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  1. VCSEL polarization control for chip-scale atomic clocks.

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    Geib, Kent Martin; Peake, Gregory Merwin; Wendt, Joel Robert; Serkland, Darwin Keith; Keeler, Gordon Arthur

    2007-01-01

    Sandia National Laboratories and Mytek, LLC have collaborated to develop a monolithically-integrated vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) assembly with controllable polarization states suitable for use in chip-scale atomic clocks. During the course of this work, a robust technique to provide polarization control was modeled and demonstrated. The technique uses deeply-etched surface gratings oriented at several different rotational angles to provide VCSEL polarization stability. A rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) model was used to optimize the design for high polarization selectivity and fabrication tolerance. The new approach to VCSEL polarization control may be useful in a number of defense and commercial applications, including chip-scale atomic clocks and other low-power atomic sensors.

  2. Volume production of polarization controlled single-mode VCSELs

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    Grabherr, Martin; King, Roger; Jäger, Roland; Wiedenmann, Dieter; Gerlach, Philipp; Duckeck, Denise; Wimmer, Christian

    2008-02-01

    Over the past 3 years laser based tracking systems for optical PC mice have outnumbered the traditional VCSEL market datacom by far. Whereas VCSEL for datacom in the 850 nm regime emit in multipe transverse modes, all laser based tracking systems demand for single-mode operation which require advanced manufacturing technology. Next generation tracking systems even require single-polarization characteristics in order to avoid unwanted movement of the pointer due to polarization flips. High volume manufacturing and optimized production methods are crucial for achieving the addressed technical and commercial targets of this consumer market. The resulting ideal laser source which emits single-mode and single-polarization at low cost is also a promising platform for further applications like tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) or miniature atomic clocks when adapted to the according wavelengths.

  3. Polarization mode control of long-wavelength VCSELs by intracavity patterning

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    Long, Christopher Michael; Mickovic, Zlatko; Dwir, Benjamin; Caliman, Andrei; Iakovlev, Vladimir; Mereuta, Alexandru; Sirbu, Alexei; Kapon, Eli

    2016-04-26

    Polarization mode control is enhanced in wafer-fused vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers emitting at 1310 nm wavelength by etching two symmetrically arranged arcs above the gain structure within the laser cavity. The intracavity patterning introduces birefringence and dichroism, which discriminates between the two polarization states of the fundamental transverse modes. We find that the cavity modifications define the polarization angle at threshold with respect to the crystal axes, and increase the gain anisotropy and birefringence on average, leading to an increase in the polarization switching current. As a result, experimental measurements are explained using the spin-flip model of VCSEL polarization dynamics.

  4. Spin-controlled switching of lasing circular polarizations in (110)-oriented VCSELs

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    Yokota, Nobuhide; Ikeda, Kazuhiro; Koh, Shinji; Kawaguchi, Hitoshi

    2011-02-01

    We discuss high speed switching of lasing circular polarizations in VCSELs by optical spin injection. We conducted polarization- and time-resolved measurements of two consecutive lasing outputs from a (110)-InGaAs/GaAs VCSEL at 77 K with different time delays between the two optical excitations for alternately up- and down-spin electrons. 1-GHz switching of lasing circular polarizations has been demonstrated with taking advantage of the long electron spin relaxation time τs in (110)-QWs. Rate equation analysis closely reproduced the measured results and showed that shortening the carrier lifetime τc while preserving the long τs is a straightforward solution for faster switching since the residual unpolarized electrons limit the switching speed. Thus, we dry-etched the (110)-QWs into micro-posts to introduce the surface non-radiative recombination using ECR-RIE, and investigated the τc and τs. Spin-polarized carriers were optically excited in square posts with different sizes from 0.5 μm to 30 μm, and the time evolutions of two orthogonal circular polarization components of photoluminescence were measured by a streak camera. The long τ s (~1.3 ns) in the (110)-QW wafer is found to be preserved even when the sidewall boundaries with fast surface recombination are introduced and the τc is drastically shortened. The same rate equation analysis indicated that spin-controlled VCSELs with such (110)-QW micro-posts will exhibit faster switching thanks to the shortened τc and preserved long τs. In particular, 20-GHz switching is expected with 0.5-μm posts, although the threshold pulse energy per unit area becomes 2.9 times larger than that for 1-GHz switching without post structure.

  5. Controllable optoelectric composite logic gates based on the polarization switching in an optically injected VCSEL.

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    Zhong, Dongzhou; Ji, Yongqiang; Luo, Wei

    2015-11-16

    Based on the polarization switching mechanism in an optically injected vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL), and the new electro-optic modulation theory, we propose a novel approach to implement optoelectric logic gates. Here, the two linearly polarized lights from the output of the laser are considered as two logic outputs. Under the electro-optic modulation, one of the logic outputs is the NOT operation with the other one. With the same logic input signal, we perform various digital signal processing (AND, OR, XNOR, NAND, NOR and XOR) in the optical domain, controlling the logic operation of the applied electric field between the two logic input signals. On this basis, the logic operation of half-adder is further implemented. PMID:26698465

  6. Polarization dynamics of VCSELs in external cavities

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    Marconi, M.; Javaloyes, J.; Barland, S.; Balle, S.; Giudici, M.

    2014-05-01

    We review the dynamics of VCSELs that experience both Polarization-Selective Feedback (PSF) and Crossed- Polarization Reinjection (XPR). Different regimes of regular pulsation were found. For strong enough XPR levels, the VCSEL emission in each of its linearly-polarized components displays a square-wave modulation which regularity is greatly enhanced by small levels of PSF. Such a square-wave is in antiphase for the two polarizations, and it turns out to be stable and robust over broad intervals of current. The frequency of the square-wave is determined by the length of the XPR arm. For weak levels of PSF and XPR, the VCSEL emits a regular train of short optical pulses arising from the locking of the modes in the PSF cavity. The frequency of the pulse train is stable on short time scales, but it wanders with a characteristic time scale of hundreds of roundtrips in the PSF cavity. The experimental results are successfully explained by an extension of the Spin-Flip Model that incorporates gain saturation and the effects of PSF and XPR.

  7. Photonic heterostructure High Contrast Grating as a novel polarization control and light confinement system in HCG VCSEL

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    Gebski, M.; Dems, M.; Chen, J.; Qijie, W.; Dao Hua, Z.; Czyszanowski, T.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we present results of computer optical simulations of VCSEL with modified high refractive index contrast grating (HCG) as a top mirror. We consider the HCG of two different designs which determine the lateral aperture. Such HCG mirror provides selective guiding effect. We show that proper design of aperture of HCG results in almost sixfold increase in cavity Q-factor for zero order mode and a discrimination of higher order modes.

  8. Polarization-stable single-mode VCSELs for Cs-based MEMS atomic clock applications

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    Al-Samaneh, Ahmed; Renz, Simeon; Strodl, Andreas; Schwarz, Wolfgang; Wahl, Dietmar; Michalzik, Rainer

    2010-04-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) emitting at 894.6 nm wavelength have been fabricated for Cs-based atomic clock applications. For polarization control, a previously developed technique relying on the integration of a semiconducting surface grating in the top Bragg mirror of the VCSEL structure is employed. More specifically, we use a so-called inverted grating. The VCSELs are polarized orthogonal to the grating lines with no far-field diffraction side-lobes for sub-wavelength grating periods. Orthogonal polarization suppression ratios exceed 20 dB. The polarization stability has been investigated at different elevated substrate temperatures up to 80 C, where the VCSEL remains polarization-stable even well above thermal roll-over. For the purpose of integration with the atomic clock microsystem, flip-chip-bondable VCSEL chips have been realized. Sub-mA threshold currents and sufficient output powers in the milliwatt range are achieved. The required modulation bandwidth of more than 5 GHz is reached at only 0.5mA bias. Maximum bandwidths above 10 GHz have been measured even at elevated temperatures up to 80 C. Modulation current efficiency factors larger than 12 GHz/?mA are achieved at room temperature. Moreover, the intrinsic modulation characteristics of the VCSELs are investigated by precise curve fitting of measured small-signal modulation response curves and relative intensity noise spectra. A K-factor of less than 0.4 ns and a maximum 3 dB bandwidth exceeding 22 GHz are obtained.

  9. Time-delay signature of chaos in 1550 nm VCSELs with variable-polarization FBG feedback.

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    Li, Yan; Wu, Zheng-Mao; Zhong, Zhu-Qiang; Yang, Xian-Jie; Mao, Song; Xia, Guang-Qiong

    2014-08-11

    Based on the framework of spin-flip model (SFM), the output characteristics of a 1550 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) subject to variable-polarization fiber Bragg grating (FBG) feedback (VPFBGF) have been investigated. With the aid of the self-correlation function (SF) and the permutation entropy (PE) function, the time-delay signature (TDS) of chaos in the VPFBGF-VCSEL is evaluated, and then the influences of the operation parameters on the TDS of chaos are analyzed. The results show that the TDS of chaos can be suppressed efficiently through selecting suitable coupling coefficient and feedback rate of the FBG, and is weaker than that of chaos generated by traditional variable-polarization mirror feedback VCSELs (VPMF-VCSELs) or polarization-preserved FBG feedback VCSELs (PPFBGF-VCSELs). PMID:25321044

  10. 10-Gb/s Optical Buffer Memory Using a Polarization Bistable VCSEL

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    Mori, Takashi; Sato, Yuuki; Kawaguchi, Hitoshi

    Optical buffer memory for 10-Gb/s data signal is demonstrated experimentally using a polarization bistable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). The optical buffer memory is based on an optical AND gate function and the polarization bistability of the VCSEL. Fast AND gate operation responsive to 50-ps-width optical pulses is achieved experimentally by increasing the detuning frequency between an injection light into the VCSEL and a lasing light from the VCSEL. A specified bit is extracted from the 10-Gb/s data signal by the fast AND gate operation and is stored as the polarization state of the VCSEL by the polarization bistability. The corresponding numerical simulations are also performed using two-mode rate equations taking into account the detuning frequency. The simulation results confirm the fast AND gate operation by increasing the detuning frequency as well as the experimental results.

  11. Numerical implementation of a VCSEL-based stochastic logic gate via polarization bistability.

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    Zamora-Munt, J; Masoller, C

    2010-08-01

    We study the interplay of polarization bistability, spontaneous emission noise and aperiodic current modulation in vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). We demonstrate the phenomenon of logic stochastic resonance (LSR), by which the laser gives robust and reliable logic response to two logic inputs encoded in an aperiodic signal directly modulating the laser bias current. The probability of a correct response is controlled by the noise strength, and is equal to 1 in a wide region of noise strengths. LSR is associated with optimal noise-activated polarization switchings (the so-called "inter-well" dynamics if one considers the VCSEL as a bistable system described by a double-well potential) and optimal sensitivity to spontaneous emission in each polarization (the "intra-well" dynamics in the double-well potential picture). The robust nature of LSR in VCSELs offers interesting perspectives for novel applications and provides yet another example of a driven nonlinear optical system where noise can be employed constructively. PMID:20721028

  12. Asymmetric dwell-time statistics of polarization chaos from free-running VCSEL.

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    Virte, Martin; Mirisola, Elodie; Sciamanna, Marc; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2015-04-15

    We experimentally report on asymmetric dwell-time statistics of polarization chaos dynamics generated from free-running vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). Theoretically, we explain this behavior by introducing a misalignment between the phase and amplitude anisotropy within the spin-flip model for VCSELs. It induces an asymmetry in the VCSEL polarization behavior which is then responsible for significant changes in the statistics of the chaotic mode-hopping with an increase in the average residence time and an inversion of the dominant mode. PMID:25872094

  13. Combined effects of semiconductor gain dynamics, spin dynamics, and thermal shift in polarization selection in VCSELs

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    San Miguel, Maxi; Balle, Salvador; Mulet, Josep; Mirasso, Claudio R.; Tolkachova, E.; Tredicce, Jorge R.

    2000-07-01

    We discuss mechanisms of polarization switching (PS) in Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) within a mesoscopic approach based on an explicit form of a frequency- dependent complex susceptibility of the QW semi-conductor material. Cavity anisotropies, spin carrier dynamics and thermal shift of the gain curve are also taken into account in this framework. For large birefringence we find a PS due to thermal shift. For small birefringence we find a different PS, from the high-gain to the low-gain polarization state, that occurs at constant temperature. We characterize polarization partition noise in terms of power spectra. Transverse effects for PS in gain guided VCSELs are also considered.

  14. Investigation of elliptically polarized injection locked states in VCSELs subject to orthogonal optical injection.

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    Lin, Hong; Pérez, Pablo; Valle, Angel; Pesquera, Luis

    2014-03-10

    We demonstrate experimentally the existence of the elliptically polarized injection-locked (EPIL) state. This state is observed when a single-transverse mode VCSEL is subject to orthogonal optical injection. The spectral feature of the EPIL state is verified and the power of each polarization is measured. The regime of the EPIL state is identified in the parameter plane of frequency detuning and injection power for different bias currents. As current decreases the frequency detuning range for the EPIL to exist is narrower and shifts toward the negative frequency detuning. Periodic dynamics of the VCSEL is found in the neighborhood of the EPIL regime. PMID:24663827

  15. Novel closed-form solution for spin-polarization in quantum dot VCSEL

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    Qasaimeh, Omar

    2015-09-01

    A novel analytical model for spin-polarization in quantum dot VCSEL has been derived. The derived model includes the effect of spin relaxation of electron and hole in all discrete energy states. The model also takes into account the gain dispersion of the quantum dots, the birefringence, the linewidth enhancement factor and the doping concentration in the active layer. We find that spin relaxation of electrons has stronger effect on the polarization characteristics of quantum dot VCSEL than spin relaxation of holes (especially in p-type doped spin-injected quantum dot VCSEL). The derived model is accurate and exhibits negligible computational time compared with numerical models. In addition, the derived model is suitable for device design and optimization.

  16. All-optical 2-bit header recognition and packet switching using polarization bistable VCSELs.

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    Hayashi, Daisuke; Nakao, Kazuya; Katayama, Takeo; Kawaguchi, Hitoshi

    2015-04-01

    We propose and evaluate an all-optical 2-bit header recognition and packet switching method using two 1.55-µm polarization bistable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and three optical switches. Polarization bistable VCSELs acted as flip-flop devices by using AND-gate operations of the header and set pulses, together with the reset pulses. Optical packets including 40-Gb/s non-return-to-zero pseudo-random bit-sequence payloads were successfully sent to one of four ports according to the state of two bits in the headers with a 4-bit 500-Mb/s return-to-zero format. The input pulse powers were 17.2 to 31.8 dB lower than the VCSEL output power. We also examined an extension of this method to multi-bit header recognition and packet switching. PMID:25968674

  17. Controlled switching of ultrafast circular polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Höpfner, Henning; Lindemann, Markus; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate a scheme for controlled switching of polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (spin-VCSEL). Under hybrid electrical and optical pumping conditions, our VCSEL devices show polarization oscillations with frequencies far above the VCSEL's electrical modulation bandwidth. Using multiple optical pulses, we are able to excite and amplify these polarization oscillations. When specific phase and amplitude conditions for the optical excitation pulses are met, destructive interference leads to switch-off of the polarization oscillation, enabling the generation of controlled short polarization bursts.

  18. Controlled switching of ultrafast circular polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Höpfner, Henning Lindemann, Markus; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2014-01-13

    We demonstrate a scheme for controlled switching of polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (spin-VCSEL). Under hybrid electrical and optical pumping conditions, our VCSEL devices show polarization oscillations with frequencies far above the VCSEL's electrical modulation bandwidth. Using multiple optical pulses, we are able to excite and amplify these polarization oscillations. When specific phase and amplitude conditions for the optical excitation pulses are met, destructive interference leads to switch-off of the polarization oscillation, enabling the generation of controlled short polarization bursts.

  19. Investigation of polarization switching of VCSEL subject to intensity modulated and optical feedback

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    Nazhan, Salam; Ghassemlooy, Z.; Busawon, K.; Gholami, A.

    2015-12-01

    This study presents the results of an experimental investigation of the polarization switching (PS) of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) using the so-called polarization-rotated optical feedback mechanism. In particular, the experiments is performed by changing the laser driving current, optical feedback (OF) level, modulation signal parameters, such as frequency, modulation-depth in order to assess their influences on the PS of VCSEL. We show that a smaller polarization angle θp is required to realize PS with increasing the level of OF. Moreover, for a fixed OF level and increased bias current a smaller θp is required to ensure PS. However, for a fixed OF and variable modulation parameters, both the frequency and modulation-depth lead to the elimination of PS over the entire range of measurement.

  20. 1.55-μm VCSEL with polarization-independent HCG mirror on SOI.

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    Tsunemi, Yoshihiro; Yokota, Nobuhide; Majima, Shota; Ikeda, Kazuhiro; Katayama, Takeo; Kawaguchi, Hitoshi

    2013-11-18

    We designed and fabricated a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) incorporating a polarization-independent high-index-contrast subwavelength grating (HCG) mirror on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) for a novel polarization-bistable device on a silicon substrate. The VCSEL consists of the HCG mirror, an active layer with InGaAsP quantum wells having optical gain around 1.55 μm, and an Al0.9Ga0.1As/Al0.16Ga0.84As DBR. We used direct wafer bonding for the bonding between the active layer and the AlGaAs DBR, and benzocyclobutene (BCB) bonding for the bonding between the active layer and the polarization-independent HCG mirror. The reflectivity of the HCG embedded with BCB was measured, resulting in a 200-nm-high reflectivity band with reflectivity higher than 99% and a small polarization dependence of ± 1%. We achieved lasing of the fabricated HCG-VCSEL at 1527 nm under an optical short pulse excitation with an average power of 50 mW (~0.2 mJ/cm2) at 240 K. PMID:24514380

  1. Polarization-resolved time-delay signatures of chaos induced by FBG-feedback in VCSEL.

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    Zhong, Zhu-Qiang; Li, Song-Sui; Chan, Sze-Chun; Xia, Guang-Qiong; Wu, Zheng-Mao

    2015-06-15

    Polarization-resolved chaotic emission intensities from a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) subject to feedback from a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) are numerically investigated. Time-delay (TD) signatures of the feedback are examined through various means including self-correlations of intensity time-series of individual polarizations, cross-correlation of intensities time-series between both polarizations, and permutation entropies calculated for the individual polarizations. The results show that the TD signatures can be clearly suppressed by selecting suitable operation parameters such as the feedback strength, FBG bandwidth, and Bragg frequency. Also, in the operational parameter space, numerical maps of TD signatures and effective bandwidths are obtained, which show regions of chaotic signals with both wide bandwidths and weak TD signatures. Finally, by comparing with a VCSEL subject to feedback from a mirror, the VCSEL subject to feedback from the FBG generally shows better concealment of the TD signatures with similar, or even wider, bandwidths. PMID:26193526

  2. Fast, electrically controlled polarization modulation of multimode vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers by RF frequency modulation.

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    Barve, Ajit V; Zheng, Yan; Johansson, Leif A; Mehta, Alok; Husain, Anis; Coldren, Larry A

    2013-12-16

    We report on a study of polarization properties of asymmetric, multimode vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) subjected to electrical RF modulation. When subjected to RF modulation, complex frequency-dependent polarization properties, especially near the polarization switching point are revealed. We propose a scheme of rapidly switching the two RF frequencies modulating the VCSEL, in order to achieve fast polarization modulation in these VCSEL. Polarization modulation up to 300 MHz by modulating the RF frequency and up to 1.5 GHz with RF power modulation has been demonstrated; the fastest reported electrically controlled polarization modulation for multimode VCSELs. PMID:24514683

  3. Effect of temperature on polarization switching in long-wavelength VCSELs

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    Quirce, Ana; Valle, Angel; Pesquera, Luis; Panajotov, Krassimir; Thienpont, Hugo

    2015-03-01

    We have measured the effect of the temperature on the polarization-resolved characteristics of a 1550-nm singletransverse mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). Two double polarization switchings (PS) are observed. For low temperatures a PS from longer to shorter wavelengths (Type II PS) followed by the opposite PS (Type I) is observed. For higher temperatures Type I followed by Type II PS are measured. A simple expression relating the spin flip rate to the dichroism, differential gain, threshold current and PS current is derived. With this expression the dependence of the spin-flip rate on the temperature is obtained.

  4. Study on differences between high contrast grating reflectors for TM and TE polarizations and their impact on VCSEL designs.

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    Chung, Il-Sug

    2015-06-29

    A theoretical study of differences in broadband high-index-contrast grating (HCG) reflectors for TM and TE polarizations is presented, covering various grating parameters and properties of HCGs. It is shown that the HCG reflectors for TM polarization (TM HCG reflectors) have much thicker grating thicknesses and smaller grating periods than the TE HCG reflectors. This difference is found to originate from the different boundary conditions met for the electric field of each polarization. Due to this difference, the TM HCG reflectors have much shorter evanescent extension of HCG modes into low-refractive-index media surrounding the HCG. This enables to achieve a very short effective cavity length for VC-SELs, which is essential for ultrahigh speed VCSELs and MEMS-tunable VCSELs. The obtained understandings on polarization dependences will be able to serve as important design guidelines for various HCG-based devices. PMID:26191685

  5. Study on differences between high contrast grating reflectors for TM and TE polarizations and their impact on VCSEL designs

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    Chung, Il-Sug

    2015-06-01

    A theoretical study of differences in broadband high-index-contrast grating (HCG) reflectors for TM and TE polarizations is presented, covering various grating parameters and properties of HCGs. It is shown that the HCG reflectors for TM polarization (TM HCG reflectors) have much thicker grating thicknesses and smaller grating periods than the TE HCG reflectors. This difference is found to originate from the different boundary conditions met for the electric field of each polarization. Due to this difference, the TM HCG reflectors have much shorter evanescent extension of HCG modes into low-refractive-index media surrounding the HCG. This enables to achieve a very short effective cavity length for VCSELs, which is essential for ultrahigh speed VCSELs and MEMS-tunable VCSELs. The obtained understandings on polarization dependences will be able to serve as important design guidelines for various HCG-based devices.

  6. Experimental and numerical analysis on temporal dynamics of polarization switching in an injection-locked 1.55-μm wavelength VCSEL

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    Manohar Deshmukh, Vijay; Lee, Seoung Hun; Kim, Dong Wook; Kim, Kyong Hon; Lee, Min Hee

    2011-08-01

    We present experimental and numerical study of temporal characteristics of injection-locked polarization switching of a conventional-type 1.55-μm wavelength single-mode vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). Delayed recovery response of the main-mode of the VCSEL was observed when short and strong optical injection pulses of an orthogonal polarization to the VCSEL's main polarization-mode were applied. Numerical analysis based on a spin-flip model describes that the relatively long upper level lifetimes compared to a short injection-pulse width and long cavity photon lifetimes cause delayed recovery response of the main-mode of the VCSEL. An optimum bias current of the VCSEL was also observed for the shortest recovery time of its free-running polarization mode after the orthogonal polarization beam pulse injection.

  7. Transverse mode control in high-contrast grating VCSELs.

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    Gębski, Marcin; Kuzior, Olga; Dems, Maciej; Wasiak, Michał; Xie, Y Y; Xu, Z J; Wang, Qi Jie; Zhang, Dao Hua; Czyszanowski, Tomasz

    2014-08-25

    This paper presents an extensive numerical analysis of a high-contrast grating VCSEL emitting at 0.98 μm. Using a three-dimensional, fully vectorial optical model, we investigate the influence of a non-uniform grating with a broad range of geometrical parameters on the modal behavior of the VCSEL. Properly designed and optimized, the high-contrast grating confines the fundamental mode selectively in all three dimensions and discriminates all higher order modes by expelling them from its central region. This mechanism makes single mode operation possible under a broad range of currents and could potentially enhance the single-mode output power of such devices. The high-contrast grating design proposed here is the only design for a VCSEL with three-dimensional, selective, optical confinement that requires relatively simple fabrication. PMID:25321296

  8. Polarization control of 1.6 ?m vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers using InAs quantum dashes on InP(001)

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    Lamy, J. M.; Paranthoen, C.; Levallois, C.; Nakkar, A.; Folliot, H.; Gauthier, J. P.; Dehaese, O.; Le Corre, A.; Loualiche, S.

