Portland State University. Department of Electrical Engineering
Lee W. Casperson
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering
1 online resource (50 p.)
Polarization (Light), Laser communication systems, Liquid crystals -- Optical properties, Algorithms, Fiber optics
One of the obstacles to coherent fiber-optic communications is the unpredictable polarization drift which necessitates the use of an active polarization controlling system to match the polarizations of the signal and local oscillator. The polarization match must be maintained during the reset of any of the finite range components to prevent loss of data. We present a novel and practical system which uses three liquid crystal devices for the polarization matching process. Also, the required reset control algorithm and its derivation are described in detail.
Rumbaugh, Scott Hamilton, "Endless state-of-polarization control for coherent optical communication systems using nematic liquid crystals" (1989). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4145.