    2009-07-01

    The authors report the demonstration of a polarization-controlled vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), emitting at the telecommunication wavelength. VCSELs are based on an active medium constituted of well elongated InAs quantum dashes (QDHs) nanostructures grown on conventional (001) oriented InP substrate. QDHs present important optical polarization anisotropies according to the [110] crystallographic orientation. Inserted into a VCSEL microcavity, QDH VCSELs show a continuous wave laser operation at 1.6 ?m, at room temperature, with a reduced 13 kW/cm2 optical excitation density threshold. The QDH VCSEL output laser polarization is fixed along the same [110] direction. Power and temperature dependant measurements do not show any polarization instabilities and switching on all QDH VCSELs. A polarization extinction ratio as high as 30 dB is deduced from experiments.

  9. VCSEL-powered and polarization-maintaining fiber-optic grating vector rotation sensor.

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    Guo, Tuan; Liu, Fu; Du, Fa; Zhang, Zhaochuan; Li, Chunjie; Guan, Bai-Ou; Albert, Jacques

    2013-08-12

    A compact fiber-optic vector rotation sensor in which a short section of polarization-maintaining (PM) fiber stub containing a straight fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is spliced to another single mode fiber without any lateral offset is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Due to the intrinsic birefringence of the PM fiber, two well-defined resonances (i.e. orthogonally polarized FBG core modes) with wavelength separation of 0.5 nm have been achieved in reflection, and they exhibit a high sensitivity to fiber rotation. Both the orientation and the angle of rotation can be determined unambiguously via simple power detection of the relative amplitudes of the orthogonal core reflections. Meanwhile, instead of using a broadband source (BBS), the sensor is powered by a commercial vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with the laser wavelength matched to the PM-FBG core modes, which enables the sensor to work at much higher power levels (~15 dB better than BBS). This improves the signal-to-noise ratio considerably (~50 dB), and makes a demodulation filter unnecessary. Vector rotation measurement with a sensitivity of 0.09 dB/deg has been achieved via cost-effective single detector real time power measurement, and the unwanted power fluctuations and temperature perturbations can be effectively referenced out. PMID:23938824

  10. Ultrafast polarization dynamics with controlled polarization oscillations in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Lindemann, Markus; Höpfner, Henning; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.; Pusch, Tobias; Michalzik, Rainer

    2015-03-01

    Spintronic lasers offer promising perspectives for new concepts superior to options of purely charge-based devices. Especially spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (spin-VCSELs) exhibit ultrafast spin and polarization dynamics. Using pulsed spin-injection, oscillations in the circular polarization degree can be generated, which have the potential to exceed frequencies of 100 GHz. The oscillations evolve due to coupling of the carrier-spin-photon system for linear modes via birefringence in the VCSEL's cavity. They are independent of the conventional relaxation oscillations and thus their usage can be the cornerstone for ultrafast directly modulated spin-VCSELs in the near future. After giving a short overview of the state of scientific and technical knowledge we will outline a method to control the polarization oscillations by multiple spin-injection pulses. It is possible to switch these oscillations on and off, depending on phase and amplitude conditions of two consecutive excitation pulses. Even half-cycles can be generated, which is the basis for short polarization pulses, only limited by the polarization oscillation resonance frequency. We investigate influences of the birefringence, which directly determines the oscillation frequency, by means of calculations with the spin-flip-model and experimental verification using 850 nm VCSELs. Furthermore we discuss experimental possibilities of increasing the birefringence and therefore the oscillation frequency, such that ultrashort pulses come into reach.

  11. Control of emitted light polarization in a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser subject to circularly polarized optical injection

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    Alharthi, S. S. Hurtado, A.; Al Seyab, R. K.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.; Korpijarvi, V.-M.; Guina, M.

    2014-11-03

    We experimentally demonstrate the control of the light polarization emitted by a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) at room temperature. This is achieved by means of a combination of polarized optical pumping and polarized optical injection. Without external injection, the polarization of the optical pump controls that of the spin-VCSEL. However, the addition of the externally injected signal polarized with either left- (LCP) or right-circular polarization (RCP) is able to control the polarization of the spin-VCSEL switching it at will to left- or right-circular polarization. A numerical model has been developed showing a very high degree of agreement with the experimental findings.

  12. Improved performance of polarization-stable VCSELs by monolithic sub-wavelength gratings produced by soft nano-imprint lithography

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    Verschuuren, M. A.; Gerlach, P.; van Sprang, H. A.; Polman, A.

    2011-12-01

    We present a novel method for fabricating polarization-stable oxide-confined single-mode GaAs based vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) emitting at 850 nm using a new soft-lithography nano-imprint technique. A monolithic surface grating is etched in the output mirror of the laser cavity using a directly imprinted silica-based sol-gel imprint resist as an etch mask. The opto-electronic performance of these devices is compared to VCSELs fabricated by state-of-the-art electron-beam lithography. The lasers made using the soft nano-imprint technique show single-mode TM lasing at a threshold and laser slope similar to that of devices made by e-beam lithography. The soft nano-imprint technique also enables the fabrication of gratings with sub-wavelength pitch, which avoids diffraction losses in the laser cavity. The resulting single-mode VCSEL devices exhibit 29% enhanced efficiency compared to devices equipped with diffractive gratings.

  13. Improved performance of polarization-stable VCSELs by monolithic sub-wavelength gratings produced by soft nano-imprint lithography.

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    Verschuuren, M A; Gerlach, P; van Sprang, H A; Polman, A

    2011-12-16

    We present a novel method for fabricating polarization-stable oxide-confined single-mode GaAs based vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) emitting at 850 nm using a new soft-lithography nano-imprint technique. A monolithic surface grating is etched in the output mirror of the laser cavity using a directly imprinted silica-based sol-gel imprint resist as an etch mask. The opto-electronic performance of these devices is compared to VCSELs fabricated by state-of-the-art electron-beam lithography. The lasers made using the soft nano-imprint technique show single-mode TM lasing at a threshold and laser slope similar to that of devices made by e-beam lithography. The soft nano-imprint technique also enables the fabrication of gratings with sub-wavelength pitch, which avoids diffraction losses in the laser cavity. The resulting single-mode VCSEL devices exhibit 29% enhanced efficiency compared to devices equipped with diffractive gratings. PMID:22107885

  14. Recent Advances of VCSEL Photonics

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    Koyama, Fumio

    2006-12-01

    A vertical-cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) was invented 30 years ago. A lot of unique features can be expected, such as low-power consumption, wafer-level testing, small packaging capability, and so on. The market of VCSELs has been growing up rapidly in recent years, and they are now key devices in local area networks using multimode optical fibers. Also, long wavelength VCSELs are currently attracting much interest for use in single-mode fiber metropolitan area and wide area network applications. In addition, a VCSEL-based disruptive technology enables various consumer applications such as a laser mouse and laser printers. In this paper, the recent advance of VCSEL photonics will be reviewed, which include the wavelength extension of single-mode VCSELs and their wavelength integration/control. Also, this paper explores the potential and challenges for new functions of VCSELs toward optical signal processing.

  15. Hybrid VCSEL: liquid crystal systems

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    Panajotov, K.; Xie, Y.; Beeckman, J.; Neyts, K.; Dems, M.; Belmonte, C.; Thienpont, H.

    2015-03-01

    We study theoretically and experimentally spectral and polarization characteristics of hybrid systems of VCSELs integrated within liquid crystal (LC) cells. Three cases are considered: Nematic or cholesteric LC on top of VCSEL, coupled-cavity system with the second cavity next to the VCSEL's one filled in with nematic LC and a system with a nematic LC inside the VCSEL cavity. For the case of nematic liquid crystal - VCSEL coupled cavity system we demonstrate selection between two orthogonal directions of linear polarization of the fundamental mode by changing the LC length or by electro-optical tuning of the LC director. For the case of cholesteric liquid crystal-VCSEL system we demonstrate lasing on circularly polarized (CP) modes due to the LC band gap for CP light. The transition from nematic to isotropic phase of the LC when increasing temperature leads to a drastic change of the polarization of the generated light from left-handed circular to linear polarization. Finally, we investigate the possibility of efficient wavelength tuning by utilizing electrooptical effect in nematic LC layer integrated next to the active region in a VCSEL cavity.

  16. Bistability of time-periodic polarization dynamics in a free-running VCSEL.

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    Virte, M; Sciamanna, M; Mercier, E; Panajotov, K

    2014-03-24

    We report experimentally a bistability between two limit cycles (i.e. time-periodic dynamics) in a free-running vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. The two limit cycles originate from a bifurcation on two elliptically polarized states which exhibit a small frequency difference and whose main axes are symmetrical with respect to the linear polarization eigenaxes at threshold. We demonstrate theoretically that this peculiar behavior can be explained in the framework of the spin-flip model model by taking into account a small misalignment between the phase and amplitude anisotropies. PMID:24664025

  17. Control of cavity lifetime of 1.5 µm wafer-fused VCSELs by digital mirror trimming.

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    Ellafi, Dalila; Iakovlev, Valdimir; Sirbu, Alexei; Suruceanu, Grigore; Mickovic, Zlatco; Caliman, Andrei; Mereuta, Alexandru; Kapon, Elyahou

    2014-12-29

    Digital chemical etching is used to trim the output mirror thickness of wafer-fused VCSELs emitting at a wavelength near 1.5µm. The fine control of the photon cavity lifetime thus achieved is employed to extract important device parameters and optimize the combination of the threshold current, output power, and direct current modulation characteristics. The fabrication process is compatible with industrial production and should help in improving device yield and in reducing manufacturing costs. PMID:25607182

  18. VCSELs with nematic and cholesteric liquid crystal overlays

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    Panajotov, K.; Dems, M.; Belmonte, C.; Thienpont, H.; Xie, Y.; Beeckman, J.; Neyts, K.

    2013-03-01

    We study theoretically the spectral and polarization threshold characteristics of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers with nematic and cholesteric liquid crystal overlay: LC-VCSELs. In the first case, we demonstrate the possibility of selecting between two orthogonal directions of linear polarization (LP) of the fundamental mode (x or y LP) by choosing appropriate NLC length and to achieve strong polarization discrimination: threshold gain difference as large as several times the threshold gain. We also demonstrate an active control of light polarization by electro-optically tuning the LC director and show that either polarization switching between x and y LP modes or continuous change of the LP direction is possible. For cholesteric LC-VCSEL we show that it becomes a coupled system with different spectral, threshold and polarization characteristics than the ones of the stand-alone VCSEL. Due to the existence of a band gap for circularly polarized light in the liquid crystal, lasing occurs in almost circularly polarized modes at the LC side.

  19. VCSEL Swept Light Sources

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    Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar; Jiang, James; Potsaid, Benjamin; Robertson, Martin; Heim, Peter J. S.; Burgner, Christopher; John, Demis; Cole, Garrett D.; Grulkowski, Ireneusz; Fujimoto, James G.; Davis, Anjul M.; Cable, Alex E.

    Wavelength-swept light sources are widely recognized as a critical enabling technology for swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). In recent years, amplified micro-electromechanical systems tunable vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (MEMS-VCSELs) have emerged as a high performance swept source, providing a unique combination of of wide tuning range, high maximum sweep rate, variable sweep rate, long dynamic coherence length enabled by dynamic mode-hop-free single mode operation, high optical power, and excellent imaging quality. Other important parameters provided by these devices include operation in a stable polarization state, low output power ripple, and linearized wavelength sweeping. This work describes MEMS-VCSEL device design, fabrication, and performance for devices in the 1050nm band relevant to ophthalmic imaging, and the 1310nm band relevant to vascular, skin, and anatomic imaging. Tuning ranges achieved include 100 nm at 1050nm and 150nm at 1310, with the latter result representing the widest tuning range of any MEMS-VCSEL at any wavelength. Both 1050 and 1310nm devices have enabled record imaging speed, record imaging range, and enhanced SS-OCT imaging.

  20. An ultra-stable VCSEL light source

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    Downing, John; Babić, Dubravko; Hibbs-Brenner, Mary

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate a miniature VCSEL-based light source with optical power output that varies by less than 50 ppm/°C over a 40°C temperature range. This represents a ten-fold improvement in control accuracy over what is achieved by the best available light sources with semiconductor emitters. A single-mode, polarization-locked, 670-nm VCSEL (Vixar, Inc.) is used to demonstrate the feasibility of the light source. The critical component of our control system is a beamsplitter formed by a wedge of fused silica with a weakly-polarizing, interference coating. A wedge shape eliminates fluctuations in optical power caused by interference fringes and the normal incidence of the exit beam removes polarization dependency as well as the need for an anti-reflective coating. The beamsplitter is in a closed control loop that enables compensation for control errors caused by changes in photodetector responsivity, emission wavelength, and beam divergence with temperature. We also show that careful attention to optical and mechanical alignment is essential to realize the performance enhancements reported herein. Angular tolerances of +/-0.05°are required and most coating houses lack the metrology capabilities to characterize the TCB coating with such high tolerances. A discrete-wavelength reflectometer was developed for this purpose.

  1. 850-nm oxide VCSEL development at Hewlett-Packard

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    Deng, Hongyu; Dudley, James J.; Lim, Sui F.; Lei, Chun; Liang, Bing; Tashima, M.; Hodge, Lee A.; Zhang, Xuemei; Herniman, John; Herrick, Robert W.

    1999-04-01

    Oxide confined VCSELs are being developed at Hewlett-Packard for the next-generation low cost fiber optics communication applications. Compared to the existing 850 nm implant confined VCSELs, the oxide VCSELs have lower operating voltages, higher slope efficiencies, and better modal bandwidth characteristics. Preliminary data on epitaxy and oxidation control uniformity, device performance, and reliability will be discussed.

  2. High-power VCSEL systems and applications

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    Moench, Holger; Conrads, Ralf; Deppe, Carsten; Derra, Guenther; Gronenborn, Stephan; Gu, Xi; Heusler, Gero; Kolb, Johanna; Miller, Michael; Pekarski, Pavel; Pollmann-Retsch, Jens; Pruijmboom, Armand; Weichmann, Ulrich

    2015-03-01

    Easy system design, compactness and a uniform power distribution define the basic advantages of high power VCSEL systems. Full addressability in space and time add new dimensions for optimization and enable "digital photonic production". Many thermal processes benefit from the improved control i.e. heat is applied exactly where and when it is needed. The compact VCSEL systems can be integrated into most manufacturing equipment, replacing batch processes using large furnaces and reducing energy consumption. This paper will present how recent technological development of high power VCSEL systems will extend efficiency and flexibility of thermal processes and replace not only laser systems, lamps and furnaces but enable new ways of production. High power VCSEL systems are made from many VCSEL chips, each comprising thousands of low power VCSELs. Systems scalable in power from watts to multiple ten kilowatts and with various form factors utilize a common modular building block concept. Designs for reliable high power VCSEL arrays and systems can be developed and tested on each building block level and benefit from the low power density and excellent reliability of the VCSELs. Furthermore advanced assembly concepts aim to reduce the number of individual processes and components and make the whole system even more simple and reliable.

  3. High power VCSEL devices for atomic clock applications

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    Watkins, L. S.; Ghosh, C.; Seurin, J.-F.; Zhou, D.; Xu, G.; Xu, B.; Miglo, A.

    2015-09-01

    We are developing VCSEL technology producing >100mW in single frequency at wavelengths 780nm, 795nm and 850nm. Small aperture VCSELs with few mW output have found major applications in atomic clock experiments. Using an external cavity three-mirror configuration we have been able to operate larger aperture VCSELs and obtain >70mW power in single frequency operation. The VCSEL has been mounted in a fiber pigtailed package with the external mirror mounted on a shear piezo. The package incorporates a miniature Rb cell locker to lock the VCSEL wavelength. This VCSEL operates in single frequency and is tuned by a combination of piezo actuator, temperature and current. Mode-hop free tuning over >30GHz frequency span is obtained. The VCSEL has been locked to the Rb D2 line and feedback control used to obtain line-widths of <100kHz.

  4. Phase-Controlled Polarization Modulators

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    Chuss, D. T.; Wollack, E. J.; Novak, G.; Moseley, S. H.; Pisano, G.; Krejny, M.; U-Yen, K.

    2012-01-01

    We report technology development of millimeter/submillimeter polarization modulators that operate by introducing a a variable, controlled phase delay between two orthogonal polarization states. The variable-delay polarization modulator (VPM) operates via the introduction of a variable phase delay between two linear orthogonal polarization states, resulting in a variable mapping of a single linear polarization into a combination of that Stokes parameter and circular (Stokes V) polarization. Characterization of a prototype VPM is presented at 350 and 3000 microns. We also describe a modulator in which a variable phase delay is introduced between right- and left- circular polarization states. In this architecture, linear polarization is fully modulated. Each of these devices consists of a polarization diplexer parallel to and in front of a movable mirror. Modulation involves sub-wavelength translations of the mirror that change the magnitude of the phase delay.

  5. VCSEL Applications and Simulation

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    Cheung, Samson; Goorjian, Peter; Ning, Cun-Zheng; Li, Jian-Zhong

    2000-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation gives an overview of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) simulation and its applications. Details are given on the optical interconnection in information technology of VCSEL, the formulation of the simulation, its numeric algorithm, and the computational results.

  6. High data throughput VCSELs

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    Tatum, J. A.; Johnson, R. H.; Guenter, J. K.; Gazula, D.; Park, G.; MacInnes, A.

    2010-04-01

    VCSELs continue to be widely deployed in data communication networks. The total bandwidth requirements continue to grow, resulting in higher data rates and utilization of both spatial and wavelength multiplexing. This paper will discuss recent results on VCSELs operating at aggregate speeds up to 1000Gbps as well as the prospects and results on extending to higher serial data rates.

  7. Long-wavelength VCSELs for sensing applications

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    Ortsiefer, M.; Rosskopf, J.; Neumeyr, C.; Gründl, T.; Grasse, C.; Chen, J.; Hangauer, A.; Strzoda, R.; Gierl, C.; Meissner, P.; Küppers, F.; Amann, M.-C.

    2012-03-01

    Long-wavelength VCSELs with emission wavelengths beyond 1.3 μm have seen a remarkable progress over the last decade. This success has been accomplished by using highly advanced device concepts which effectively overcome the fundamental technological drawbacks related with long-wavelength VCSELs such as inferior thermal properties and allow for the realization of lasers with striking device performance. In this presentation, we will give an overview on the state of the technology for long-wavelength VCSELs in conjunction with their opportunities in applications for optical sensing. While VCSELs based on InP are limited to maximum emission wavelengths around 2.3 μm, even longer wavelengths up to the mid-infrared range beyond 3 μm can be achieved with VCSELs based on GaSb. For near-infrared InP-based VCSELs, the output characteristics include sub-mA threshold currents, up to several milliwatts of singlemode output power and ultralow power consumption. New concepts for widely tunable VCSELs with tuning ranges up to 100 nm independent from the material system for the active region are also presented. Today, optical sensing by Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy is a fast emerging market. Gas sensing systems are used for a wide range of applications such as industrial process control, environmental monitoring and safety applications. With their inherent and compared to other laser types superior properties including enhanced current tuning rates, wavelength tuning ranges, modulation frequencies and power consumption, long-wavelength VCSELs are regarded as key components for TDLS applications.

  8. Interferometric Polarization Control

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    Chuss, David T. (Inventor); Wollack, Edward J. (Inventor); Moseley, Samuel H. (Inventor); Novak, Giles A. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    A signal conditioning module provides a polarimeter capability in a photometric system. The module may include multiple variable delay polarization modulators. Each modulator may include an input port, and a first arm formed to include a first reflector and first rooftop mirror arranged in opposed relationship. The first reflector may direct an input radiation signal to the first rooftop mirror. Each modulator also may include an output port and a second arm formed to include a second reflector and second rooftop mirror arranged in opposed relationship. The second reflector can guide a signal from the second rooftop mirror towards the output port to provide an output radiation signal. A beamsplitting grid may be placed between the first reflector and the first rooftop mirror, and also between the second reflector and the second rooftop mirror. A translation apparatus can provide adjustment relative to optical path length vis-a-vis the first arm, the second arm and the grid.

  9. Interferometric polarization control

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    Wollack, Edward J. (Inventor); Moseley, Samuel H. (Inventor); Novak, Giles A. (Inventor); Chuss, David T. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A signal conditioning module provides a polarimeter capability in a photometric system. The module may include multiple variable delay polarization modulators. Each modulator may include an input port, and a first arm formed to include a first reflector and first rooftop mirror arranged in opposed relationship. The first reflector may direct an input radiation signal to the first rooftop mirror. Each modulator also may include an output port and a second arm formed to include a second reflector and second rooftop mirror arranged in opposed relationship. The second reflector can guide a signal from the second rooftop mirror towards the output port to provide an output radiation signal. A beamsplitting grid may be placed between the first reflector and the first rooftop mirror, and also between the second reflector and the second rooftop mirror. A translation apparatus can provide adjustment relative to optical path length vis-a-vis the first arm, the second arm and the grid.

  10. Coherent switching of polarization oscillations in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Höpfner, Henning; Lindemann, Markus; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2014-02-01

    Spin polarized lasers, especially spin polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) provide improved performance when compared to conventional, purely charge-based lasers. Advantages of these spin-enhanced devices lie in their reduced laser threshold, increased emission intensity, amplification of spin information, chirp control and possibilities for ultrafast modulation due to their faster dynamics. Utilizing a commercially available conventional VCSEL and additional spin polarized optical pumping we are able to enhance the modulation dynamics of a conventional VCSEL with new spin effects. Our experiments show polarization oscillations in the spin-photon system that result in oscillations of the circular polarization of the VCSEL emission. The resulting polarization oscillations are of significantly higher frequency than the direct modulation bandwidth of the VCSEL and persist for durations longer than the spin lifetime in the active region. Simulations based on a rate-equation model show that with an improved VCSEL layout it should be possible to reach oscillation frequencies well above 100 GHz. Here, we show that with multiple optical spin polarized pulses these oscillations can be coherently excited, amplified and also stopped. Using this excitation scheme, polarization oscillations faster than the purely charge-based dynamics can be achieved with half-cycle to multi-cycle duration. Various influences of unpolarized electrical bias, optical excitation power and delay between pulses will be discussed both theoretically and experimentally. Additionally, we analyze the qualification of this new concept for ultrafast optical communication.

  11. Controlled switching and frequency tuning of polarization oscillations in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Lindemann, Markus; Höpfner, Henning; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.; Pusch, Tobias; Michalzik, Rainer

    2015-09-01

    Spintronic lasers offer promising perspectives for novel concepts and characteristics superior to conventional purely charge-based devices. This applies in particular to spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (spin-VCSELs), which exhibit ultrafast spin and polarization dynamics. Using pulsed spin-injection, oscillations in the circular polarization degree can be generated, which have the potential to be much faster than conventional relaxation oscillations and may exceed frequencies of 100 GHz. The oscillations originate from the coupled carrier-spin-photon system in birefringent VCSEL cavities. The polarization oscillations are independent from conventional relaxation oscillations and thus can be the cornerstone for ultrafast directly modulated spin-VCSELs in the near future. It is possible to switch the oscillations on and off, depending on phase and amplitude conditions of two consecutive excitation pulses. Even half-cycles can be generated, which is the basis for short polarization pulses, only limited by the polarization oscillation resonance frequency. Experimental results of oscillation switching are given using an 850 nm oxide-confined single-mode VCSEL. In order to increase the polarization oscillation frequency, the birefringence has to be tuned to higher values. We demonstrate a method to manipulate the birefringence by adding mechanical strain to the substrate in vicinity of the VCSEL. With this method the polarization oscillation frequency can be tuned over a wide range. The results are compared to the theory with simulations using the spin-flip-model.

  12. Frequency tuning of polarization oscillations: Toward high-speed spin-lasers

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    Lindemann, Markus; Pusch, Tobias; Michalzik, Rainer; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2016-01-01

    Spin-controlled vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (spin-VCSELs) offer a high potential to overcome several limitations of conventional purely charged-based laser devices. Presumably, the highest potential of spin-VCSELs lies in their ultrafast spin and polarization dynamics, which can be significantly faster than the intensity dynamics in conventional devices. Here, we experimentally demonstrate polarization oscillations in spin-VCSELs with frequencies up to 44 GHz. The results show that the oscillation frequency mainly depends on the cavity birefringence, which can be tuned by applying mechanical strain to the VCSEL structure. A tuning range of about 34 GHz is demonstrated. By measuring the polarization oscillation frequency and the birefringence governed mode splitting as a function of the applied strain simultaneously, we are able to investigate the correlation between birefringence and polarization oscillations in detail. The experimental findings are compared to numerical calculations based on the spin-flip model.

  13. Red Emitting VCSEL

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    Jetter, Michael; Roßbach, Robert; Michler, Peter

    This chapter describes the progress in development of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) emitting in the red spectral region around 650 nm for data transmission over polymer optical fibers (POF). First, growth issues of red VCSEL using two different material systems, namely AlGaAs and AlGaInP, are introduced. In particular, the optical and electrical state-of-the-art characteristics as low threshold currents ({≤} 1 mA) and high output powers (several mW) are presented with a special focus on emission wavelength. Also the thermal budget and heat removal in the devices are pointed out with regard to the geometry of the VCSEL. Small-signal modulation response in terms of maximum resonance frequency in dependance on temperature behavior are discussed. Applications of these devices in optical interconnects are described and digital data transmission at data rates up to 2.1 Gbit/s over step-index POF is reported. These properties make red emitting VCSEL perfectly suited for high-speed low power consuming light sources for optical data communication via POF. By introducing InP quantum dots as gain material in red emitting VCSEL nearly temperature independent record low threshold current densities of around 10 A/cm2 could be observed.

  14. Laser interferometer for absolute distance measurement based on a tunable VCSEL laser

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    Cip, Ondrej; Mikel, Bretislav; Lazar, Josef

    2005-02-01

    In the work, we present the absolute distance interferometer with a narrow-linewidth tunable VCSEL laser (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser) working at &lambda ~760 nm. As a detection technique, we use a fast wavelength-scanning interferometry improved by an amplitude division of the interference fringe with using two signals in quadrature. Used VCSEL laser is wide tunable with the mod-hop free tuning range more than 1.2 nm by means of the amplitude modulation of the injection current. We control the stabilization and tuning process of the laser wavelength with using the frequency lock to a Fabry-Perot resonator. We build that resonator as a glass plan-parallel etalon with high-fines. Except the frequency lock, the etalon helps us to measure a wavelength-tuning interval of VCSEL laser during the scanning process. We have stabilized an operating temperature of the VCSEL laser by means of a fast digital temperature controller. The optical set-up of the interferometer begins with a polarizing beam-splitter. It splits the laser beam into the measuring and reference arm of the Michelson interferometer. Two cubic corner cubes reflect beams back to this beam-splitter. It collects reflected beams to the same axis of propagation. Then a detection unit produces the combination of two perpendicularly polarized laser beams with production of two electronic signals that are in the quadrature. A fast analog-to-digital card equipped with the digital signal processor (DSP) samples these signals. DSP also controls the course of the scanning process. After Δλ ~ 1 nm scan of the wavelength of VCSEL laser we obtain a record of passed interference fringes and passed Fabry-Perot resonance modes at the same time. On basis of these measured quantities we are able to calculate with high precision the instantaneous value of the optical path length difference between the measuring and reference arm of the Michelson interferometer. We experimentally compared the developed absolute interferometer with a conventional - incremental Michelson interferometer based on a single frequency He-Ne laser that has the resolution 1.2 nm. We achieved the relative uncertainty and scale linearity below 8 x 10-5 for range of tested distances L ɛ < 78; 118 > mm. The interferometer is able to work as the conventional interferometer too in case the wavelength of the VCSEL laser is locked into the selected resonance mode of the Fabry-Perot resonator.

  15. Controlling the polarization singularities of the focused azimuthally polarized beams.

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    Zhang, Wei; Liu, Sheng; Li, Peng; Jiao, Xiangyang; Zhao, Jianlin

    2013-01-14

    We mainly investigate the polarization singularities of the focused azimuthally polarized (AP) beams modulated by spiral phase and sector obstacles. The results reveal that either the spiral phase or sector obstacle can convert the central V-point to C-points, C-point dipoles, or even double V-points under certain conditions. The conversion can be selectively controlled by appropriately setting the topological charge of the spiral phase and the sector angle of the obstacle. These results may have implications for the researches on polarization, focal field manipulation, or even angular momentum of the focused cylindrically polarized beams. PMID:23388991

  16. Circular polarization switching and bistability in an optically injected 1300 nm spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser

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    Alharthi, S. S. Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.; Hurtado, A.; Korpijarvi, V.-M.; Guina, M.

    2015-01-12

    We report the experimental observation of circular polarization switching (PS) and polarization bistability (PB) in a 1300 nm dilute nitride spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL). We demonstrate that the circularly polarized optical signal at 1300 nm can gradually or abruptly switch the polarization ellipticity of the spin-VCSEL from right-to-left circular polarization and vice versa. Moreover, different forms of PS and PB between right- and left-circular polarizations are observed by controlling the injection strength and the initial wavelength detuning. These results obtained at the telecom wavelength of 1300 nm open the door for novel uses of spin-VCSELs in polarization sensitive applications in future optical systems.

  17. Red vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for consumer applications

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    Duggan, Geoffrey; Barrow, David A.; Calvert, Tim; Maute, Markus; Hung, Vincent; McGarvey, Brian; Lambkin, John D.; Wipiejewski, Torsten

    2008-02-01

    There are many potential applications of visible, red (650nm - 690nm) vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) including high speed (Gb) communications using plastic optical fiber (POF), laser mouse sensors, metrology, position sensing. Uncertainty regarding the reliability of red VCSELs has long been perceived as the most significant roadblock to their commercialization. In this paper we will present data on red VCSELs optimized for performance and reliability that will allow exploitation of this class of VCSEL in a wide range of high volume consumer, communication and medical applications. VCSELs operating at ~665nm have been fabricated on 4" GaAs substrates using MOCVD as the growth process and using standard VCSEL processing technology. The active region is AlGaInP-based and the DBR mirrors are made from AlGaAs. Threshold currents are typically less than 2mA, the devices operate up to >60C and the light output is polarized in a stable, linear characteristic over all normal operating conditions. The 3dB modulation bandwidth of the devices is in excess of 3GHz and we have demonstrated the operation of a transceiver module operating at 1.25Gb/s over both SI-POF and GI-POF. Ageing experiments carried out using a matrix of current and temperature stress conditions allows us to estimate that the time to failure of 1% of devices (TT1%F) is over 200,000h for reasonable use conditions - making these red VCSELs ready for commercial exploitation in a variety of consumer-type applications. Experiments using appropriate pulsed driving conditions have resulted in operation of 665nm VCSELs at a temperature of 85°C whilst still offering powers useable for eye-safe free space and POF communications.

  18. Optical components and optical systems for VCSEL diode laser systems

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    Gronenborn, Stephan; Miller, Michael; Heusler, Gero; Mönch, Holger

    2012-10-01

    High power vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays can be used as a versatile illumination and heating source. They are widely scalable in power and offer a robust and economic solution for many new applications with moderate brightness requirements. The use of VCSEL arrays for high power laser diode applications enables multiple benefits: full wafer level production of VCSELs including combination with micro-optics; assembly technologies allowing large synergy with LED assembly thus profiting from the fast development in solid state lighting; outstanding reliability and a modular approach on all levels. With the use of μ-lenses, the described optical principle of near field imaging and superpositioning of many thousands of VCSELs gives perfect control over intensity distribution and is inherently robust. With a slightly modified approach, lines of any desired length can be built from modules of 1-cm length and are therefore scalable for a wide range of applications.

  19. Stability control of the polarization switching

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    Yin, Xiaobing; Lin, Huizu; Hu, Zhengliang; Hu, Yongming

    2013-08-01

    Pulse polarization switching is an important new method to eliminate the polarization-induced fading (PIF) in the interferometric fiber sensing system. An integrated Ti-indiffused LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder modulator is used to achieve high-speed switch of the polarization state by switching the voltage between two appropriate voltages applied to the modulator. The stability of the polarization switching is affected by environmental factors, especially the temperature. In this paper, the stability of the polarization switching is studied. Firstly, the structure of the modulator and the principle of the polarization switching are introduced. Secondly, a feedback control method to overcome the switch instability is proposed. The output polarization state could be obtained by monitoring the intensity of the output light. Finally, the high-speed and high-accuracy stable switching between two orthogonal polarization states is realized using this method and experimentally demonstrated.

  20. Emerging VCSEL technologies at Finisar

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    Gazula, D.; Guenter, J. K.; Johnson, R. H.; Landry, G. D.; MacInnes, A. N.; Park, G.; Wade, J. K.; Biard, J. R.; Tatum, J. A.

    2010-02-01

    In this paper we will discuss recent results on high speed VCSELs targeted for the emerging 16GFC (Fibre Channel) standard as well as the now forming 25Gbps PCI express standard. Significant challenges in designing for reliability and speed have been overcome to demonstrate VCSELs with bandwidth in excess of 20Gbps.

  1. Active Polymer Microfiber with Controlled Polarization Sensitivity

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    Xia, Hongyan; Wang, Ruxue; Liu, Yingying; Cheng, Junjie; Zou, Gang; Zhang, Qijin; Zhang, Douguo; Wang, Pei; Ming, Hai; Badugu, Ramachandram; Lakowicz, Joseph R.

    2016-01-01

    Controlled Polarization Sensitivity of an active polymer microfiber has been proposed and realized with the electrospun method. The fluorescence intensity guiding through this active polymer microfiber shows high sensitivity to the polarization state of the excitation light. What is more, the fluorescence out-coupled from tip of the microfiber can be of designed polarization state. Principle of these phenomena lies on the ordered and controlled orientation of the polydiacetylene (PDA) main chains inside polymer microfiber.

  2. Nuclear reactivity control using laser induced polarization

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    Bowman, Charles D.

    1991-01-01

    A control element for reactivity control of a fission source provides an atomic density of .sup.3 He in a control volume which is effective to control criticality as the .sup.3 He is spin-polarized. Spin-polarization of the .sup.3 He affects the cross section of the control volume for fission neutrons and hence, the reactivity. An irradiation source is directed within the .sup.3 He for spin-polarizing the .sup.3 He. An alkali-metal vapor may be included with the .sup.3 He where a laser spin-polarizes the alkali-metal atoms which in turn, spin-couple with .sup.3 He to spin-polarize the .sup.3 He atoms.

  3. Nuclear reactivity control using laser induced polarization

    DOEpatents

    Bowman, Charles D.

    1990-01-01

    A control element for reactivity control of a fission source provides an atomic density of .sup.3 He in a control volume which is effective to control criticality as the .sup.3 He is spin-polarized. Spin-polarization of the .sup.3 He affects the cross section of the control volume for fission neturons and hence, the reactivity. An irradiation source is directed within the .sup.3 He for spin-polarizing the .sup.3 He. An alkali-metal vapor may be included with the .sup.3 He where a laser spin-polarizes the alkali-metal atoms which in turn, spin-couple with .sup.3 He to spin-polarize the .sup.3 He atoms.

  4. Dynamic Self-Locking of an OEO Containing a VCSEL

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    Strekalov, Dmitry; Matsko, Andrey; Yu, Nan; Savchenkov, Anatoliy; Maleki, Lute

    2009-01-01

    A method of dynamic self-locking has been demonstrated to be effective as a means of stabilizing the wavelength of light emitted by a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) that is an active element in the frequency-control loop of an optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) designed to implement an atomic clock based on an electromagnetically- induced-transparency (EIT) resonance. This scheme can be considered an alternative to the one described in Optical Injection Locking of a VCSEL in an OEO (NPO-43454), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 7 (July 2009), page 33. Both schemes are expected to enable the development of small, low-power, high-stability atomic clocks that would be suitable for use in applications involving precise navigation and/or communication. To recapitulate from the cited prior article: In one essential aspect of operation of an OEO of the type described above, a microwave modulation signal is coupled into the VCSEL. Heretofore, it has been well known that the wavelength of light emitted by a VCSEL depends on its temperature and drive current, necessitating thorough stabilization of these operational parameters. Recently, it was discovered that the wavelength also depends on the microwave power coupled into the VCSEL. This concludes the background information. From the perspective that led to the conception of the optical injection-locking scheme described in the cited prior article, the variation of the VCSEL wavelength with the microwave power circulating in the frequency-control loop is regarded as a disadvantage and optical injection locking is a solution of the problem of stabilizing the wavelength in the presence of uncontrolled fluctuations in the microwave power. The present scheme for dynamic self-locking emerges from a different perspective, in which the dependence of VCSEL wavelength on microwave power is regarded as an advantageous phenomenon that can be exploited as a means of controlling the wavelength. The figure schematically depicts an atomic-clock OEO of the type in question, wherein (1) the light from the VCSEL is used to excite an EIT resonance in selected atoms in a gas cell (e.g., 87Rb atoms in a low-pressure mixture of Ar and Ne) and (2) the power supplied to the VCSEL is modulated by a microwave signal that includes components at beat frequencies among the VCSEL wavelength and modulation sidebands. As the VCSEL wavelength changes, it moves closer to or farther from a nearby absorption spectral line, and the optical power transmitted through the cell (and thus the loop gain) changes accordingly. A change in the loop gain causes a change in the microwave power and, thus, in the VCSEL wavelength. It is possible to choose a set of design and operational parameters (most importantly, the electronic part of the loop gain) such that the OEO stabilizes itself in the sense that an increase in circulating microwave power causes the VCSEL wavelength to change in a direction that results in an increase in optical absorption and thus a decrease in circulating microwave power. Typically, such an appropriate choice of operational parameters involves setting the nominal VCSEL wavelength to a point on the shorter-wavelength wing of an absorption spectral line.

  5. SASE FEL Polarization Control Using Crossed Undulator

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    Ding, Yuantao; Huang, Zhirong; /SLAC

    2008-09-30

    There is a growing interest in producing intense, coherent x-ray radiation with an adjustable and arbitrary polarization state. In this paper, we study the crossed undulator scheme for rapid polarization control in a self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) free electron laser (FEL). Because a SASE source is a temporally chaotic light, we perform a statistical analysis on the state of polarization using FEL theory and simulations. We show that by adding a small phase shifter and a short (about 1.3 times the FEL power gain length), 90{sup o} rotated planar undulator after the main SASE planar undulator, one can obtain circularly polarized light--with over 80% polarization--near the FEL saturation.

  6. 120 Gbps VCSEL arrays: fabrication and quality aspects

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    Grabherr, Martin; Intemann, Steffan; Wimmer, Christian; Borowski, Lin R.; King, Roger; Wiedenmann, Dieter; Jäger, Roland

    2010-02-01

    Data centers and supercomputers are driving the demand for short reach aggregate bandwidth. E.g. active CXP active optical cables (AOC) with an aggregate bandwidth of 120 Gbps [1] are being installed since about one year in some of the biggest server farms in the world. As these applications require parallel optics, obviously this is a natural playground for VCSEL technology. The 10G VCSEL platform of Philips ULM Photonics is enabling operation of such AOC at less than 3 W total power by low bias currents for the individual VCSEL as low as 3.4 mA at room temperature and 5.5 mA at 85°C ambient. In combination with ideally matched driver electronics, the launch power of the VCSELs can be stabilized within 0.15dB variation across this operating temperature range [2] and thus allow for open loop power control. With more than 108 hours of operation in the field and no field return reported, the FIT rate for the 1x12 VCSEL array can be calculated to be less than 10 FIT.

  7. Organic photovoltaic cells with controlled polarization sensitivity

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    Awartani, Omar; O'Connor, Brendan T.; Kudenov, Michael W.

    2014-03-03

    In this study, we demonstrate linearly polarized organic photovoltaic cells with a well-controlled level of polarization sensitivity. The polarized devices were created through the application of a large uniaxial strain to the bulk heterojunction poly(3-hexylthiophene):Phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) film and printing the plastically deformed active layer onto a PEDOT:PSS and indium tin oxide coated glass substrate. The P3HT:PCBM layer is processed such that it is able to accommodate high strains (over 100%) without fracture. After printing the strained films, thermal annealing is used to optimize solar cell performance while maintaining polarization sensitivity. A dichroic ratio and short circuit current ratio of ≈6.1 and ≈1.6 were achieved, respectively.

  8. Optical Injection Locking of a VCSEL in an OEO

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    Strekalov, Dmitry; Matsko, Andrey; Savchenkov, Anatoliy; Yu, Nan; Maleki, Lute

    2009-01-01

    Optical injection locking has been demonstrated to be effective as a means of stabilizing the wavelength of light emitted by a vertical-cavity surface- emitting laser (VCSEL) that is an active element in the frequency-control loop of an opto-electronic oscillator (OEO) designed to implement an atomic clock based on an electromagnetically- induced-transparency resonance. This particular optical-injection- locking scheme is expected to enable the development of small, low-power, high-stability atomic clocks that would be suitable for use in applications involving precise navigation and/or communication. In one essential aspect of operation of an OEO of the type described above, a microwave modulation signal is coupled into the VCSEL. Heretofore, it has been well known that the wavelength of light emitted by a VCSEL depends on its temperature and drive current, necessitating thorough stabilization of these operational parameters. Recently, it was discovered that the wavelength also depends on the microwave power coupled into the VCSEL. Inasmuch as the microwave power circulating in the frequency-control loop is a dynamic frequency-control variable (and, hence, cannot be stabilized), there arises a need for another means of stabilizing the wavelength. The present optical-injection-locking scheme satisfies the need for a means to stabilize the wavelength against microwave- power fluctuations. It is also expected to afford stabilization against temperature and current fluctuations. In an experiment performed to demonstrate this scheme, wavelength locking was observed when about 200 W of the output power of a commercial tunable diode laser was injected into a commercial VCSEL, designed to operate in the wavelength range of 795+/-3 nm, that was generating about 200 microW of optical power. (The use of relatively high injection power levels is a usual practice in injection locking of VCSELs.)

  9. MBE growth of highly reproducible VCSELs

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    Houng, Y. M.; Tan, M. R. T.

    1997-05-01

    Advances in the design of heterojunction devices have placed stringent demands on the epitaxial material technologies required to fabricate these structures. The increased demand for more stringent tolerance and complex device structures have resulted in a situation where acceptable growth yields will be realized only if epitaxial growth is directly monitored and controlled in real time. We report the growth of 980- and 850-nm vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL's) by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy (GSMBE), in which the pyrometric interferometry technique is used for in situ monitoring and feedback control of layer thickness to obtain the highly reproducible distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) for VCSEL structures. This technique uses an optical pyrometer to measure emissivity oscillations of the growing epi-layer surface. The growing layer thickness can then be related to the emissivity oscillation signals. When the layer reaches the desired thickness, the growth of the subsequent layer is initiated. By making layer thickness measurements and control in real-time throughout the entire growth cycle of the structure, the Fabry-Perot resonance at the desired wavelength is reproducibly obtained. The run-to-run variation of the Fabry-Perot wavelength of VCSEL structures is < ± 0.4%. Using this technique, the group III fluxes can also be calibrated and corrected for flux drifts, thus we are able to control the gain peak of the active region with a run-to-run variation of less than 0.3%. Surface emitting laser diodes were fabricated and operated CW at room temperature. CW threshold currents of 3 and 5 mA are measured at room temperature for 980- and 850-nm lasers, respectively. Output powers higher than 25 mW for 980-nm and 12 mW for 850-nm devices are obtained.

  10. Red VCSEL for automotive applications

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    Rossbach, Robert; Ballmann, Tabitha; Butendeich, Rainer; Scholz, Ferdinand; Schweizer, Heinz; Jetter, Michael

    2005-02-01

    In this paper we discuss the problems of the AlGaInP material system and its consequences for the laser applications in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL). The epitaxial and technological solutions to overcome at least parts of the inherent problems were presented. Measured power-current curves of 660nm AlGaInP-based oxide-confined VCSEL are compared with calculated data by a cylindrical heat dissipation model to improve heat removal out of the device. Pulsed lasing operation of a 670nm VCSEL at +120°C heat sink temperature is demonstrated, where we exceeded 0.5mW and at +160°C still 25μW output power were achieved. We also studied the modulation bandwidth of our devices and achieved 4GHz and calculations lead to a maximum possible intrinsic -3dB frequency of 25GHz.

  11. Interface control of bulk ferroelectric polarization

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    Yu, P.; Luo, W.; Yi, D.; Zhang, J. X.; Rossell, M. D.; Yang, C.-H.; You, L.; Singh-Bhalla, G.; Yang, S. Y.; He, Q.; Ramasse, Q. M.; Erni, R.; Martin, L. W.; Chu, Y. H.; Pantelides, S. T.; Pennycook, S. J.; Ramesh, R.

    2012-01-01

    The control of material interfaces at the atomic level has led to novel interfacial properties and functionalities. In particular, the study of polar discontinuities at interfaces between complex oxides lies at the frontier of modern condensed matter research. Here we employ a combination of experimental measurements and theoretical calculations to demonstrate the control of a bulk property, namely ferroelectric polarization, of a heteroepitaxial bilayer by precise atomic-scale interface engineering. More specifically, the control is achieved by exploiting the interfacial valence mismatch to influence the electrostatic potential step across the interface, which manifests itself as the biased-voltage in ferroelectric hysteresis loops and determines the ferroelectric state. A broad study of diverse systems comprising different ferroelectrics and conducting perovskite underlayers extends the generality of this phenomenon. PMID:22647612

  12. Control of polarization in integrated optics

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    Koonath, Prakash Vijayan

    Integrated optical devices have attracted considerable attention in recent years with the rapid progress in optical communications, and the emergence of dense wavelength division multiplexing systems. The control over the state of polarization of the optical signal is an important issue that needs to be addressed due to the structure-induced anisotropy in these devices. In this thesis, two different types of integrated optical devices, with distinct approaches to address their polarization sensitivity, have been explored. The first device investigated was a semiconductor optical amplifier based on multi-quantum wells, where the gain depends on the state of polarization of the optical signal. To realize amplifiers with polarization insensitive gain, tensile-strained quantum wells structures were utilized as active regions in these devices. Optical gain calculations were performed using k.p method to calculate the tensile stress that needs to be introduced for gain equalization. These devices were then fabricated and tested to demonstrate the concept of gain equalization in InGaAsP/InP based material system at 1300 nm wavelength window and in AlInGaAs/InP based material system at both 1300 nm and 1550 run wavelength windows. In the second device, polarization sensitivity of integrated optical devices, combined with the linear electro-optic effect in III-V semiconductor materials, is exploited to manipulate the state of polarization of the optical signal. A phase modulator, combined with a TE <--> TM converter, may be used to obtain a device that converts the arbitrary elliptical input state of polarization to either the TE or the TM mode of the structure. Finite element methods have been developed to model the propagation and loss characteristics, and calculate the switching voltages of these devices based on AlGaAs/GaAs material system. The fabricated devices were then investigated for their I-V characteristics and propagations losses with and without the metal electrodes. These measurements reveal high losses for the optical signal in the presence of the metal electrodes with a higher attenuation for the TM mode as compared to the TE mode. A complete measurement of the polarization characteristics of these devices requires modified waveguide/electrode structure to minimize the excess losses encountered by the optical signal.

  13. Modeling the Control of Planar Cell Polarity

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    Axelrod, Jeffrey D.; Tomlin, Claire J.

    2016-01-01

    A growing list of medically important developmental defects and disease mechanisms can be traced to disruption of the Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) pathway. The PCP system polarizes cells in epithelial sheets along an axis orthogonal to their apical-basal axis. Studies in the fruitfly, Drosophila, have led to the concept of a modular system controlling PCP. The components of the PCP signaling modules, and the effector systems with which they interact, function together to produce emergent patterns. Experimental methods allow the manipulation of individual PCP signaling molecules in specified groups of cells; these interventions not only perturb the polarization of the targeted cells at a subcellular level, but also perturb patterns of polarity at the multicellular level, often affecting nearby cells in characteristic ways. These kinds of experiments should, in principle, allow one to infer the architecture within and between modules, but the relationships between molecular interactions and tissue-level pattern are sufficiently complex that they defy intuitive understanding. Mathematical modeling has been an important tool to address these problems. This review explores the emergence of a local signaling hypothesis, and describes how a local intercellular signal, coupled with a directional cue, can give rise to global pattern. We will discuss the critical role mathematical modeling has played in guiding and interpreting experimental results, and speculate about future roles for mathematical modeling of PCP. Mathematical models at varying levels of abstraction have and are expected to continue contributing in distinct ways to understanding the regulation of PCP signaling. PMID:21755606

  14. Spin-controlled vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Hövel, Stephan; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Brenner, Carsten; Hofmann, Martin R.; Lo, Fang-Yuh; Reuter, Dirk; Wieck, Andreas D.; Schuster, Ellen; Keune, Werner

    2006-04-01

    The output polarization of an optically pumped InGaAs/GaAs vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) is analyzed at room temperature as a function of the circular input polarization degree. The emission of the VCSEL is unambiguously controlled by the exciting polarization and only 30% of spin-polarized electrons are needed in the active region to generate an output polarization degree of up to 100% at short-pulsed pumping. This testifies that a VCSEL can be used as an effective amplifier for spin information even at room temperature. Measurements with a continuous wave excitation were executed to demonstrate the possibility of spin-amplification by electrical spin-injection in a VCSEL. All measurements were confirmed by a phenomenological spin flip model. Our paper is completed with the introduction of Fe/Tb-Multilayers used for spin injection. These contacts enable spin injection without external magnetic fields, i.e. in remanence. Finally, we suggest a combination of these multilayers with a VCSEL-structure to create the first spin-optoelectronic device working both at room temperature and without external fields.

  15. Ultrafast Narrow Band Modulation of VCSELs

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    Ning, Cun-Zheng; Biegel, Bryan A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Multimode beating was greatly enhanced by taking output from part (e.g., half) of the output facet. Simpler sources of microwaves and millimeter waves of various frequencies were generated by varying the VCSEL diameter in a single multimode VCSEL our coupling of a few VCSELs. Breathing frequency in multi-mode operations affects modulation response and bandwidth. Optimizing RO frequency and mode beating frequency could potentially expand bandwidths suitable for wide band digital communications.

  16. Double high refractive-index contrast grating VCSEL

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    Gebski, Marcin; Dems, Maciej; Wasiak, Michał; Sarzała, Robert P.; Lott, J. A.; Czyszanowski, Tomasz

    2015-03-01

    Distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) are typically used as the highly reflecting mirrors of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). In order to provide optical field confinement, oxide apertures are often incorporated in the process of the selective wet oxidation of high aluminum-content DBR layers. This technology has some potential drawbacks such as difficulty in controlling the uniformity of the oxide aperture diameters across a large-diameter (≥ 6 inch) production wafers, high DBR series resistance especially for small diameters below about 5 μm despite elaborate grading and doping schemes, free carrier absorption at longer emission wavelengths in the p-doped DBRs, reduced reliability for oxide apertures placed close to the quantum wells, and low thermal conductivity for transporting heat away from the active region. A prospective alternative mirror is a high refractive index contrast grating (HCG) monolithically integrated with the VCSEL cavity. Two HCG mirrors potentially offer a very compact and simplified VCSEL design although the problems of resistance, heat dissipation, and reliability are not completely solved. We present an analysis of a double HCG 980 nm GaAs-based ultra-thin VCSEL. We analyze the optical confinement of such a structure with a total optical thickness is ~1.0λ including the optical cavity and the two opposing and parallel HCG mirrors.

  17. 1060nm 28-Gbps VCSEL developed at Furukawa

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    Suzuki, Toshihito; Funabashi, Masaki; Shimizu, Hitoshi; Nagashima, Kazuya; Kamiya, Shinichi; Kasukawa, Akihiko

    2014-02-01

    This paper presents recent development results of our 28-Gbps VCSELs featured with double intra-cavity structure and a lasing wavelength of 1060 nm. The double intra-cavity realizes very low cavity loss due to undoped semiconductor bottom DBR and dielectric top DBR layers. Compressively strained InGaAs MQW provides high differential gain that contributes to low power consumption and high reliability. Based on our 10-Gbps VCSEL structure, we carefully optimized MQW, selective oxide structure, cavity length, and doping profile in order to achieve high speed operation while maintaining high reliability and other laser performances. The developed VCSELs exhibit modulation 3 dB-bandwidth exceeding 20 GHz and D-factor of 10 GHz/(mA)1/2. Typical threshold current and slope efficiency are 0.5 mA and 0.5 W/A, respectively. The paper also discusses static and dynamic characteristics of VCSELs with various oxide aperture sizes simultaneously fabricated on the same wafer. For a longer transmission distance and better optical coupling to a multimode fiber, optical lateral confinement is precisely controlled to reduce spectral width as well as far-field pattern. Clearly opened eye diagrams are obtained at a bit rate of 28 Gbps. Bit error rate tests are also performed and 28 Gbps error free transmission has been confirmed over 300 meters of multimode-fiber optimized for 1060 nm with a PRBS pattern length of 231-1.

  18. RSFQ electronics for controlling superconducting polarity switches

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    Brandel, O.; Wetzstein, O.; May, T.; Toepfer, H.; Ortlepp, T.; Meyer, H.-G.

    2012-12-01

    Superconducting radiation sensors are of particular interest for imaging applications in the sub-mm wavelength band because of their extraordinary sensitivity. The rising number of sensors integrated in one array entails the requirement of multiplexing techniques in order to reduce the number of wires leading into the cryogenic stage and thus reduce the thermal losses. One kind of promising code division multiplexing technique is based on a current steering switch (CSS), which is composed of two identical superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) in parallel current paths. One of them is switched from the superconducting into the normal state controlled by the applied magnetic flux. In this way the signal path can be altered and they can act as a polarity switch for analogue signals. We pursue this concept to use rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) electronics for controlling these switches. As a first step, the SQUIDs of the CSS are inductively coupled to the storing loops of two delay flip flops (DFFs). Thus, one is able to toggle the polarity of the analogue switch by controlling the state of the DFF by RSFQ control signals. The results of simulations and measurements and also margin analyses are discussed.

  19. High-speed VCSELs and VCSEL arrays for single- and multi-core fiber interconnects

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    Larsson, Anders; Westbergh, Petter; Gustavsson, Johan S.; Haglund, Erik; Haglund, Emanuel P.

    2015-03-01

    Our recent work on high speed 850 nm VCSELs and VCSEL arrays is reviewed. With a modulation bandwidth approaching 30 GHz, our VCSELs have enabled transmitters and links operating at data rates in excess of 70 Gbps (at IBM) and transmission over onboard polymer waveguides at 40 Gbps (at University of Cambridge). VCSELs with an integrated mode filter for single mode emission have enabled transmission at 25 Gbps over >1 km of multimode fiber and a speed-distance product of 40 Gbps·km. Dense VCSEL arrays for multicore fiber interconnects have demonstrated 240 Gbps aggregate capacity with excellent uniformity and low crosstalk between the 40 Gbps channels.

  20. VCSELs for exascale computing, computer farms, and green photonics

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    Hofmann, Werner; Moser, Philip; Wolf, Philip; Larisch, Gunter; Li, Hui; Li, Wei; Lott, James; Bimberg, Dieter

    2012-11-01

    The bandwidth-induced communication bottleneck due to the intrinsic limitations of metal interconnects is inhibiting the performance and environmental friendliness of todaýs supercomputers, data centers, and in fact all other modern electrically interconnected and interoperable networks such as data farms and "cloud" fabrics. The same is true for systems of optical interconnects (OIs), where even when the metal interconnects are replaced with OIs the systems remain limited by bandwidth, physical size, and most critically the power consumption and lifecycle operating costs. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are ideally suited to solve this dilemma. Global communication providers like Google Inc., Intel Inc., HP Inc., and IBM Inc. are now producing optical interconnects based on VCSELs. The optimal bandwidth per link may be analyzed by by using Amdahĺs Law and depends on the architecture of the data center and the performance of the servers within the data center. According to Google Inc., a bandwidth of 40 Gb/s has to be accommodated in the future. IBM Inc. demands 80 Tbps interconnects between solitary server chips in 2020. We recently realized ultrahigh bit rate VCSELs up to 49 Gb/s suited for such optical interconnects emitting at 980 nm. These devices show error-free transmission at temperatures up to 155°C and operate beyond 200°C. Single channel data-rates of 40 Gb/s were achieved up to 75°C. Record high energy efficiencies close to 50 fJ/bit were demonstrated for VCSELs emitting at 850 nm. Our devices are fabricated using a full three-inch wafer process, and the apertures were formed by in-situ controlled selective wet oxidation using stainless steel-based vacuum equipment of our own design. assembly, and operation. All device data are measured, recorded, and evaluated by our proprietary fully automated wafer mapping probe station. The bandwidth density of our present devices is expected to be scalable from about 100 Gbps/mm² to a physical limit of roughly 15 Tbps/mm² based on the current 12.5 Gb/s VCSEL technology. Still more energy-efficient and smaller volume laser diode devices dissipating less heat are mandatory for further up scaling of the bandwidth. Novel metal-clad VCSELs enable a reduction of the device's footprint for potentially ultrashort range interconnects by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude compared to conventional VCSELs thus enabling a similar increase of device density and bandwidth.

  1. Polarization Preservation and Control in a Figure-8 Ring

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    Derbenev, Ya. S.; Morozov, V. S.; Lin, F.; Zhang, Y.; Kondratenko, A. M.; Kondratenko, M. A.; Filatov, Yu. N.

    2016-02-01

    We present a complete scheme for managing the polarization of ion beams in Jefferson Lab’s proposed Medium-energy Electron-Ion Collider (MEIC). It provides preservation of the ion polarization during all stages of beam acceleration and polarization control in the collider’s experimental straights. We discuss characteristic features of the spin motion in accelerators with Siberian snakes and in accelerators of figure-8 shape. We propose 3D spin rotators for polarization control in the MEIC ion collider ring. We provide polarization calculations in the collider with the 3D rotator for deuteron and proton beams. The main polarization control features of the figure-8 design are summarized.

  2. Ultrafast Directional Beam Switching in Coupled VCSELs

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    Ning, Cun-Zheng; Goorjian, Peter

    2001-01-01

    We propose a new approach to performing ultrafast directional beam switching using two coupled Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). The proposed strategy is demonstrated for two VCSELs of 5.6 microns in diameter placed about 1 micron apart from the edges, showing a switching speed of 42 GHz with a maximum far-field angle span of about 10 degrees.

  3. Polarization control in GaN nanowire lasers.

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    Xu, Huiwen; Hurtado, Antonio; Wright, Jeremy B; Li, Changyi; Liu, Sheng; Figiel, Jeffrey J; Luk, Ting-Shan; Brueck, Steven R J; Brener, Igal; Balakrishnan, Ganesh; Li, Qiming; Wang, George T

    2014-08-11

    We demonstrate polarization control in optically-pumped single GaN nanowire lasers fabricated by a top-down method. By placing the GaN nanowires onto gold substrates, the naturally occurring randomly orientated elliptical polarization of nanowire lasers is converted to a linear polarization that is oriented parallel to the substrate surface. Confirmed by simulation results, this polarization control is attributed to a polarization-dependent loss induced by the gold substrate, which breaks the mode degeneracy of the nanowire and forms two orthogonally polarized modes with largely different cavity losses. PMID:25321005

  4. Analysis of waveguiding properties of VCSEL structures

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    Erteza, I.A.

    1996-09-01

    In this paper, the authors explore the feasibility of using the distributed Bragg reflector, grown on the substrate for a VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser), to provide waveguiding within the substrate. This waveguiding could serve as an interconnection among VCSELs in an array. Before determining the feasibility of waveguide interconnected VCSELs, two analysis methods are presented and evaluated for their applicability to this problem. The implementations in Mathematica of both these methods are included. Results of the analysis show that waveguiding in VCSEL structures is feasible. Some of the many possible uses of waveguide interconnected VCSELs are also briefly discussed. The tools and analysis presented in this report can be used to evaluate such system concepts and to do detailed design calculations.

  5. Development of polarization-mode controllable CARS microscope

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    Hashimoto, Mamoru; Takagi, Tatsuro; Minamikawa, Takeo; Niioka, Hirohiko; Araki, Tsutomu

    2011-03-01

    We developed a polarization-mode controllable coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscope. The polarizationmode of excitations beams such as linear, radial, or azimuth polarization were switched with compact polarization mode converters made of eight-segmented liquid-crystal spatial-light-modulators. The polarization-mode of the excitation beams is electrically controllable without any mechanical operation. We demonstrated the detection of the molecular orientation of liquid crystals with the developed microscope.

  6. Fabrication issues of oxide-confined VCSELs

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    Geib, K.M.; Choquette, K.D.; Hou, H.Q.; Hammons, B.E.

    1997-04-01

    To insert high-performance oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface- emitting lasers (VCSELs) into the manufacturing arena, we have examined the critical parameters that must be controlled to establish a repeatable and uniform wet thermal oxidation process for AlGaAs. These parameters include the AlAs mole fraction, sample temperature, carrier gas flow, and bubbler water temperature. Knowledge of these parameters has enable the compilation of oxidation rate data for AlGaAs which exhibits an Arrhenius rate dependence. The compositionally dependent activation energies for Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As layers of x=1.00, 0.98, and 0.92 are found to be 1.24, 1.75, and 1.88 eV, respectively. 7 figs, 1 tab, 14 refs.

  7. Communication using VCSEL laser array

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    Goorjian, Peter M. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    Ultrafast directional beam switching, using coupled vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) is combined with a light modulator to provide information transfer at bit rates of tens of GHz. This approach is demonstrated to achieve beam switching frequencies of 32-50 GHz in some embodiments and directional beam switching with angular differences of about eight degrees. This switching scheme is likely to be useful for ultrafast optical networks at frequencies much higher than achievable with other approaches. A Mach-Zehnder interferometer, a Fabry-Perot etalon, or a semiconductor-based electro-absorption transmission channel, among others, can be used as a light modulator.

  8. A semiconductor laser with monolithically integrated dynamic polarization control.

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    Holmes, B M; Naeem, M A; Hutchings, D C; Marsh, J H; Kelly, A E

    2012-08-27

    We report the first demonstration of a semiconductor laser monolithically integrated with an active polarization controller, which consists of a polarization mode converter followed by an active, differential phase shifter. High speed modulation of the device output polarization is demonstrated via current injection to the phase shifter section. PMID:23037101

  9. A hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber polarization controller.

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    Pang, M; Jin, W

    2011-01-01

    A polarization controller was built by pressurizing laterally three segments of a commercial hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber. By varying the magnitudes of the applied pressures, the output state of polarization showed a good coverage of all the possible polarization states on the surface of the Poincaré sphere. PMID:21209672

  10. Long wavelength VCSEL-by-VCSEL optically injection locked optoelectronic oscillator

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    Coronel, Juan; Varón, Margarita; Rissons, Angélique

    2015-03-01

    In this article we propose a long wavelength VCSEL by VCSEL Optoelectronic Oscillator to generate high frequency carriers. Stability and quality are key factors to use Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) in VCSEL Based Optoelectronic Oscillators (VBO). To enhance the performance of a 2.49 GHz VBO presented in [1]. The use of the optical injection locking technique applied to the VBO laser pump contributes to the VCSEL Relative Intensity Noise (RIN) reduction, and the increase of the modulation bandwidth that leads to a carrier phase noise reduction. The Injection Locked VCSEL Based Oscillator (ILVBO) performance will be presented and discussed taking into account the injection locking conditions of the laser source.

  11. Advanced Concepts for High-Power VCSELS and 2-Dimensional VCSEL Arrays

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    Allerman, A.A.; Choquette, Kent D.; Chow, W.W.; Geib, K.M.; Hadley, R.; Hou, H.Q.; Mar, A.

    1999-04-01

    We have developed high power vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELS) for multimode or single mode operation. We have characterized new cavity designs for individual lasers and 2-dimensional VCSEL arrays to maximize output power. Using broad area high power VCSELS under pulsed excitation, we have demonstrated the triggering of a photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) with a VCSEL. We also have developed designs for high output power in a single mode. The first approach is to engineer the oxide aperture profile to influence the optical confinement and thus modal properties. A second approach focuses on "leaky-mode" concepts using lateral modification of the cavity resonance to provide the lateral refractive index difference. To this end, we have developed a regrowth process to fabricate single-mode VCSELS. The overall objective of this work was to develop high-power single-mode or multimode sources appropriate for many applications leveraging the many inherent advantages of VCSELS.

  12. VCSEL`s bonded directly to foundry fabricated GaAs smart pixel arrays

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    Pu, R.; Hayes, E.M.; Jurrat, R.; Wilmsen, C.W.; Choquette, K.D.; Hou, H.Q.; Geib, K.M.

    1997-12-01

    This letter reports the flip-chip bonding of an 8 x 8 array of free standing VCSEL`s to a foundry fabricated GaAs metal-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MESFET) smart pixel array. The VCSEL`s have oxide defined apertures and are co-planar bonded directly to smart pixels which perform the selection function of a data filter. The V{sub th} and series resistance of the VCSEL`s were on average approximately 2.1 V and 250 {Omega}, respectively, which indicates that good electrical contact was obtainable with this process. The I{sub th} ranged between 2--4 mA, with a corresponding output power of between 400 {micro}W and >1.0 mW depending on aperture size.

  13. Broadband laser polarization control with aligned carbon nanotubes

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    Yang, He; Fu, Bo; Li, Diao; Tian, Ying; Chen, Ya; Mattila, Marco; Yong, Zhenzhong; Li, Ru; Hassanien, Abdou; Yang, Changxi; Tittonen, Ilkka; Ren, Zhaoyu; Bai, Jintao; Li, Qingwen; Kauppinen, Esko I.; Lipsanen, Harri; Sun, Zhipei

    2015-06-01

    We introduce a simple approach to fabricate an aligned carbon nanotube (ACNT) device for broadband polarization control in fiber laser systems. The ACNT device was fabricated by pulling from as-fabricated vertically-aligned carbon nanotube arrays. Their anisotropic properties are confirmed with various microscopy techniques. The device was then integrated into fiber laser systems (at two technologically important wavelengths of 1 and 1.5 μm) for polarization control. We obtained a linearly-polarized light output with the maximum extinction ratio of ~12 dB. The output polarization direction could be fully controlled by the ACNT alignment direction in both lasers. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the ACNT device is applied to polarization control in laser systems. Our results exhibit that the ACNT device is a simple, low-cost, and broadband polarizer to control laser polarization dynamics, for various photonic applications (such as material processing, polarization diversity detection in communications etc.), where linear polarization control is necessary.We introduce a simple approach to fabricate an aligned carbon nanotube (ACNT) device for broadband polarization control in fiber laser systems. The ACNT device was fabricated by pulling from as-fabricated vertically-aligned carbon nanotube arrays. Their anisotropic properties are confirmed with various microscopy techniques. The device was then integrated into fiber laser systems (at two technologically important wavelengths of 1 and 1.5 μm) for polarization control. We obtained a linearly-polarized light output with the maximum extinction ratio of ~12 dB. The output polarization direction could be fully controlled by the ACNT alignment direction in both lasers. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the ACNT device is applied to polarization control in laser systems. Our results exhibit that the ACNT device is a simple, low-cost, and broadband polarizer to control laser polarization dynamics, for various photonic applications (such as material processing, polarization diversity detection in communications etc.), where linear polarization control is necessary. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01904d

  14. Furnace control apparatus using polarizing interferometer

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    Schultz, Thomas J.; Kotidis, Petros A.; Woodroffe, Jaime A.; Rostler, Peter S.

    1995-01-01

    A system for non-destructively measuring an object and controlling industrial processes in response to the measurement is disclosed in which an impulse laser generates a plurality of sound waves over timed increments in an object. A polarizing interferometer is used to measure surface movement of the object caused by the sound waves and sensed by phase shifts in the signal beam. A photon multiplier senses the phase shift and develops an electrical signal. A signal conditioning arrangement modifies the electrical signals to generate an average signal correlated to the sound waves which in turn is correlated to a physical or metallurgical property of the object, such as temperature, which property may then be used to control the process. External, random vibrations of the workpiece are utilized to develop discernible signals which can be sensed in the interferometer by only one photon multiplier. In addition the interferometer includes an arrangement for optimizing its sensitivity so that movement attributed to various waves can be detected in opaque objects. The interferometer also includes a mechanism for sensing objects with rough surfaces which produce speckle light patterns. Finally the interferometer per se, with the addition of a second photon multiplier is capable of accurately recording beam length distance differences with only one reading.

  15. Process control system using polarizing interferometer

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    Schultz, Thomas J.; Kotidis, Petros A.; Woodroffe, Jaime A.; Rostler, Peter S.

    1994-01-01

    A system for non-destructively measuring an object and controlling industrial processes in response to the measurement is disclosed in which an impulse laser generates a plurality of sound waves over timed increments in an object. A polarizing interferometer is used to measure surface movement of the object caused by the sound waves and sensed by phase shifts in the signal beam. A photon multiplier senses the phase shift and develops an electrical signal. A signal conditioning arrangement modifies the electrical signals to generate an average signal correlated to the sound waves which in turn is correlated to a physical or metallurgical property of the object, such as temperature, which property may then be used to control the process. External, random vibrations of the workpiece are utilized to develop discernible signals which can be sensed in the interferometer by only one photon multiplier. In addition the interferometer includes an arrangement for optimizing its sensitivity so that movement attributed to various waves can be detected in opaque objects. The interferometer also includes a mechanism for sensing objects with rough surfaces which produce speckle light patterns. Finally the interferometer per se, with the addition of a second photon multiplier is capable of accurately recording beam length distance differences with only one reading.

  16. Furnace control apparatus using polarizing interferometer

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    Schultz, T.J.; Kotidis, P.A.; Woodroffe, J.A.; Rostler, P.S.

    1995-03-28

    A system for nondestructively measuring an object and controlling industrial processes in response to the measurement is disclosed in which an impulse laser generates a plurality of sound waves over timed increments in an object. A polarizing interferometer is used to measure surface movement of the object caused by the sound waves and sensed by phase shifts in the signal beam. A photon multiplier senses the phase shift and develops an electrical signal. A signal conditioning arrangement modifies the electrical signals to generate an average signal correlated to the sound waves which in turn is correlated to a physical or metallurgical property of the object, such as temperature, which property may then be used to control the process. External, random vibrations of the workpiece are utilized to develop discernible signals which can be sensed in the interferometer by only one photon multiplier. In addition the interferometer includes an arrangement for optimizing its sensitivity so that movement attributed to various waves can be detected in opaque objects. The interferometer also includes a mechanism for sensing objects with rough surfaces which produce speckle light patterns. Finally the interferometer per se, with the addition of a second photon multiplier is capable of accurately recording beam length distance differences with only one reading. 38 figures.

  17. Process control system using polarizing interferometer

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    Schultz, T.J.; Kotidis, P.A.; Woodroffe, J.A.; Rostler, P.S.

    1994-02-15

    A system for nondestructively measuring an object and controlling industrial processes in response to the measurement is disclosed in which an impulse laser generates a plurality of sound waves over timed increments in an object. A polarizing interferometer is used to measure surface movement of the object caused by the sound waves and sensed by phase shifts in the signal beam. A photon multiplier senses the phase shift and develops an electrical signal. A signal conditioning arrangement modifies the electrical signals to generate an average signal correlated to the sound waves which in turn is correlated to a physical or metallurgical property of the object, such as temperature, which property may then be used to control the process. External, random vibrations of the workpiece are utilized to develop discernible signals which can be sensed in the interferometer by only one photon multiplier. In addition the interferometer includes an arrangement for optimizing its sensitivity so that movement attributed to various waves can be detected in opaque objects. The interferometer also includes a mechanism for sensing objects with rough surfaces which produce speckle light patterns. Finally the interferometer per se, with the addition of a second photon multiplier is capable of accurately recording beam length distance differences with only one reading. 38 figures.

  18. Electric field control of ultracold polar molecules

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    Bohn, John

    2003-05-01

    Recent work in ultracold collisions has emphasized new opportunities for artificially controlling the interactions between atoms and molecules. The most familiar example of this is a class of magnetic-field Feshbach resonances, present in certain alkali atoms, that enable experimenters to manipulate the sign and magnitude of mean-field interactions, as well as to create molecular states. In this talk I will examine instead the impact of electric fields on the interactions between ground-state polar molecules at ultralow temperatures. Electric fields have a decisive influence, and are in fact capable of changing the qualitative nature of the effective intermolecular potential. Moreover, the competition between the forces the molecules apply to each other, and the forces applied by an electric field, generates a new class of weakly-bound molecular states (avd). These ``field-linked'' states may be of great importance in interpreting and controlling cold molecular collisions, including, perhaps, chemical reactions. A. V. Avdeenkov and J. L. Bohn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 043006 (2003).

  19. THz wave polarization-controlled spectroscopic imaging for anisotropic materials

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    Zhang, LiangLiang; Zhong, Hua; Deng, Chao; Zhang, CunLin; Zhao, YueJin

    2011-09-01

    We present a polarization-controlled terahertz (THz) wave spectroscopic imaging modality to investigate the anisotropy of the detected materials. The polarization of the emitted THz wave is controlled by changing the relative phase between the fundamental and second-harmonic waves in the two-color laser-induced air plasma THz generation configuration. The THz wave polarization direction is extracted by measuring the two electric field amplitudes when the polarization of the incident wave is controlled to be horizontal and vertical. The anisotropy of the industrial Sprayed-On-Foam-Insulation (SOFI) is characterized by measuring its azimuthal angle dependent THz polarization response. This work demonstrates that THz wave polarization-controlled imaging technique can be used for highly sensitive industrial nondestructive inspection and biological related characterization.

  20. Polarization-controlled THz spectroscopic imaging for nondestructive inspection

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    Zhang, LiangLiang; Yu, Fei; Zhong, Hua; Deng, Chao; Zheng, YongJu; Zhang, Cunlin; Zhao, Yuejin

    2010-11-01

    We present a polarization-controlled terahertz (THz) wave spectroscopic imaging modality to investigate the anisotropy of the detected materials. The polarization of the emitted THz wave is controlled to be horizontal and vertical by changing the relative phase of the fundamental and second-harmonic waves in the two-color laser-induced air plasma THz generation configuration. The anisotropy of the industrial sprayed-on-foam-insulation (SOFI) is characterized by measuring its azimuthal angle dependent THz polarization response. This work demonstrated that THz wave polarization-controlled imaging technique can be used for highly sensitive industrial inspection and biological related characterization.

  1. All-optical polarization control and noise cleaning based on a nonlinear lossless polarizer

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    Barozzi, Matteo; Vannucci, Armando; Picchi, Giorgio

    2015-01-01

    We propose an all-optical fiber-based device able to accomplish both polarization control and OSNR enhancement of an amplitude modulated optical signal, affected by unpolarized additive white Gaussian noise, at the same time. The proposed noise cleaning device is made of a nonlinear lossless polarizer (NLP), that performs polarization control, followed by an ideal polarizing filter that removes the orthogonally polarized half of additive noise. The NLP transforms every input signal polarization into a unique, well defined output polarization (without any loss of signal energy) and its task is to impose a signal polarization aligned with the transparent eigenstate of the polarizing filter. In order to effectively control the polarization of the modulated signal, we show that two different NLP configurations (with counter- or co-propagating pump laser) are needed, as a function of the signal polarization coherence time. The NLP is designed so that polarization attraction is effective only on the "noiseless" (i.e., information-bearing) component of the signal and not on noise, that remains unpolarized at the NLP output. Hence, the proposed device is able to discriminate signal power (that is preserved) from in-band noise power (that is partly suppressed). Since signal repolarization is detrimental if applied to polarization-multiplexed formats, the noise cleaner application is limited here to "legacy" links, with 10 Gb/s OOK modulation, still representing the most common format in deployed networks. By employing the appropriate NLP configurations, we obtain an OSNR gain close to 3dB. Furthermore, we show how the achievable OSNR gain can be estimated theoretically.

  2. Broadband laser polarization control with aligned carbon nanotubes.

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    Yang, He; Fu, Bo; Li, Diao; Tian, Ying; Chen, Ya; Mattila, Marco; Yong, Zhenzhong; Li, Ru; Hassanien, Abdou; Yang, Changxi; Tittonen, Ilkka; Ren, Zhaoyu; Bai, Jintao; Li, Qingwen; Kauppinen, Esko I; Lipsanen, Harri; Sun, Zhipei

    2015-07-01

    We introduce a simple approach to fabricate an aligned carbon nanotube (ACNT) device for broadband polarization control in fiber laser systems. The ACNT device was fabricated by pulling from as-fabricated vertically-aligned carbon nanotube arrays. Their anisotropic properties are confirmed with various microscopy techniques. The device was then integrated into fiber laser systems (at two technologically important wavelengths of 1 and 1.5 μm) for polarization control. We obtained a linearly-polarized light output with the maximum extinction ratio of ∼12 dB. The output polarization direction could be fully controlled by the ACNT alignment direction in both lasers. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the ACNT device is applied to polarization control in laser systems. Our results exhibit that the ACNT device is a simple, low-cost, and broadband polarizer to control laser polarization dynamics, for various photonic applications (such as material processing, polarization diversity detection in communications etc.), where linear polarization control is necessary. PMID:26060940

  3. Ultrafast Beam Switching Using Coupled VCSELs

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    Ning, Cun-Zheng; Goorjian, Peter

    2001-01-01

    We propose a new approach to performing ultrafast beam switching using two coupled Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). The strategy is demonstrated by numerical simulation, showing a beam switching of 10 deg at 42 GHz.

  4. VCSELs for Optical Mice and Sensing

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    Grabherr, Martin; Moench, Holger; Pruijmboom, Armand

    A real mass application for VCSELs is their use in optical mice and sensing. As illumination source for sensing applications VCSELs offer a better performance than LEDs. The even more advanced approach of laser self-mixing interference sensors allows a next step in integration, accuracy and new application fields. This chapter summarizes the major requirements towards VCSELs in illumination for sensing applications and gives typical specifications. A detailed description of the production process and the achieved reproducibility makes clear that these VCSELs are ideally suited for production in large quantities. In the second half of the chapter the self-mixing interference method is described in more detail and a highly integrated two axes laser Doppler interferometer is shown. This product is designed for a laser mouse but offers a number of other sensing applications.

  5. Datacom applications for new VCSEL technologies

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    Grann, Eric B.; Herrity, Ken; Peters, Brian C.; Wiedemann, William F.

    2000-05-01

    The advent of the vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) has spurred numerous applications requiring low-cost high performance laser sources. Gigabit Local Area Networks (LAN) utilizing multimode fiber-optic communication systems have predominantly pushed VCSEL technologies to their current state. In order for VCSEL technologies to continue driving the optical networking interconnect solutions, new datacom applications have been proposed. Course Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) is one such application being proposed that has the potential to significantly increase both the capacity and distance of optical interconnects, while still maintaining a low cost. Designing CWDM (Course Wavelength Division Multiplexing) systems for integration into a small and low cost package suitable for LAN applications has many challenges. These challenges include producing multi- wavelength VCSEL arrays, miniature multiplexers and demultiplexers, passive alignment, and thermal management. The first section of this paper will describe the VCSEL wavelengths and thermal requirements necessary to achieve an 8-channel CWDM system. The second section will describe the optical multiplexer and demultiplexer technologies. The final section will discuss several specific applications and products that VCSEL CWDM systems can address.

  6. VCSEL-Based Laser Printing System

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    Ueki, Nobuaki; Mukoyama, Naotaka

    There is an endless demand for improved image quality and higher speed in printer applications. To meet market requirements, in 2003 we launched DocuColor 1256 GA, the world's first VCSEL-based electrophotographic printer utilizing a 780 nm single-mode 8{}{}4 VCSEL array. The printer features 2,400 dots per inch (dpi ) resolution, which is still the highest level in the industry, and a speed of 12.5 pages per minute (ppm ). A two-dimensional VCSEL array makes it much easier to increase the pixel density and printing speed by simultaneously scanning the 32 beams on the photoconductor in the light exposure system . Adopting VCSELs as a light source also contributes to reduced power consumption, because the operating current of VCSELs is extremely small and the wall-plug efficiency is very high. In this chapter, we explain the key technologies of VCSELs in light exposure system of laser printer, as well as their required characteristics to assure high image quality.

  7. Modular VCSEL solution for uniform line illumination in the kW range

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    Moench, Holger; Deppe, Carsten; Dumoulin, Raimond; Gronenborn, Stephan; Gu, Xi; Heusler, Gero; Miller, Michael; Pekarski, Pavel; Pruijmboom, Armand

    2012-03-01

    High power VCSEL arrays can be used as a versatile illumination and heating source. They are widely scalable in power and offer a robust and economic solution for many new applications with moderate brightness requirements. The use of VCSEL arrays for high power laser diode applications enables multiple benefits: Full wafer level production of VCSELs including the combination with micro-optics; assembly technologies allowing large synergy with LED assembly thus profiting from the rapid development in solid state lighting; an outstanding reliability and a modular approach on all levels. A high power VCSEL array module for a very uniform line illumination is described in detail which offers >150W/cm optical output and enables less than 1% non-uniformities per mm along the line. The applied optical principle of near field imaging and massively superposing many thousand VCSELs by arrays of micro-lenses gives perfect control over the intensity distribution and is inherently robust. A specific array of parallelogram shaped VCSELs has been developed in combination with an appropriate micro-lens design and an alignment strategy. The concept uses parallel and serial connection of VCSEL arrays on sub-mounts on water coolers in order to realize a good combination of moderate operating currents and reliability. Lines of any desired length can be built from modules of 1cm length because this optical concept allows large mounting tolerances between individual modules. Therefore the concept is scalable for a wide range of applications. A demonstrator system with an optical output of 3.5kW and a line length of 20cm has been realized.

  8. Electrical control of terahertz polarization by graphene microstructure

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    Zhu, Ling; Fan, Yunhui; Wu, Shan; Yu, Lizhi; Zhang, Kaiyin; Zhang, Yi

    2015-07-01

    In this letter, we proposed and numerically analyzed an electric controlling polarization modulator of the terahertz wave, which is composed of a graphene monolayer microstructure with an L-shaped nanoholes array. The graphene microstructure is employed to excite the plasmonic dipolar and quadrupolar resonances in terahertz region. Through the superposition of the cross-polarized wave radiated by these plasmonic resonances, the polarization rotation effect can be obtained. Utilizing the capacitor doping, the rotation angle can be controlled by the external applied voltage, thus achieving a tunable polarization modulator.

  9. Spin-controlled ultrafast vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Hpfner, Henning; Lindemann, Markus; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2014-05-01

    Spin-controlled semiconductor lasers are highly attractive spintronic devices providing characteristics superior to their conventional purely charge-based counterparts. In particular, spin-controlled vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (spin-VCSELs) promise to offer lower thresholds, enhanced emission intensity, spin amplification, full polarization control, chirp control and ultrafast dynamics. Most important, the ability to control and modulate the polarization state of the laser emission with extraordinarily high frequencies is very attractive for many applications like broadband optical communication and ultrafast optical switches. We present a novel concept for ultrafast spin-VCSELs which has the potential to overcome the conventional speed limitation for directly modulated lasers by the relaxation oscillation frequency and to reach modulation frequencies significantly above 100 GHz. The concept is based on the coupled spin-photon dynamics in birefringent micro-cavity lasers. By injecting spin-polarized carriers in the VCSEL, oscillations of the coupled spin-photon system can by induced which lead to oscillations of the polarization state of the laser emission. These oscillations are decoupled from conventional relaxation oscillations of the carrier-photon system and can be much faster than these. Utilizing these polarization oscillations is thus a very promising approach to develop ultrafast spin-VCSELs for high speed optical data communication in the near future. Different aspects of the spin and polarization dynamics, its connection to birefringence and bistability in the cavity, controlled switching of the oscillations, and the limitations of this novel approach will be analysed theoretically and experimentally for spin-polarized VCSELs at room temperature.

  10. A Quasioptical Vector Interferometer for Polarization Control

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    Chuss, David T.; Wollack, Edward J.; Moseley, Harvey S.; Novak, Giles

    2005-01-01

    We present a mathematical description of a Quasioptical Vector Interferometer (QVI), a device that maps an input polarization state to an output polarization state by introducing a phase delay between two linear orthogonal components of the input polarization. The advantages of such a device over a spinning wave-plate modulator for measuring astronomical polarization in the far-infrared through millimeter are: 1. The use of small, linear motions eliminates the need for cryogenic rotational bearings, 2. The phase flexibility allows measurement of Stokes V as well as Q and U, and 3. The QVI allows for both multi-wavelength and broadband modulation. We suggest two implementations of this device as an astronomical polarization modulator. The first involves two such modulators placed in series. By adjusting the two phase delays, it is possible to use such a modulator to measure Stokes Q, U, and V for passbands that are not too large. Conversely, a single QVI may be used to measure Q and V independent of frequency. In this implementation, Stokes U must be measured by rotating the instrument. We conclude this paper by presenting initial laboratory results.

  11. Versatile endless optical polarization controller/tracker/demultiplexer.

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    Koch, Benjamin; Noé, Reinhold; Sandel, David; Mirvoda, Vitali

    2014-04-01

    Following an initial discussion of control error signal generation, we present new developments and applications of automatic endless optical polarization control based on a commercial electrooptic LiNbO(3) polarization transformer: (i) Fast tracking and subsequent demultiplexing of DPSK/DQPSK/QAM polarization channels was hitherto limited to a fairly fixed optical input power. With APD photoreceivers used for residual interference detection, we demonstrate here an optical level tolerance of at least 7 dB, compared to only 3 dB for PIN photoreceivers. DPSK channel polarizations are tracked at up to 40 krad/s and higher speed on the Poincaré sphere. (ii) High-order optical modulation schemes require increased accuracy of the polarization controller in the demultiplexer. This is possible at the expense of a reduced tracking speed. We achieve a mean polarization extinction ratio of >40 dB or <0.02 rad error while tracking arbitrary endless polarization changes of up to 1000 rad/s. (iii) While electronic polarization tracking in coherent receivers is currently limited to a symbol rate of about 28 GBaud we show optical polarization tracking of a signal with 1 THz bandwidth. PMID:24718201

  12. Properties of small-aperture selectively oxidized VCSELs

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    Choquette, K.D.; Chow, W.W.; Hadley, G.R.; Hou, H.Q.; Geib, K.M.

    1996-12-31

    We report an analysis of the size dependence of VCSEL threshold which agrees with experimental results. The increasing threshold current density of small area VCSELs arises from both increasing threshold gain and increasing leakage current.

  13. Electrically pumped semiconductor laser with monolithic control of circular polarization

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    Rauter, Patrick; Lin, Jiao; Genevet, Patrice; Khanna, Suraj P.; Lachab, Mohammad; Giles Davies, A.; Linfield, Edmund H.; Capasso, Federico

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate surface emission of terahertz (THz) frequency radiation from a monolithic quantum cascade laser with built-in control over the degree of circular polarization by “fishbone” gratings composed of orthogonally oriented aperture antennas. Different grating concepts for circularly polarized emission are introduced along with the presentation of simulations and experimental results. Fifth-order gratings achieve a degree of circular polarization of up to 86% within a 12°-wide core region of their emission lobes in the far field. For devices based on an alternative transverse grating design, degrees of circular polarization as high as 98% are demonstrated for selected far-field regions of the outcoupled THz radiation and within a collection half-angle of about 6°. Potential and limitations of integrated antenna gratings for polarization-controlled emission are discussed. PMID:25512515

  14. Electrically pumped semiconductor laser with monolithic control of circular polarization.

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    Rauter, Patrick; Lin, Jiao; Genevet, Patrice; Khanna, Suraj P; Lachab, Mohammad; Giles Davies, A; Linfield, Edmund H; Capasso, Federico

    2014-12-30

    We demonstrate surface emission of terahertz (THz) frequency radiation from a monolithic quantum cascade laser with built-in control over the degree of circular polarization by "fishbone" gratings composed of orthogonally oriented aperture antennas. Different grating concepts for circularly polarized emission are introduced along with the presentation of simulations and experimental results. Fifth-order gratings achieve a degree of circular polarization of up to 86% within a 12°-wide core region of their emission lobes in the far field. For devices based on an alternative transverse grating design, degrees of circular polarization as high as 98% are demonstrated for selected far-field regions of the outcoupled THz radiation and within a collection half-angle of about 6°. Potential and limitations of integrated antenna gratings for polarization-controlled emission are discussed. PMID:25512515

  15. Advances and new functions of VCSEL photonics

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    Koyama, Fumio

    2014-11-01

    A vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) was born in Japan. The 37 years' research and developments opened up various applications including datacom, sensors, optical interconnects, spectroscopy, optical storages, printers, laser displays, laser radar, atomic clock and high power sources. A lot of unique features have been already proven, such as low power consumption, a wafer level testing and so on. The market of VCSELs has been growing up rapidly and they are now key devices in local area networks based on multi-mode optical fibers. Optical interconnections in data centers and supercomputers are attracting much interest. In this paper, the advances on VCSEL photonics will be reviewed. We present the high-speed modulation of VCSELs based on a coupled cavity structure. For further increase in transmission capacity per fiber, the wavelength engineering of VCSEL arrays is discussed, which includes the wavelength stabilization and wavelength tuning based on a micro-machined cantilever structure. We also address a lateral integration platform and new functions, including high-resolution beam scanner, vortex beam creation and large-port free space wavelength selective switch with a Bragg reflector waveguide.

  16. Intrinsic polarization control in rectangular GaN nanowire lasers

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    Li, Changyi; Liu, Sheng; Luk, Ting S.; Figiel, Jeffrey J.; Brener, Igal; Brueck, S. R. J.; Wang, George T.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we demonstrate intrinsic, linearly polarized lasing from single GaN nanowires using cross-sectional shape control. A two-step top-down fabrication approach was employed to create straight nanowires with controllable rectangular cross-sections. A clear lasing threshold of 444kW/cm2 and a narrow spectral line width of 0.16 nm were observed under optical pumping at room temperature, indicating the onset of lasing. The polarization was along the short dimension (y-direction) of the nanowire due to the higher transverse confinement factors for y-polarized transverse modes resulting from the rectangular nanowire cross-section. The results show that cross-sectioned shape control can enable inherent control overmore » the polarization of nanowire lasers without additional environment requirements, such as placement onto lossy substrates.« less

  17. Intrinsic polarization control in rectangular GaN nanowire lasers.

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    Li, Changyi; Liu, Sheng; Luk, Ting S; Figiel, Jeffrey J; Brener, Igal; Brueck, S R J; Wang, George T

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate intrinsic, linearly polarized lasing from single GaN nanowires using cross-sectional shape control. A two-step top-down fabrication approach was employed to create straight nanowires with controllable rectangular cross-sections. A clear lasing threshold of 444 kW cm(-2) and a narrow spectral line width of 0.16 nm were observed under optical pumping at room temperature, indicating the onset of lasing. The polarization was along the short dimension (y-direction) of the nanowire due to the higher transverse confinement factors for y-polarized transverse modes resulting from the rectangular nanowire cross-section. The results show that cross-sectioned shape control can enable inherent control over the polarization of nanowire lasers without additional environment requirements, such as placement onto lossy substrates. PMID:26899502

  18. Intrinsic polarization control in rectangular GaN nanowire lasers

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    Li, Changyi; Liu, Sheng; Luk, Ting. S.; Figiel, Jeffrey J.; Brener, Igal; Brueck, S. R. J.; Wang, George T.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate intrinsic, linearly polarized lasing from single GaN nanowires using cross-sectional shape control. A two-step top-down fabrication approach was employed to create straight nanowires with controllable rectangular cross-sections. A clear lasing threshold of 444 kW cm-2 and a narrow spectral line width of 0.16 nm were observed under optical pumping at room temperature, indicating the onset of lasing. The polarization was along the short dimension (y-direction) of the nanowire due to the higher transverse confinement factors for y-polarized transverse modes resulting from the rectangular nanowire cross-section. The results show that cross-sectioned shape control can enable inherent control over the polarization of nanowire lasers without additional environment requirements, such as placement onto lossy substrates.

  19. VCSEL with intracavity modulator: fast modulation options

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    Yakimov, M.; Tokranov, V.; Sergeev, A.; Oktyabrsky, S.

    2009-02-01

    An integrated optoelectronic device, comprising VCSEL and intracavity electro-absorption modulator within the same epitaxial structure, has been previously developed by several research groups. Such a combination device, despite having relatively weak DC modulation, exhibits strong optical feedback, resulting in strong optoelectronic resonance feature in small-signal modulation response characteristic . At large modulation amplitude, device demonstrates pulsed response. Similar to Q-switching operation, energy accumulated in the gain medium over full modulation cycle is released in a single short pulse once cavity Q-factor is increased. As a result, traditional NRZ amplitude modulation becomes ineffective. We are proposing a phase-pulse modulation approach to drive this device, when strong optical feedback is used for obtaining very fast rise and fall times of short pulses. Such transient times can be on the order of few photon lifetimes, e.g. few picoseconds. Gain medium depletion can be avoided by variation of Q-factor both above and below steady-state value and keeping total emitted energy per cycle at a constant level. Data showing modulation properties (pulse energy >100 fJ, FWHM 40 ps non-controlled pulse length at 4 GHz,) and device characteristics, along with numerical analysis of such device for different modulation waveforms is presented.

  20. Controllable spiking patterns in long-wavelength vertical cavity surface emitting lasers for neuromorphic photonics systems

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    Hurtado, Antonio; Javaloyes, Julien

    2015-12-01

    Multiple controllable spiking patterns are achieved in a 1310 nm Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in response to induced perturbations and for two different cases of polarized optical injection, namely, parallel and orthogonal. Furthermore, reproducible spiking responses are demonstrated experimentally at sub-nanosecond speed resolution and with a controlled number of spikes fired. This work opens therefore exciting research avenues for the use of VCSELs in ultrafast neuromorphic photonic systems for non-traditional computing applications, such as all-optical binary-to-spiking format conversion and spiking information encoding.

  1. Controllable spiking patterns in long-wavelength vertical cavity surface emitting lasers for neuromorphic photonics systems

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    Hurtado, Antonio; Javaloyes, Julien

    2015-12-14

    Multiple controllable spiking patterns are achieved in a 1310 nm Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in response to induced perturbations and for two different cases of polarized optical injection, namely, parallel and orthogonal. Furthermore, reproducible spiking responses are demonstrated experimentally at sub-nanosecond speed resolution and with a controlled number of spikes fired. This work opens therefore exciting research avenues for the use of VCSELs in ultrafast neuromorphic photonic systems for non-traditional computing applications, such as all-optical binary-to-spiking format conversion and spiking information encoding.

  2. Control of cell polarity and asymmetric division in C. elegans.

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    Sawa, Hitoshi

    2012-01-01

    During development of Caenorhabditis elegans, most somatic cells divide asymmetrically to produce daughter cells with distinct fates. A Wnt signaling pathway called Wnt/?-catenin asymmetry pathway controls both polarity of mother cells and distinct fates of daughter cells. Unlike the PCP pathway that regulates cell polarity in other organisms, this Wnt pathway in C. elegans requires ?-catenin. However, similar to the PCP pathway, signaling components including Dishevelled proteins are asymmetrically localized to the cell cortex. I will review current knowledge about the mechanism of this regulation and how the orientation of cell polarity is controlled by Wnt proteins. PMID:23140625

  3. Polar auxin transport: controlling where and how much

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    Muday, G. K.; DeLong, A.; Brown, C. S. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    Auxin is transported through plant tissues, moving from cell to cell in a unique polar manner. Polar auxin transport controls important growth and developmental processes in higher plants. Recent studies have identified several proteins that mediate polar auxin transport and have shown that some of these proteins are asymmetrically localized, paving the way for studies of the mechanisms that regulate auxin transport. New data indicate that reversible protein phosphorylation can control the amount of auxin transport, whereas protein secretion through Golgi-derived vesicles and interactions with the actin cytoskeleton might regulate the localization of auxin efflux complexes.

  4. High-power VCSELs for smart munitions

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    Geske, Jon; MacDougal, Michael; Cole, Garrett; Snyder, Donald

    2006-08-01

    The next generation of low-cost smart munitions will be capable of autonomously detecting and identifying targets aided partly by the ability to image targets with compact and robust scanning rangefinder and LADAR capabilities. These imaging systems will utilize arrays of high performance, low-cost semiconductor diode lasers capable of achieving high peak powers in pulses ranging from 5 to 25 nanoseconds in duration. Aerius Photonics is developing high-power Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) to meet the needs of these smart munitions applications. The authors will report the results of Aerius' development program in which peak pulsed powers exceeding 60 Watts were demonstrated from single VCSEL emitters. These compact packaged emitters achieved pulse energies in excess of 1.5 micro-joules with multi kilo-hertz pulse repetition frequencies. The progress of the ongoing effort toward extending this performance to arrays of VCSEL emitters and toward further improving laser slope efficiency will be reported.

  5. VCSEL applications in sensors and microsystems

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    Warren, M.E.; Carson, R.F.; Sweatt, W.C.; Wendt, J.R.; Nevers, J.A.; Crawford, M.H.; Hou, H.Q.

    1998-01-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are uniquely suited to miniaturized free-space optical systems in which surface-mounting and hybrid assembly techniques can be used to combine different technologies together. Two examples are described of such microsystems that are being developed for sensing applications. The first example is a optical position sensing system for rotating parts. Progress on fabricating similar systems by flip-chip bonding techniques is then discussed. The second example is a chemical sensing/analysis system which uses a miniature fluorescence detection module that is based on surface-mounted VCSELs and diffractive optical elements. The detection module is integrated with a capillary electrochromatography separation system and uses substrate-mode light propagation to focus the VCSEL beam on the capillary channel.

  6. VCSEL based, wearable, continuously monitoring pulse oximeter.

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    Kollmann, Daniel; Hogan, William K; Steidl, Charles; Hibbs-Brenner, Mary K; Hedin, Daniel S; Lichter, Patrick A

    2013-01-01

    We present the development of a novel pulse oximeter based on low power, low cost, Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology. This new design will help address a need to perform regular measurements of pulse oximetry for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. VCSELs with wavelengths suitable for pulse oximetry were developed and packaged in a PLCC package for a low cost solution that is easy to integrate into a pulse oximeter design. The VCSELs were integrated into a prototype pulse oximeter that is unobtrusive and suitable for long term wearable use. The prototype achieved good performance compared the Nonin Onyx II pulse oximeter at less than one fifth the weight in a design that can be worn behind the ear like a hearing aid. PMID:24110647

  7. Red VCSEL for high-temperature applications

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    Rossbach, R.; Ballmann, T.; Butendeich, R.; Schweizer, H.; Scholz, F.; Jetter, M.

    2004-12-01

    Measured power-current curves of 660 nm AlGaInP-based oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) are compared with calculated data by a cylindrical heat dissipation model to improve heat removal out of the device. Pulsed lasing operation of a 670 nm VCSEL at high temperatures is demonstrated. At +120 °C heat sink temperature we exceeded 0.5 mW and at +160 °C still 25 μW output power were achieved.

  8. Coherence of VCSEL's for holographic interconnects

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    Chilla, J. L. A.; Benware, B.; Watson, M. E.; Stanko, P.; Rocca, J. J.; Wilmsen, C.; Feld, S.; Leibenguth, R.

    1995-05-01

    Temporal and spatial coherence measurements were conducted on the emission from AlGaAs-GaAs vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL's). Results of both CW and pulsed conditions from devices of 8- and 15- micron diameter are reported. Coherence length of 0.6 mm for multi-mode and approximately 75 cm for single-mode were obtained. Thermal chirp reduces the single-mode coherence to 16 mm for 5 ns pulses. For holograms smaller than 0.6 mm in size the density of information that can be read by the VCSEL's is diffraction-limited by the size of the holographic element.

  9. Comparison of modelling techniques for multimode fibers and its application to VCSEL source coupling

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    Zhong, Huiying; Zhang, Site; Shi, Rui; Hellmann, Christian; Wyrowski, Frank

    2015-10-01

    Ray tracing and split-step method are the most efficient techniques to model multi-mode fiber. In this work, we also propose a geometrical optics based approach, which is beyond ray tracing. This approach, which is mathematically based on Runge-Kutta methods, handles not only ray information but light field information, e.g. amplitude and polarization. Then we discuss and compare the different techniques by the example of coupling of a VCSEL source into a multi-mode fiber.

  10. Full control of polarization state with a pair of electro-optic modulators for polarization-resolved optical microscopy.

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    Kaneshiro, Junichi; Watanabe, Tomonobu M; Fujita, Hideaki; Ichimura, Taro

    2016-02-10

    Full and arbitrary control of polarization states of light using two independent electro-optic modulators is presented. The mechanism of the controllability is theoretically described using the Jones vector and matrix, and the polarization state change with control parameters is geometrically illustrated in the Stokes parameter space. Our theoretical framework involves possible distortions of the polarization state due to optical elements between the polarization controller and measurement point and presents a mechanism for pre-compensating the polarization distortion. The theory's validity and controllability of the polarization state are experimentally demonstrated with a test optical setup using a dichroic mirror as a polarization distorter. The inevitable intensity variation during polarization sweeps and a strategy for pre- and post-compensation of the variations are discussed. The technique's applicability to bioimaging is also discussed. PMID:26906380

  11. Optical power of VCSELs stabilized to 35 ppm/°C without a TEC

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    Downing, John

    2015-03-01

    This paper reports a method and system comprising a light source, an electronic method, and a calibration procedure for stabilizing the optical power of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and laser diodes (LDs) without the use thermoelectric coolers (TECs). The system eliminates the needs for custom interference coatings, polarization adjustments, and the exact alignment required by the optical method reported in 2013 [1]. It can precisely compensate for the effects of temperature and wavelength drift on photodiode responsivity as well as changes in VCSEL beam quality and polarization angle over a 50°C temperature range. Data obtained from light sources built with single-mode polarization-locked VCSELs demonstrate that 30 ppm/°C stability can be readily obtained. The system has advantages over TECstabilized laser modules that include: 1) 90% lower relative RMS optical power and temperature sensitivity, 2) a five-fold enhancement of wall-plug efficiency, 3) less component testing and sorting, 4) lower manufacturing costs, and 5) automated calibration in batches at time of manufacture is practical. The system is ideally suited for battery-powered environmental and in-home medical monitoring applications.

  12. Integrated-optic polarization controllers incorporating polymer waveguide birefringence modulators.

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    Kim, Jun-Whee; Park, Su-Hyun; Chu, Woo-Sung; Oh, Min-Cheol

    2012-05-21

    Polarization controllers based on polymer waveguide technology are demonstrated by incorporating thermo-optic birefringence modulators (BMs) and thin-film wave plates. Highly birefringent polymer materials are used to increase the efficiency of birefringence modulation in proportion to the heating power. Thin-film quarter-wave plates are fabricated by using a crosslinkable liquid crystal, reactive mesogen, and inserted between the BMs to produce static phase retardation and polarization coupling. By applying a triangular AC signal to one BM and a DC signal to another, the polarization states of the output light are modulated to cover the entire surface of the Poincaré sphere. PMID:22714231

  13. Observation of electro-activated localized structures in broad area VCSELs.

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    Parravicini, J; Brambilla, M; Columbo, L; Prati, F; Rizza, C; Tissoni, G; Agranat, A J; DelRe, E

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the electro-activation of a localized optical structure in a coherently driven broad-area vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) operated below threshold. Control is achieved by electro-optically steering a writing beam through a pre-programmable switch based on a photorefractive funnel waveguide. PMID:25606953

  14. VCSEL-based parallel optical transmission module

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    Shen, Rongxuan; Chen, Hongda; Zuo, Chao; Pei, Weihua; Zhou, Yi; Tang, Jun

    2005-02-01

    This paper describes the design process and performance of the optimized parallel optical transmission module. Based on 1×12 VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) array, we designed and fabricated the high speed parallel optical modules. Our parallel optical module contains a 1×12 VCSEL array, a 12 channel CMOS laser driver circuit, a high speed PCB (Printed Circuit Board), a MT fiber connector and a packaging housing. The L-I-V characteristics of the 850nm VCSEL was measured at the operating current 8mA, 3dB frequency bandwidth more than 3GHz and the optical output 1mW. The transmission rate of all 12 channels is 30Gbit/s, with a single channel 2.5Gbit/s. By adopting the integration of the 1×12 VCSEL array and the driver array, we make a high speed PCB (Printed Circuit Board) to provide the optoelectronic chip with the operating voltage and high speed signals current. The LVDS (Low-Voltage Differential Signals) was set as the input signal to achieve better high frequency performance. The active coupling was adopted with a MT connector (8° slant fiber array). We used the Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) packaging. With the edge connector, the module could be inserted into the system dispense with bonding process.

  15. Progress in extended wavelength VCSEL technology

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    Johnson, Klein; Dummer, Matthew; Hibbs-Brenner, Mary; Hogan, William; Steidl, Charles

    2013-03-01

    Vixar has been developing VCSELs at both shorter (680nm) and longer (1850nm) wavelengths. This paper reports on advances in technology at both of these wavelengths. 680nm VCSELs based upon the AlGaAs/AlGaInP materials system were designed and fabricated for high speed operation for plastic optical fiber (POF) based links for industrial, automotive and consumer applications. High speed testing was performed in a "back-to-back" configuration over short lengths of glass fiber, over 42 meters of POF, with and without I.C. drivers and preamps, and over temperature. Performance to 90°C, 10 Gbps and over 40 meters of plastic optical fiber has been demonstrated. Reliability testing has been performed over a range of temperatures and currents. Preliminary results predict a TT1% failure of at least 240,000 hours at 40°C and an average current modulation of 4mA. In addition, the VCSELs survive 1000 hours at 85% humidity 85°C in a non-hermetic package. 1850nm InP based VCSELs are being developed for optical neurostimulation. The goals are to optimize the output power and power conversion efficiency. 7mW of DC output power has been demonstrated at room temperature, as well as a power conversion efficiency of 12%. Devices operate to 85°C. Over 70mW of pulsed power has been achieved from a 35 VCSEL array, with a pulse width of 10μsec.

  16. Nonlinear mode coupling in optical fibers and VCSELs and some applications to communication systems

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    Kishore, Kunal

    2000-11-01

    Nonlinear phenomena are relatively easy to observe in optical fibers and semiconductor laser cavities. In optical fibers, nonlinear effects can be seen even at low power due to the high intensities in the small fiber cores and long propagation distances possible in low loss fibers. Semiconductor lasers, in particular, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs), have cavities with very high Q-factors, which result in high intra cavity intensities even at low facet powers. In this thesis we will examine how these nonlinear effects are responsible for coupling between the different modes present in the medium and some applications to optical communication systems. In optical fibers, the nonlinear processes that dominate are self-phase matched processes that automatically satisfy the phase matching condition. These processes include self phase modulation (SPM) and cross phase modulation (XPM). SPM is responsible for the stability and interaction between propagating pulses known as solitons. XPM is responsible for coupling signals with different polarizations or wavelengths propagating in a fiber. In this thesis we have investigated the possibility of controlling the non-linear interaction between solitons, using XPM from another pulse and using this mechanism for pattern recognition in an optical data stream. We demonstrate high-speed (63Gb/s) recognition of 8-bit header words which is a useful function at an add- drop node in an optical network. Both SPM and XPM can be explained in terms of a nonlinear refractive index-a simplification that is made possible by the extremely fast relaxation times in silica (~40fs). In semiconductors the carriers exhibit both fast intra band (~50fs) and spin-flip relaxation (~2ps), and slow inter band dipole relaxation (~Ins). Due to this hierarchy of relaxation times, the interaction of light with the semiconductor medium cannot be described by a single effective refractive index and the carrier dynamics have to be accounted for explicitly. Using this detailed description, we have compared the contribution of spin-flip relaxation to the non-linear coupling between the polarization modes near threshold. We show that the detailed structure of the mode spectrum observed when the VCSEL cavity is probed with an injected optical field is accounted for by the slow dipole relaxation times.

  17. Polarization-controlled multistage switch based on polarization-selective computer-generated holograms

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    Krishnamoorthy, Ashok V.; Xu, Fang; Ford, Joseph E.; Fainman, Yeshayahu

    1997-02-01

    We describe a polarization-controlled free-space optical multistage interconnection network based on polarization-selective computer-generated holograms: optical elements that are capable of imposing arbitrary, independent phase functions on horizontally and vertically polarized monochromatic light. We investigate the design of a novel nonblocking space-division photonic switch architecture. The multistage-switch architecture uses a fan-out stage, a single stage of 2 2 switching elements, and a fan-in stage. The architecture is compatible with several control strategies that use 1 2 and 2 2 polarization-controlled switches to route the input light beams. One application of the switch is in a passive optical network in which data is optically transmitted through the switch with a time-of-flight delay but without optical-to-electrical conversions at each stage. We have built and characterized a proof-of-principle 4 4 free-space switching network using three cascaded stages of arrayed birefringent computer-generated holographic elements. Data modulated at 20 MHz channel were transmitted through the network to demonstrate transparent operation.

  18. Single frequency stable VCSEL as a compact source for interferometry and vibrometry

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    Dudzik, Grzegorz; Rzepka, Janusz

    2010-05-28

    Developing an innovative PS-DAVLL (Polarization Switching DAVLL) method of frequency stabilization, which used a ferroelectric liquid crystal cell as quarter wave plate, rubidium cell and developed ultra-stable current source, allowed to obtain a frequency stability of 10{sup -9}(frequency reproducibility of 1,2centre dot10{sup -8}) and reductions in external dimensions of laser source. The total power consumption is only 1,5 Watt. Because stabilization method used in the frequency standard is insensitive to vibration, the semiconductor laser interferometer was built for measuring range over one meter, which can also be used in industry for the accurate measurement of displacements with an accuracy of 1[mum/m]. Measurements of the VCSEL laser parameters are important from the standpoint of its use in laser interferometry or vibrometry, like narrow emission line DELTAnu{sub FWHM} = 70[MHz] equivalent of this laser type and stability of linear polarization of VCSEL laser. The undoubted advantage of the constructed laser source is the lack of mode-hopping effect during continuous work of VCSEL.

  19. Chirp and polarization control of femtosecond molecular fragmentation

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    Goswami, T; Das, D K; Kumar, S K Karthick; Goswami, D

    2013-01-01

    We explore the simultaneous effect of chirp and polarization as the two control parameters for non-resonant photo-dissociation of n-propyl benzene. Experiments performed over a wide range of laser intensities show that these two control knobs behave mutually exclusively. Specifically, for the coherently enhanced fragments (C3H3+, C5H5+) with negatively chirped pulses and C6H5+ with positively chirped pulses, polarization effect is the same as compared to that in the case of transform-limited pulses. Though a change in polarization affects the overall fragmentation efficiency, the fragmentation pattern of n-propyl benzene molecule remains unaffected in contrast to the chirp case. PMID:24115807

  20. Tuning the stiffness asymmetry of optical tweezers via polarization control

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    So, Jinmyoung; Choi, Jai-Min

    2016-03-01

    We report an experimental demonstration of tailoring the landscape of the optical potential by using the polarization state of a trap laser beam as a tuning knob. Two groups of polystyrene spheres, i.e., 300 nm and 1 μm, are optically trapped individually to investigate the effect of the intrinsic and a strongly-modified optical field distribution on the resulting trap stiffness, respectively. The angular variations of the orthogonal pair of stiffnesses, k x and k y , with the polarization state of the trap laser beam were systematically analyzed, and the results show that polarization control could provide a wide tuning range of trap-stiffness asymmetry ( s T = 1- k x / k y ). The implication of asymmetry control of the optical potential is briefly discussed.

  1. Polarity Control in Group-III Nitrides beyond Pragmatism

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    Mohn, Stefan; Stolyarchuk, Natalia; Markurt, Toni; Kirste, Ronny; Hoffmann, Marc P.; Collazo, Ramón; Courville, Aimeric; Di Felice, Rosa; Sitar, Zlatko; Vennéguès, Philippe; Albrecht, Martin

    2016-05-01

    Controlling the polarity of polar semiconductors on nonpolar substrates offers a wealth of device concepts in the form of heteropolar junctions. A key to realize such structures is an appropriate buffer-layer design that, in the past, has been developed by empiricism. GaN or ZnO on sapphire are prominent examples for that. Understanding the basic processes that mediate polarity, however, is still an unsolved problem. In this work, we study the structure of buffer layers for group-III nitrides on sapphire by transmission electron microscopy as an example. We show that it is the conversion of the sapphire surface into a rhombohedral aluminum-oxynitride layer that converts the initial N-polar surface to Al polarity. With the various AlxOyNz phases of the pseudobinary Al2O3 -AlN system and their tolerance against intrinsic defects, typical for oxides, a smooth transition between the octahedrally coordinated Al in the sapphire and the tetrahedrally coordinated Al in AlN becomes feasible. Based on these results, we discuss the consequences for achieving either polarity and shed light on widely applied concepts in the field of group-III nitrides like nitridation and low-temperature buffer layers.

  2. Enabling quantum communications through accurate photons polarization control

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    Almeida, Álvaro J.; Muga, Nelson J.; Silva, Nuno A.; Stojanovic, Aleksandar D.; André, Paulo S.; Pinto, Armando N.; Mora, José; Capmany, José

    2013-11-01

    The rapid increase on the information sharing around the world, leads to an utmost requirement for capacity and bandwidth. However, the need for security in the transmission and storage of information is also of major importance. The use of quantum technologies provides a practical solution for secure communications systems. Quantum key distribution (QKD) was the first practical application of quantum mechanics, and nowadays it is the most developed one. In order to share secret keys between two parties can be used several methods of encoding. Due to its simplicity, the encoding into polarization is one of the most used. However, when we use optical fibers as transmission channels, the polarization suffers random rotations that may change the state of polarization (SOP) of the light initially sent to the fiber to a new one at the output. Thus, in order to enable real-time communication using this encoding method it is required the use of a dynamic control system. We describe a scheme of transmission of quantum information, which is based in the polarization encoding, and that allows to share secret keys through optical fibers without interruption. The dynamic polarization control system used in such scheme is described, both theoretically and experimentally. Their advantages and limitations for the use in quantum communications are presented and discussed.

  3. Highly reliable oxide VCSELs manufactured at HP/Agilent Technologies

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    Herrick, Robert W.; Lim, Sui F.; Deng, Hongyu; Deng, Qing; Dudley, Jim J.; Keever, Mark R.; Oh, Tchang-Hun; Li, Melissa Y.; Tashima, M.; Hodge, Lee A.; Zhang, Xiaolong; Herniman, John; Evans, Pete; Liang, Bing; Lei, Chun

    2000-05-01

    We discuss the reliability of the oxide VCSELs made by Agilent Technologies (formerly part of Hewlett Packard). Measurements of operating temperature in fiber optic modules are given; these temperatures are higher than generally assumed. General challenges with oxide VCSEL reliability are introduced, and different types of failures are discussed. Long-term oxide VCSEL lifetest results are presented, along with observations about the thermal and current acceleration models. Production monitoring strategies are discussed, and the basic degradation phenomenology is briefly shown.

  4. Self-Sustained Ultrafast Pulsation in Coupled VCSELs

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    Ning, Cun-Zheng

    2001-01-01

    High frequency, narrow-band self-pulsating operation is demonstrated in two coupled vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The coupled VCSELs provide an ideal source for high-repetition rate (over 40 GHz), sinusoidal-like modulated laser source with Gaussian-like near- and far-field profiles. We also show that the frequency of the modulation can be tuned by the inter-VCSEL separation or by DC-bias level.

  5. Experimental observation of localized structures in medium size VCSELs.

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    Averlant, Etienne; Tlidi, Mustapha; Thienpont, Hugo; Ackemann, Thorsten; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2014-01-13

    We report experimental evidence of spontaneous formation of localized structures in a 80 μm diameter Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) biased above the lasing threshold and under optical injection. Such localized structures are bistable with the injected beam power and the VCSEL current. We experimentally investigate the formation of localized structures for different detunings between the injected beam and the VCSEL, and different injection beam waists. PMID:24515036

  6. Comparison of Techniques for Bonding VCSELs Directly to Ics

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    Choquette, K.D.; Geib, K.M.; Hayes, E.M. Wilmsen, C.W.; Hou, H.Q.; Pu, R.

    1999-03-26

    This paper reports the successful bonding of 8 x 8 and 4 x 4 VCSEL arrays to Si CMOS and GaAs MESFET integrated circuits and to GaAs substrates. Three different bonding techniques are demonstrated and their electrical, optical and mechanical characteristics are compared. All three techniques remove the substrate from the VCSEL wafer, leaving individual VCSELs bonded directly to locations within the integrated circuit.

  7. High-power low-noise VCSEL seed laser for fiber laser applications

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    Guo, Baiming; Wang, Qing; Xu, Bing; van Leeuwen, Robert; Seurin, Jean Francois; Xu, Guoyang; Ghosh, Chuni

    2010-02-01

    The properties of high-power and low-noise seed lasers are key for high performance master oscillator-power amplifier (MOPA) fiber-lasers. We have successfully demonstrated high-power and low-noise seed lasers using our VCSEL technology. We used an external-cavity configuration with optimum cavity design for single-mode control, and the mode-beating problem can be fully avoided compared to the edge-emitter seed lasers. The external-cavity VCSEL achieved high-power single-mode pulsed operation with good mode quality that allowed it to be efficiently coupled into a single-mode PM or non-PM fiber. Using high-speed driving electronics, optical pulse widths of 12ns and shorter were obtained with repetition rates of up to 1 MHz. The optical output peak power obtained is over 10 W. We have also demonstrated a CW version of this high-power VCSEL seed laser achieving single transverse and longitudinal mode with an output power of greater than 0.5 W. The high-power external cavity VCSELs were operated in single longitudinal mode demonstrating narrow spectral line-width of 200kHz, and having very low RIN of -155 dBc/Hz at 1MHz, which was even lower at higher frequencies.

  8. Polarization characteristics, control, and modulation of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Choquette, K.D.; Lear, K.L.; Schneider, R.P. Jr.; Figiel, J.J.; Kilcoyne, S.P.; Hagerott-Crawford, M.; Zolper, J.C.; Leibenguth, R.E.

    1995-03-01

    The gain-dependent polarization properties of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers and methods for polarization control and modulation are discussed. The partitioning of power between the two orthogonal eigen polarizations is shown to depend upon the relative spectral alignment of the nondegenerate polarization cavity resonances with the laser gain spectrum. A dominant polarization can thus be maintained by employing a blue-shifted offset of the peak laser gain relative to the cavity resonance wavelength. Alternatively, the polarization can be controlled through use of anisotropic transverse cavity geometries. The orthogonal eigen polarizations are also shown to enable polarization modulation. By exploiting polarization switching transitions in cruciform lasers, polarization modulation of the fundamental mode up to 50 MHz is demonstrated. At lower modulation frequencies, complementary digital polarized output or frequency doubling of the polarized output is obtained. Control and manipulation of vertical-cavity laser polarization may prove valuable for present and future applications.

  9. Generation of polarization-resolved wideband unpredictability-enhanced chaotic signals based on vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers subject to chaotic optical injection.

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    Chen, Jian-Jun; Wu, Zheng-Mao; Tang, Xi; Deng, Tao; Fan, Li; Zhong, Zhu-Qiang; Xia, Guang-Qiong

    2015-03-23

    A system framework is proposed and analyzed for generating polarization-resolved wideband unpredictability-enhanced chaotic signals based on a slave vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (S-VCSEL) driven by an injected optical chaos signal from a master VCSEL (M-VCSEL) under optical feedback. After calculating the time series outputs from the M-VCSEL under optical feedback and the S-VCSEL under chaotic optical injection by using the spin-flip model (SFM), the unpredictability degree (UD) is evaluated by permutation entropy (PE), and the bandwidth of the polarization-resolved outputs from the M-VCSEL and S-VCSEL are numerically investigated. The results show that, under suitable parameters, both the bandwidth and UD of two polarization components (PCs) outputs from the S-VCSEL can be enhanced significantly compared with that of the driving chaotic signals output from the M-VCSEL. By simulating the influences of the feedback and injection parameters on the bandwidth and UD of the polarization-resolved outputs from S-VCSEL, related operating parameters can be optimized. PMID:25837062

  10. VCSEL fault location apparatus and method

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    Keeler, Gordon A.; Serkland, Darwin K.

    2007-05-15

    An apparatus for locating a fault within an optical fiber is disclosed. The apparatus, which can be formed as a part of a fiber-optic transmitter or as a stand-alone instrument, utilizes a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) to generate a test pulse of light which is coupled into an optical fiber under test. The VCSEL is subsequently reconfigured by changing a bias voltage thereto and is used as a resonant-cavity photodetector (RCPD) to detect a portion of the test light pulse which is reflected or scattered from any fault within the optical fiber. A time interval .DELTA.t between an instant in time when the test light pulse is generated and the time the reflected or scattered portion is detected can then be used to determine the location of the fault within the optical fiber.

  11. Genetic control of polar cell expansion in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Schiefelbein, J.; Ford, S. ); Somerville, C. )

    1990-05-01

    Certain plant cells, like root hairs and pollen tubes, exhibit polar cell growth, with expansion limited to the tip of the growing cell. In order to understand the mechanisms regulating polar cell expansion, we are studying the process of root hair elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana. By visually screening roots from 12,000 mutagenized Arabidopsis seedlings on Petri dishes, more than 40 root hair mutants have been identified. We have focused our attention on mutants that possess nuclear recessive mutations in three genes (RHD2, RHD3, and RDH4) that appear to be involved in controlling polar cell growth in root hairs. We are currently using cellular, genetic, and molecular approaches to understand these genes' normal roles in root hair elongation.

  12. Polarization and spectral properties of ion-implanted and oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Raja, M. Yasin A.; Cao, Yang; Cooper, Guthrie H.; Aldwayyan, Abdullah; Wang, Charlie X.

    2002-03-01

    We conduct a comparative study of polarization properties of vertical-cavity surface- emitting lasers (VCSELs) from various sources, fabricated either by ion implantation or by the oxide-confinement method. An integrated test bench (ITB) for photonic devices is used to characterize the VCSELs. The ITB setup enabled simultaneous monitoring of the polarization state, transverse modes, wavelength spectrum, and optical power of the VCSELs under test. VCSELs commonly exhibit polarization noise, switching, and instability. The polarization behavior and related modal properties of various VCSELs are investigated based on aperture size, geometry, and fabrication processes. From the cw and pulsed pumping data, a general trend and inherent behavior is identified and polarization-related limitations are discussed.

  13. Coherent control of optical polarization effects in metamaterials

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    Mousavi, Seyedmohammad A.; Plum, Eric; Shi, Jinhui; Zheludev, Nikolay I.

    2015-01-01

    Processing of photonic information usually relies on electronics. Aiming to avoid the conversion between photonic and electronic signals, modulation of light with light based on optical nonlinearity has become a major research field and coherent optical effects on the nanoscale are emerging as new means of handling and distributing signals. Here we demonstrate that in slabs of linear material of sub-wavelength thickness optical manifestations of birefringence and optical activity (linear and circular birefringence and dichroism) can be controlled by a wave coherent with the wave probing the polarization effect. We demonstrate this in proof-of-principle experiments for chiral and anisotropic microwave metamaterials, where we show that the large parameter space of polarization characteristics may be accessed at will by coherent control. Such control can be exerted at arbitrarily low intensities, thus arguably allowing for fast handling of electromagnetic signals without facing thermal management and energy challenges. PMID:25755071

  14. Advanced characterization techniques for high power VCSELs

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    Moench, Holger; Baier, Johannes; Gronenborn, Stephan; Kolb, Johanna; Miller, Michael; Pekarski, Pavel; Schemmann, Marcel; Valster, Adriaan

    2010-02-01

    The performance of high power VCSELs in a specific application depends on the geometrical and thermal design as well as on the quality of the epitaxially grown material. Due to the relatively high heat load in densely packed high power arrays the temperature in the active zone and the DBR mirrors changes significantly with the applied current and the traditional characterization methods become less meaningful than for low power devices. This paper presents a method to measure temperature independent power curves with the help of short pulse techniques and data mapping at different heat sink temperatures. In addition the internal quantum efficiency, the transparency current and the gain coefficient are measured by a novel method which operates the VCSEL material as an edge emitter and applies a cut-back technique. The optical losses in the DBR mirrors are determined using external feedback. In summary all relevant parameters which determine the quality of an epitaxial design are measured independently and can be directly compared with modeling and help to optimize the high power VCSEL performance.

  15. 980-nm VCSELs for optical interconnects at bandwidths beyond 40 Gb/s

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    Hofmann, W. H.; Moser, P.; Wolf, P.; Larisch, G.; Unrau, W.; Bimberg, D.

    2012-03-01

    The copper-induced communication bottleneck is inhibiting performance and environmental acceptance of today's supercomputers. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are ideally suited to solve this dilemma. Indeed global players like Google, Intel, HP or IBM are now going for optical interconnects based on VCSELs. The required bandwidth per link, however, is fixed by the architecture of the data center. According to Google, a bandwidth of 40 Gb/s has to be accommodated. We recently realized ultra-high speed VCSELs suited for optical interconnects in data centers with record-high performance. The 980-nm wavelength was chosen to be able to realize densely-packed, bottom-emitting devices particularly advantageous for interconnects. These devices show error-free transmission at temperatures up to 155C. Serial data-rates of 40 Gb/s were achieved up to 75 C. Peltier-cooled devices were modulated up to 50 Gb/s. These results were achieved from the sender side by a VCSEL structure with important improvements and from the receiver side by a receiver module supplied by u2t with some 30 GHz bandwidth. The novel VCSELs feature a new active region, a very short laser cavity, and a drastically improved thermal resistance by the incorporation of a binary bottom mirror. As these devices might be of industrial interest we had the epi-growth done by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition at IQE Europe. Consequently, the devices were fabricated using a three-inch wafer process, and the apertures were formed by proprietary in-situ controlled selective wet oxidation. All device data were measured, mapped and evaluated by our fully automated probe station. Furthermore, these devices enable record-efficient data-transmission beyond 30 Gb/s, which is crucial for green photonics.

  16. Cryogenic control system of the large COMPASS polarized target

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    Gautheron, F.; Ball, J.; Baum, G.; Berglund, P.; Doshita, N.; Goertz, St.; Gustafsson, K.; Horikawa, N.; Kisselev, Y.; Koivuniemi, J.; Kondo, K.; Meyer, W.; Reicherz, G.

    2004-06-01

    The dilution refrigerator used to cool the large COMPASS polarized target is monitored through a PC running LabVIEW TM 6.1 under Windows 2000 TM. About 60 parameters of the target (temperatures, pressures, flow rates) are continuously plotted and checked. They are periodically recorded in an Oracle TM database and in a data file. An alarm for every parameter can be individually activated and optionally connected to a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) delivery message system. A web server receives and publishes the online status of the target with online tables and graphics on a dedicated COMPASS polarized target information web site. A Siemens programmable logic controller (PLC) powered by an uninterruptable source keeps the cryogenic system safe and stable during the long beam periods by controlling valves and interlocks. This safety feature protects the dilution refrigerator against potential damages in case of power failure.

  17. Antimonide-based approaches for long-wavelength VCSELs

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    Klem, J.F.; Blum, O.; Lear, K.

    1998-08-01

    Mixed arsenide/antimonide materials have unique properties which make them potentially valuable for use in VCSELs operating at wavelengths longer than 1 {micro}m. The authors present their progress in applying these materials to VCSEL designs for 1--1.55 {micro}m.

  18. Cavity soliton laser based on a VCSEL with saturable absorber

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    Tissoni, Giovanna; Aghdami, Keivan M.; Prati, Franco; Brambilla, Massimo; Lugiato, Luigi A.

    In this Chapter we intend to make a review on our work on cavity solitons in semiconductor lasers with saturable absorbers, with a special attention to the most recent results.We study theoretically a broad-area vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with a saturable absorber, and show numerically the existence of cavity solitons in the system: they exist as solitary structures superposed on a background with zero intensity. Therefore, this system can work as a cavity soliton laser, ensuring maximum contrast and compactness of the device, in comparison with other systems supporting cavity solitons. In particular, in absence of a holding beam, these solitons do not rely on a proper phase of the addressing pulses to be either created or deleted.We also show that the properties of the system are deeply influenced by the radiative recombination of carriers. Taking into account this process, the existence of solitons is shown numerically for a choice of parameters suitable to describe real devices, where the same material is used for the active and the passive parts. Furthermore, we compare three different switching techniques for the control of cavity solitons in a VCSEL based cavity soliton laser, one incoherent and the other two semicoherent with different injection frequencies. We show that the switching dynamics and energies can be very different depending on the type of injection. Finally, we show that in a cavity soliton laser based on a VCSEL with a saturable absorber the solitons can spontaneously move if the ratio of the carrier lifetimes in the amplifier and in the absorber takes appropriate values. The direction of the motion is arbitrary, while its velocity is determined by the parameters of the system. In devices with a finite cross section the CS describes different trajectories depending on the shape of the boundary of the pumped region. For a circular pump the CS moves on circular trajectories along the boundary. This dynamical regime can be exploited to create controllable trains of pulses, together with frequency and amplitude modulation.

  19. Quantum phase gate and controlled entanglement with polar molecules

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    Charron, Eric; Keller, Arne; Atabek, Osman; Milman, Perola

    2007-03-15

    We propose an alternative scenario for the generation of entanglement between rotational quantum states of two polar molecules. This entanglement arises from dipole-dipole interaction, and is controlled by a sequence of laser pulses simultaneously exciting both molecules. We study the efficiency of the process, and discuss possible experimental implementations with cold molecules trapped in optical lattices or in solid matrices. Finally, various entanglement detection procedures are presented, and their suitability for these two physical situations is analyzed.

  20. Polarization control at spin-driven ferroelectric domain walls.

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    Leo, Naëmi; Bergman, Anders; Cano, Andres; Poudel, Narayan; Lorenz, Bernd; Fiebig, Manfred; Meier, Dennis

    2015-01-01

    Unusual electronic states arise at ferroelectric domain walls due to the local symmetry reduction, strain gradients and electrostatics. This particularly applies to improper ferroelectrics, where the polarization is induced by a structural or magnetic order parameter. Because of the subordinate nature of the polarization, the rigid mechanical and electrostatic boundary conditions that constrain domain walls in proper ferroics are lifted. Here we show that spin-driven ferroelectricity promotes the emergence of charged domain walls. This provides new degrees of flexibility for controlling domain-wall charges in a deterministic and reversible process. We create and position a domain wall by an electric field in Mn0.95Co0.05WO4. With a magnetic field we then rotate the polarization and convert neutral into charged domain walls, while its magnetic properties peg the wall to its location. Using atomistic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert simulations we quantify the polarization changes across the two wall types and highlight their general occurrence. PMID:25868608

  1. Cavity structures for low loss oxide-confined VCSELs

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    Choquette, K.D.; Hadley, G.R.; Chow, W.W.; Hou, H.Q.; Geib, K.M.; Hammons, B.E.; Mathes, D.; Hull, R.

    1997-05-01

    The authors examine the threshold characteristics of selectively oxidized VCSELs as a function of the number, thickness, and placement of the buried oxide apertures. The threshold current density for small area VCSELs is shown to increase with the number of oxide apertures in the cavity due to increased optical loss, while the threshold current density for broad area VCSELs decreases with increasing number of apertures due to more uniform current injection. Reductions of the threshold gain and optical loss are achieved for small area VCSELs using thin oxide apertures which are displaced longitudinally away from te optical cavity. They show that the optical loss can be sufficiently reduced to allow lasing in VCSELs with aperture area as small as 0.25 {micro}m{sup 2}.

  2. Hemin controls T cell polarization in sickle cell alloimmunization

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    Zhong, Hui; Bao, Weili; Friedman, David; Yazdanbakhsh, Karina

    2014-01-01

    Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) often require transfusions to treat and prevent worsening anemia and other SCD complications. However, transfusions can trigger alloimmunization against transfused red blood cells (RBCs) with serious clinical sequelae. Risk factors for alloimmunization in SCD remain poorly understood. We recently reported altered regulatory T cell (Treg) and T helper (Th) responses with higher circulating Th1 (IFN-γ+) cytokines in chronically transfused SCD patients with alloantibodies as compared to those without alloantibodies. Since monocytes play a critical role in polarization of T cell subsets and participate in clearance of transfused RBCs, we tested the hypothesis that in response to RBC breakdown product, hemin, monocyte control of T cell polarization will differ between alloimmunized and non-alloimmunized SCD patients. Exogenous hemin induced Treg polarization in purified T-cell-monocyte cocultures from healthy volunteers through monocyte anti-inflammatory heme degrading enzyme HO-1. Importantly, hemin primarily through its effect on CD16+ monocytes induced an anti-inflammatory (higher Treg/lower Th1) polarization state in non-alloimmunized SCD group, whereas it had little effect in the alloimmunized group. Non-alloimmunized SCD CD16+ monocytes expressed higher basal levels of HO-1. Furthermore, IL-12, which contributed to a pro-inflammatory polarization state (low Treg/high Th1) in SCD, was dampened in hemin-treated stimulated monocytes from non-alloimmunized SCD patients, but not in alloimmunized group. These data suggest that unlike alloimmunized patients, non-alloimmunized SCD CD16+ monocytes in response to transfused RBC breakdown products promote an anti-inflammatory state that is less conductive to alloimmunization. PMID:24879794

  3. Polarization Control with Piezoelectric and LiNbO3 Transducers

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    Bradley, E.; Miles, E.; Loginov, B.; Vu, N.

    Several Polarization control transducers have appeared on the market, and now automated, endless polarization control systems using these transducers are becoming available. Unfortunately it is not entirely clear what benchmark performance tests a polarization control system must pass, and the polarization disturbances a system must handle are open to some debate. We present quantitative measurements of realistic polarization disturbances and two benchmark tests we have successfully used to evaluate the performance of an automated, endless polarization control system. We use these tests to compare the performance of a system using piezoelectric transducers to that of a system using LiNbO3 transducers.

  4. Multiplexed gas spectroscopy using tunable VCSELs

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    Bond, T; Bond, S; McCarrick, J; Zumstein, J; Chang, A; Moran, B; Benett, W J

    2012-04-10

    Detection and identification of gas species using tunable laser diode laser absorption spectroscopy has been performed using vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL). Two detection methods are compared: direct absorbance and wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS). In the first, the output of a DC-based laser is directly monitored to detect for any quench at the targeted specie wavelength. In the latter, the emission wavelength of the laser is modulated by applying a sinusoidal component on the drive current of frequency {omega}, and measuring the harmonics component (2{omega}) of the photo-detected current. This method shows a better sensitivity measured as signal to noise ratio, and is less susceptible to interference effects such as scattering or fouling. Gas detection was initially performed at room temperature and atmospheric conditions using VCSELs of emission wavelength 763 nm for oxygen and 1392 nm for water, scanning over a range of approximately 10 nm, sufficient to cover 5-10 gas specific absorption lines that enable identification and quantization of gas composition. The amplitude and frequency modulation parameters were optimized for each detected gas species, by performing two dimensional sweeps for both tuning current and either amplitude or frequency, respectively. We found that the highest detected signal is observed for a wavelength modulation amplitude equal to the width of the gas absorbance lines, in good agreement with theoretical calculations, and for modulation frequencies below the time response of the lasers (<50KHz). In conclusion, we will discuss limit of detection studies and further implementation and packaging of VCSELs in diode arrays for continuous and simultaneous monitoring of multiple species in gaseous mixtures.

  5. The dynamics and control of the Space Station polar platform

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    Wahbah, M. M.; Andersen, G. C.

    1987-01-01

    The Space Station polar platform will carry a variety of earth observation instruments for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In this paper, the asymmetrical platform is modeled as three connected rigid bodies. A generalized angular momentum equation is employed to derive the rotational equations of motion. These equations are linearized and used for preliminary sizing of control devices using a classical control approach. Two control systems are considered to stabilize the platform and satisfy the pointing requirements. The first system is composed of a single variable-speed, double-gimbaled momentum wheel and the second consists of three-reaction wheels. The performance of each system is assessed using a linear optimal control approach.

  6. 22-Gb/s Long Wavelength VCSELs.

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    Hofmann, Werner; Müller, Michael; Nadtochiy, Alexey; Meltzer, Christian; Mutig, Alex; Böhm, Gerhard; Rosskopf, Jürgen; Bimberg, Dieter; Amann, Markus-Christian; Chang-Hasnain, Connie

    2009-09-28

    1.55-microm vertical cavity surface-emitting low-parasitic lasers show open eyes up to 22-Gb/s modulation speed. Uncooled error-free operation over a wide temperature range up to 85 degrees C under constant bias conditions is demonstrated at 12.5-Gb/s data rate. At these fixed bias conditions the laser characteristics are practically invariant with temperature. These are the highest data-rates reported from a long-wavelength VCSEL structure to date. PMID:19907538

  7. High-speed and scalable high-power VCSEL arrays and their applications

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    Warren, Mial E.; Carson, Richard F.; Joseph, John R.; Wilcox, Thomas; Dacha, Preethi; Abell, David J.; Otis, Kirk J.

    2015-03-01

    A unique architecture for two-dimensional arrays of VCSELs that allow for simultaneous high-power output and highbandwidth modulation has been developed for a variety of applications. The arrays use integrated micro-lenses for beam shaping and control, and to enable incoherent beam combining to make compact, high-brightness sources with low coherence noise. The fabrication and performance of the laser arrays are reviewed and sample applications are discussed.

  8. Controlling cold collisions of polar molecules with external fields

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    Ticknor, Christopher Carl

    2005-11-01

    In this thesis we explore how external fields can be used to control collisions of ultracold polar molecules. First we review the Stark and Zeeman effects for polar molecules and two body multi-channel scattering theory. A general treatment of the Stark effect and dipolar interactions is also presented. We consider cold collisions of OH molecules in the 2pi 3/2 ground state under the influence of a magnetic field. We find that modest fields of several thousand Gauss can act to suppress inelastic collisions of weak-field-seeking states by two orders of magnitude. We attribute this suppression to two factors: (i) an indirect coupling of the entrance and the exit channel, in contrast to the effect of an applied electric field and (ii) the relative shift of the entrance and exit scattering thresholds. In view of these results, magnetic trapping of OH may prove experimentally feasible. We also present first steps toward understanding the ultracold scattering properties of polar molecules in strong electric field-seeking states. We have found that the elastic cross section displays a quasi-regular set of potential resonances as a function of the electric field, which potentially offers intimate details about the intermolecular interaction. We illustrate these resonances using a "toy" model composed of pure dipoles and a more physically realistic system. To analyze these resonances, we use a simple WKB approximation to the eigenphase, which proves both reasonably accurate and meaningful.

  9. Prickle/spiny-legs isoforms control the polarity of the apical microtubule network in planar cell polarity

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    Olofsson, Jessica; Sharp, Katherine A.; Matis, Maja; Cho, Bomsoo; Axelrod, Jeffrey D.

    2014-01-01

    Microtubules (MTs) are substrates upon which plus- and minus-end directed motors control the directional movement of cargos that are essential for generating cell polarity. Although centrosomal MTs are organized with plus-ends away from the MT organizing center, the regulation of non-centrosomal MT polarity is poorly understood. Increasing evidence supports the model that directional information for planar polarization is derived from the alignment of a parallel apical network of MTs and the directional MT-dependent trafficking of downstream signaling components. The Fat/Dachsous/Four-jointed (Ft/Ds/Fj) signaling system contributes to orienting those MTs. In addition to previously defined functions in promoting asymmetric subcellular localization of ‘core’ planar cell polarity (PCP) proteins, we find that alternative Prickle (Pk-Sple) protein isoforms control the polarity of this MT network. This function allows the isoforms of Pk-Sple to differentially determine the direction in which asymmetry is established and therefore, ultimately, the direction of tissue polarity. Oppositely oriented signals that are encoded by oppositely oriented Fj and Ds gradients produce the same polarity outcome in different tissues or compartments, and the tissue-specific activity of alternative Pk-Sple protein isoforms has been observed to rectify the interpretation of opposite upstream directional signals. The control of MT polarity, and thus the directionality of apical vesicle traffic, by Pk-Sple provides a mechanism for this rectification. PMID:25005476

  10. Automated system to control the polarization voltage of silicon detectors

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    Altieri, S.; Fossati, F.; Lanza, A.; Pinelli, T.

    1995-04-01

    A remote controlled system to maintain polarization voltage across a silicon detector within a user defined window is described. The system regulates silicon bias voltage, caused by increased leakage current due to radiation damage, by switching external resistors to maintain a constant voltage drop across the bias load resistor, independent of leakage current. This Z80 microprocessor based system links with the host computer by a RS-232 serial port. The voltage resolution of the system is less than 0.2 V in the worst case.

  11. Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) with nano-aperture VCSELs for 10 Tb/in2 magnetic storage density

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    Hussain, Sajid; Kundu, Shreya; Bhatia, C. S.; Yang, Hyunsoo; Danner, Aaron J.

    2013-03-01

    We have conducted a thorough experimental analysis of nano-aperture VCSELs for use in heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to both explore the impact of magnetic media proximity on VCSEL aperture power throughput and to use statistical methods to simultaneously characterize thousands of aperture designs. To achieve areal recording densities beyond 1 Tb/in2, high anisotropy magnetic materials are required to overcome the super-paramagnetic effect. These require high switching fields which are not conventionally available. Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) is a potential technology to reduce the coercivity of the media and thus the required switching field by localized heating to enable writing of bits. The challenges being faced by this technology are to develop a precise method of delivering light to a very small, sub wavelength bit area with sufficient power through a near field aperture, and the fabrication of a laser source which can be integrated with current write heads used in hard disk drives. The focus of our work is to characterize nano-aperture VCSELs and test their potential application to HAMR. We have fabricated 850 nm VCSELs with large arrays of differently shaped nano-apertures in the gold layer on top of each VCSEL. The focusing and transmission characteristics of differently shaped nano-apertures are compared by simulations and experiments. C-shaped and H-shaped nano-apertures have also been fabricated in a gold layer deposited on a SiO2 substrate to observe the effect of close proximity of magnetic media (FePt) on the performance of nano-apertures, and polarization effects have also been characterized.

  12. 28-Gbps 850-nm oxide VCSEL development and manufacturing progress at Avago

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    Fanning, Thomas R.; Wang, Jingyi; Feng, Zheng-Wen; Keever, Mark; Chu, Chen; Sridhara, Aaditya; Rigo, Cesare; Yaun, Hairong; Sale, Terry; Koh, Gim-Hong; Murty, Ramana; Aboulhouda, Samir; Giovane, Laura

    2014-02-01

    Avago's 850nm VCSELs for applications requiring modulation at 25-28Gbps have been designed for -3dB bandwidths in excess of 19GHz over the extended temperature range of 0-85°C. The DBR mirrors have been optimized to minimize optical losses and thermal and electrical resistance. The active region is designed to provide superior differential gain for high optical bandwidth. In this paper we will describe the design for performance and manufacturability of Avago's high speed 25-28Gbps VCSEL. Analysis of the high-speed modulation characteristics and results of wearout reliability studies will be presented. We will also discuss the manufacturability of this next generation of high performance, reliable lasers. The challenges of epitaxial growth and wafer fabrication along with the associated process control technologies will be described.

  13. Stable polarization self-modulation in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Li, H.; Hohl, A.; Gavrielides, A.; Hou, H.; Choquette, K.D.

    1998-05-01

    The characteristics of polarization self-modulation in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) were studied for frequencies up to {approx}9 GHz both experimentally and theoretically. Polarization self-modulation was obtained by rotating the linearly polarized output of the VCSEL by 90{degree} and reinjecting it into the laser. Experimentally we simultaneously recorded time traces, optical and radio-frequency spectra. We found for increasing modulation frequencies that the output characteristics changed from square-wave to sinusoidal and the VCSEL system assumed new polarization eigenstates that are different from the free-running VCSEL eigenstates. We modeled polarization self-modulation as an interband process and found a good qualitative agreement between our experimental and numerical results. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. Widely tunable telecom MEMS-VCSEL for terahertz photomixing.

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    Haidar, Mohammad Tanvir; Preu, Sascha; Paul, Sujoy; Gierl, Christian; Cesar, Julijan; Emsia, Ali; Küppers, Franko

    2015-10-01

    We report frequency-tunable terahertz (THz) generation with a photomixer driven by an ultra-broadband tunable micro-electro-mechanical system vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (MEMS-VCSEL) and a fixed-wavelength VCSEL, as well as a tunable MEMS-VCSEL mixed with a distributed feedback (DFB) diode. A total frequency span of 3.4 THz is covered in direct detection mode and 3.23 THz in the homodyne mode. The tuning range is solely limited by the dynamic range of the photomixers and the Schottky diode/photoconductor used in the experiment. PMID:26421548

  15. Athermal and widely tunable VCSEL with bimorph micromachined mirror.

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    Nakahama, Masanori; Sakaguchi, Takahiro; Matustani, Akihiro; Koyama, Fumio

    2014-09-01

    We demonstrate an athermal and electrostatically-tunable 850 nm-band MEMS VCSEL for the first time. The thermal wavelength drift is compensated by the thermal actuation of a cantilever-suspended mirror with a bimorph effect. At the same time, the resonant wavelength can be continuously tuned by electro-static force as a voltage is applied in the cantilever structure. A continuous wavelength tuning of 10 nm is obtained with a low thermal wavelength drift, which is 10 times smaller than that of conventional VCSELs. Our athermal and tunable VCSELs enable us to reduce the channel spacing in course wavelength division multiplexing optical interconnects even under uncooled operations. PMID:25321525

  16. Polarization control of absorption of virtual dressed states in helium

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    Reduzzi, Maurizio; Hummert, Johan; Dubrouil, Antoine; Calegari, Francesca; Nisoli, Mauro; Frassetto, Fabio; Poletto, Luca; Chen, Shaohao; Wu, Mengxi; Gaarde, Mette B.; Schafer, Kenneth; Sansone, Giuseppe

    2015-09-01

    The extreme ultraviolet absorption spectrum of an atom is strongly modified in the presence of a synchronized intense infrared field. In this work we demonstrate control of the absorption properties of helium atoms dressed by an infrared pulse by changing the relative polarization of the infrared and extreme ultraviolet fields. Light-induced features associated with the dressed 1 s 2 s , 1 s 3 s , and 1 s 3 d states, referred to as 2 s+ , 3 s± , and 3 d± light-induced states, are shown to be strongly modified or even eliminated when the relative polarization is rotated. The experimental results agree well with calculations based on the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation using a restricted excitation model that allows efficient treatment of the three-dimensional problem. We also present an analysis of the light-induced states based on Floquet theory, which allows for a simple explanation of their properties. Our results open a new route to creating controllable superpositions of dipole allowed and nondipole allowed states in atoms and molecules.

  17. Control of polarized assembly of actin filaments in cell motility.

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    Carlier, Marie-France; Pernier, Julien; Montaville, Pierre; Shekhar, Shashank; Kühn, Sonja

    2015-08-01

    Actin cytoskeleton remodeling, which drives changes in cell shape and motility, is orchestrated by a coordinated control of polarized assembly of actin filaments. Signal responsive, membrane-bound protein machineries initiate and regulate polarized growth of actin filaments by mediating transient links with their barbed ends, which elongate from polymerizable actin monomers. The barbed end of an actin filament thus stands out as a hotspot of regulation of filament assembly. It is the target of both soluble and membrane-bound agonists as well as antagonists of filament assembly. Here, we review the molecular mechanisms by which various regulators of actin dynamics bind, synergize or compete at filament barbed ends. Two proteins can compete for the barbed end via a mutually exclusive binding scheme. Alternatively, two regulators acting individually at barbed ends may be bound together transiently to terminal actin subunits at barbed ends, leading to the displacement of one by the other. The kinetics of these reactions is a key in understanding how filament length and membrane-filament linkage are controlled. It is also essential for understanding how force is produced to shape membranes by mechano-sensitive, processive barbed end tracking machineries like formins and by WASP-Arp2/3 branched filament arrays. A combination of biochemical and biophysical approaches, including bulk solution assembly measurements using pyrenyl-actin fluorescence, single filament dynamics, single molecule fluorescence imaging and reconstituted self-organized filament assemblies, have provided mechanistic insight into the role of actin polymerization in motile processes. PMID:25948416

  18. Orientation detection of a single molecule using pupil filter with electrically controllable polarization pattern

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    Hashimoto, Mamoru; Yoshiki, Keisuke; Kurihara, Makoto; Hashimoto, Nobuyuki; Araki, Tsutomu

    2015-12-01

    We have developed a system for measuring the orientation of single molecules using a conventional wide-field fluorescence microscope with a polarization filter consisting of a polarizer and a compact polarization mode converter. The polarization filter electrically controls the pattern of polarization filtering. Since the polarization of the fluorescence from a single molecule highly depends on the angle between the observation direction and the molecular direction, polarization pattern filtering at the pupil plane of the objective lens allows the orientation of a single molecule to be visualized. Using this system, we demonstrated the orientation detection of single molecules.

  19. Polarization-independent silicon metadevices for efficient optical wavefront control

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    Chong, Katie E.; Staude, Isabelle; James, Anthony Randolph; Dominguez, Jason James; Liu, Sheng; Campione, Salvatore; Subramania, Ganapathi Subramanian; Luk, Ting S.; Decker, Manuel; Neshev, Dragomir N.; Brener, Igal; Kivshar, Yuri S.

    2015-07-20

    In this study, we experimentally demonstrate a functional silicon metadevice at telecom wavelengths that can efficiently control the wavefront of optical beams by imprinting a spatially varying transmittance phase independent of the polarization of the incident beam. Near-unity transmittance efficiency and close to 0–2π phase coverage are enabled by utilizing the localized electric and magnetic Mie-type resonances of low-loss silicon nanoparticles tailored to behave as electromagnetically dual-symmetric scatterers. We apply this concept to realize a metadevice that converts a Gaussian beam into a vortex beam. The required spatial distribution of transmittance phases is achieved by a variation of the lattice spacing as a single geometric control parameter.

  20. Wink-controlled polarization-switched telescopic contact lenses.

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    Schuster, Glenn M; Arianpour, Ashkan; Cookson, Scott; Zhang, Arthur; Hendrik, Lee; O'Brien, Tyrone; Alvarez, Agusto; Ford, Joseph E

    2015-11-10

    We describe a wink-controlled hands-free switching system for eye-borne telescopic vision, based on a previously tested fixed-magnification telescope embedded within scleral contact lenses. Here we integrate orthogonal polarizers into the contact lens covering the F/9.1 refractive 1× and F/9.6 catadioptric 2.8× vision paths, to allow switching via external liquid crystal shutters. We provide hands-free control by an infrared wink/blink monitor, using passive retroreflectors embedded within the contact lenses. We demonstrate system operation of the self-contained switching eyewear and the modified contact lenses with a life-size human eye model with mechanical "eyelids." PMID:26560792

  1. Polarization-controlled directional scattering for nanoscopic position sensing

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    Neugebauer, Martin; Woźniak, Paweł; Bag, Ankan; Leuchs, Gerd; Banzer, Peter

    2016-04-01

    Controlling the propagation and coupling of light to sub-wavelength antennas is a crucial prerequisite for many nanoscale optical devices. Recently, the main focus of attention has been directed towards high-refractive-index materials such as silicon as an integral part of the antenna design. This development is motivated by the rich spectral properties of individual high-refractive-index nanoparticles. Here we take advantage of the interference of their magnetic and electric resonances to achieve strong lateral directionality. For controlled excitation of a spherical silicon nanoantenna, we use tightly focused radially polarized light. The resultant directional emission depends on the antenna's position relative to the focus. This approach finds application as a novel position sensing technique, which might be implemented in modern nanometrology and super-resolution microscopy set-ups. We demonstrate in a proof-of-concept experiment that a lateral resolution in the Ångström regime can be achieved.

  2. Polarization-independent silicon metadevices for efficient optical wavefront control

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    Chong, Katie E.; Staude, Isabelle; James, Anthony Randolph; Dominguez, Jason James; Liu, Sheng; Campione, Salvatore; Subramania, Ganapathi Subramanian; Luk, Ting S.; Decker, Manuel; Neshev, Dragomir N.; et al

    2015-07-20

    In this study, we experimentally demonstrate a functional silicon metadevice at telecom wavelengths that can efficiently control the wavefront of optical beams by imprinting a spatially varying transmittance phase independent of the polarization of the incident beam. Near-unity transmittance efficiency and close to 0–2π phase coverage are enabled by utilizing the localized electric and magnetic Mie-type resonances of low-loss silicon nanoparticles tailored to behave as electromagnetically dual-symmetric scatterers. We apply this concept to realize a metadevice that converts a Gaussian beam into a vortex beam. The required spatial distribution of transmittance phases is achieved by a variation of the latticemore » spacing as a single geometric control parameter.« less

  3. Planar cell polarity genes control the connectivity of enteric neurons

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    Sasselli, Valentina; Boesmans, Werend; Vanden Berghe, Pieter; Tissir, Fadel; Goffinet, André M.; Pachnis, Vassilis

    2013-01-01

    A highly complex network of intrinsic enteric neurons is required for the digestive and homeostatic functions of the gut. Nevertheless, the genetic and molecular mechanisms that regulate their assembly into functional neuronal circuits are currently unknown. Here we report that the planar cell polarity (PCP) genes Celsr3 and Fzd3 are required during murine embryogenesis to specifically control the guidance and growth of enteric neuronal projections relative to the longitudinal and radial gut axes. Ablation of these genes disrupts the normal organization of nascent neuronal projections, leading to subtle changes of axonal tract configuration in the mature enteric nervous system (ENS), but profound abnormalities in gastrointestinal motility. Our data argue that PCP-dependent modules of connectivity established at early stages of enteric neurogenesis control gastrointestinal function in adult animals and provide the first evidence that developmental deficits in ENS wiring may contribute to the pathogenesis of idiopathic bowel disorders. PMID:23478408

  4. Polarization-controlled directional scattering for nanoscopic position sensing

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    Neugebauer, Martin; Woźniak, Paweł; Bag, Ankan; Leuchs, Gerd; Banzer, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Controlling the propagation and coupling of light to sub-wavelength antennas is a crucial prerequisite for many nanoscale optical devices. Recently, the main focus of attention has been directed towards high-refractive-index materials such as silicon as an integral part of the antenna design. This development is motivated by the rich spectral properties of individual high-refractive-index nanoparticles. Here we take advantage of the interference of their magnetic and electric resonances to achieve strong lateral directionality. For controlled excitation of a spherical silicon nanoantenna, we use tightly focused radially polarized light. The resultant directional emission depends on the antenna's position relative to the focus. This approach finds application as a novel position sensing technique, which might be implemented in modern nanometrology and super-resolution microscopy set-ups. We demonstrate in a proof-of-concept experiment that a lateral resolution in the Ångström regime can be achieved. PMID:27095171

  5. Polarization-controlled directional scattering for nanoscopic position sensing.

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    Neugebauer, Martin; Woźniak, Paweł; Bag, Ankan; Leuchs, Gerd; Banzer, Peter

    2016-01-01

    Controlling the propagation and coupling of light to sub-wavelength antennas is a crucial prerequisite for many nanoscale optical devices. Recently, the main focus of attention has been directed towards high-refractive-index materials such as silicon as an integral part of the antenna design. This development is motivated by the rich spectral properties of individual high-refractive-index nanoparticles. Here we take advantage of the interference of their magnetic and electric resonances to achieve strong lateral directionality. For controlled excitation of a spherical silicon nanoantenna, we use tightly focused radially polarized light. The resultant directional emission depends on the antenna's position relative to the focus. This approach finds application as a novel position sensing technique, which might be implemented in modern nanometrology and super-resolution microscopy set-ups. We demonstrate in a proof-of-concept experiment that a lateral resolution in the Ångström regime can be achieved. PMID:27095171

  6. attitude control design for the solar polar orbit radio telesope

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    Gao, D.; Zheng, J.

    This paper studies the attitude dynamics and control of the Solar Polar Orbit Radio Telescope SPORT The SPORT which consists of one parent satellite and eight tethered satellites runs around the Sun in a polar orbit The parent satellite locates at the mass center of the constellation and tethered satellites which are tied with the parent satellite through a non-electric rope rotate around the parent satellite It is also supposed that the parent satellite and all tethered satellites are in a plane when the constellation works begin figure htbp centerline includegraphics width 3 85in height 2 38in 75271331 6a6eb71057 doc1 eps label fig1 end figure Fig 1 the SPORT constellation Firstly this paper gives the dynamic equations of the tethered satellite and the parent satellite From the dynamic characteristic of the tethered satellite we then find that the roll axis is coupled with the yaw axis The control torque of the roll axis can control the yaw angle But the control torque of the roll axis and pitch axis provided by the tether is very small it can not meet the accuracy requirement of the yaw angle In order to improve the attitude pointing accuracy of the tethered satellite a gradient pole is set in the negative orientation of the yaw axis The gradient pole can improve not only the attitude accuracy of roll angle and pitch angle but also that of the yaw angle indirectly As to the dynamic characteristic of the parent satellite the roll axis is coupled with the pitch axis due to the spinning angular velocity At the same

  7. Mode partition noise characterization of 25 Gb/s VCSELs

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    Murty, M. V. Ramana; Cunningham, David; Giovane, Laura; Wang, Jingyi; Feng, Zheng-Wen; Fanning, Thomas R.

    2015-03-01

    Mode partition noise (MPN) can become the dominant limitation in 850 nm VCSEL-based multi-mode fiber (MMF) links at high data rates. Fluctuations in the partition of energy between the transverse modes of the VCSEL combined with the chromatic dispersion in the fiber leads to intensity noise at the receiver. The impact of MPN on non-equalized and equalized links has been studied with a numerical model of the VCSEL and MMF. The MPN in 25 Gb/s VCSELs has been investigated by examining noise in individual mode groups isolated using a thin film Fabry-Perot filter. The measured k factor below 0.15 should enable links significantly longer than 100 m at 25 Gb/s and higher data rates.

  8. 90-degree docking error control in polarization maintaining fiber resonator based on white-light interferometry

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    Lin, Huizu; Yao, Qiong; Hu, Yongming

    2010-08-01

    Polarization fluctuation caused by polarization coupling in polarization maintaining fiber (PMF) resonator is one of the major noise sources in resonant fiber optic gyroscope. Polarization axis 90-degree docking is an effective way to overcome the polarization fluctuation, but the 90-degree docking error has a major affect to the gyroscope noise suppression effect. In this paper, a fiber Michelson interferometer testing system of polarization coupling in doublecoupler polarization maintaining fiber resonator based on white-light interferometer is designed to realize 90-degree docking error control and obtain a good result of 0.37 degree experimental docking error. Then the detection method of sawtooth scanning is used to analyze the resonance characteristics and polarization characteristics of double-coupler polarization maintaining fiber resonator experimentally and obtains the response curve with 24 finesse and 179.65 degree phase interval of the two polarization eigenstates.

  9. Design and analysis of VCSEL based twodimension wavelength converter.

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    Liu, H; Shum, P; Kao, M

    2003-07-14

    A novel two-dimensional vertical cavity surface emission laser (VCSEL) based wavelength converter is proposed. We developed a twodimensional transmission line laser model (TLLM) to analyze the proposed wavelength converter. This model takes into account Bragg reflectors by using the modified connecting matrix. Therefore, accurate and efficient modeling of the VCSEL structure is achieved. Extinction ratio of the output signal is investigated by considering input signal power, wavelength, facet reflectivity and cavity diameter. PMID:19466044

  10. The next generation of high speed VCSELs at Finisar

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    Graham, Luke A.; Chen, Hao; Gazula, Deepa; Gray, Timo; Guenter, James K.; Hawkins, Bobby; Johnson, Ralph; Kocot, Chris; MacInnes, Andrew N.; Landry, Gary D.; Tatum, Jim A.

    2012-03-01

    Commercial demand for optical transceivers operating at 14Gbps is now a reality. It is further expected that communications standards utilizing 850nm VCSELs at speeds up to 28Gbps will be ratified in the near future. We report on the development and productization of 850nm VCSELs for several applications, including high speed (both 14Gbps and 28Gbps) operation to support the continued fulfillment of data communication demand.

  11. Doubling direct-detection data rate by polarization multiplexing of 16-QAM without active polarization control.

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    Nazarathy, Moshe; Agmon, Amos

    2013-12-30

    We introduce and simulate a technique enabling to utilize the polarization dimension in direct-detection optical transmission, supporting polarization multiplexing (POL-MUX) over direct-detection (DD) methods previously demonstrated for a single polarization such as direct-detection OFDM. POL-MUX is currently precluded in self-coherent DD with remotely transmitted pilot, as signal x pilot components may randomly fade out. We propose POL-MUX transmission of advanced modulation formats, such as 16-QAM and higher, by means of a novel low-complexity photonic integrated optical front-end and adaptive 3x2 MIMO DSP. The principle of operation is as follows: an additional X x Y cross-polarizations signal is generated, providing three projections onto an over-complete frame of three dependent vectors. This enables to resiliently reconstruct the received state of polarization even when the remotely transmitted pilot fades along one of the received polarization axes. PMID:24514795

  12. Spectrally resolved imaging of the transverse modes in multimode VCSELs

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    Misak, Stephen M.; Dugmore, Dan G.; Middleton, Kirsten A.; Hale, Evan R.; Farner, Kelly R.; Choquette, Kent D.; Leisher, Paul O.

    2015-03-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) enable a range of applications such as data transmission, trace sensing, atomic clocks, and optical mice. For many of these applications, the output power and beam quality are both critical (i.e. high output power with good beam quality is desired). Multi-mode VCSELs offer much higher power than single-mode devices, but this comes at the expense of lower beam quality. Directly observing the resolved mode structure of multi-mode VCSELs would enable engineers to better understand the underlying physics and help them to develop multi-mode devices with improved beam quality. In this work, a low-cost, high-resolution (<3 pm) Echelle grating spectrometer system is used to map the two-dimensional VCSEL near-field emission profile. The system spectrally disperses the VCSEL beam and images it with high magnification onto a CMOS camera. The narrow spectral content of each LP mode allows direct observation of the modal content of the VCSEL.

  13. Control of the polarization of attosecond pulses using a two-color field

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    Ruiz, Camilo; Hoffmann, David J.; Torres, Ricardo; Chipperfield, Luke E.; Marangos, Jonathan P.

    2009-11-01

    Control over the polarization of an attosecond pulse train (APT) is demonstrated theoretically using orthogonally polarized two-color fields. The carrier envelope phase of the two pulses is used as a control parameter to generate both an APT with linear polarization in two nearly perpendicular planes or a train of elliptically polarized pulses of alternating helicity. By using few-cycle driving laser fields an isolated attosecond pulse with elliptical polarization is shown to be generated after selecting the cut-off region of the harmonic spectrum. The control mechanism is explained in terms of classical trajectories.

  14. Temperature stable mid-infrared GaInAsSb/GaSb Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs)

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    Ikyo, A. B.; Marko, I. P.; Hild, K.; Adams, A. R.; Arafin, S.; Amann, M.-C.; Sweeney, S. J.

    2016-01-01

    GaInAsSb/GaSb based quantum well vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) operating in mid-infrared spectral range between 2 and 3 micrometres are of great importance for low cost gas monitoring applications. This paper discusses the efficiency and temperature sensitivity of the VCSELs emitting at 2.6 μm and the processes that must be controlled to provide temperature stable operation. We show that non-radiative Auger recombination dominates the threshold current and limits the device performance at room temperature. Critically, we demonstrate that the combined influence of non-radiative recombination and gain peak – cavity mode de-tuning determines the overall temperature sensitivity of the VCSELs. The results show that improved temperature stable operation around room temperature can only be achieved with a larger gain peak – cavity mode de-tuning, offsetting the significant effect of increasing non-radiative recombination with increasing temperature, a physical effect which must be accounted for in mid-infrared VCSEL design. PMID:26781492

  15. Temperature stable mid-infrared GaInAsSb/GaSb Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs).

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    Ikyo, A B; Marko, I P; Hild, K; Adams, A R; Arafin, S; Amann, M-C; Sweeney, S J

    2016-01-01

    GaInAsSb/GaSb based quantum well vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) operating in mid-infrared spectral range between 2 and 3 micrometres are of great importance for low cost gas monitoring applications. This paper discusses the efficiency and temperature sensitivity of the VCSELs emitting at 2.6 μm and the processes that must be controlled to provide temperature stable operation. We show that non-radiative Auger recombination dominates the threshold current and limits the device performance at room temperature. Critically, we demonstrate that the combined influence of non-radiative recombination and gain peak - cavity mode de-tuning determines the overall temperature sensitivity of the VCSELs. The results show that improved temperature stable operation around room temperature can only be achieved with a larger gain peak - cavity mode de-tuning, offsetting the significant effect of increasing non-radiative recombination with increasing temperature, a physical effect which must be accounted for in mid-infrared VCSEL design. PMID:26781492

  16. Temperature stable mid-infrared GaInAsSb/GaSb Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs)

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    Ikyo, A. B.; Marko, I. P.; Hild, K.; Adams, A. R.; Arafin, S.; Amann, M.-C.; Sweeney, S. J.

    2016-01-01

    GaInAsSb/GaSb based quantum well vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) operating in mid-infrared spectral range between 2 and 3 micrometres are of great importance for low cost gas monitoring applications. This paper discusses the efficiency and temperature sensitivity of the VCSELs emitting at 2.6 μm and the processes that must be controlled to provide temperature stable operation. We show that non-radiative Auger recombination dominates the threshold current and limits the device performance at room temperature. Critically, we demonstrate that the combined influence of non-radiative recombination and gain peak - cavity mode de-tuning determines the overall temperature sensitivity of the VCSELs. The results show that improved temperature stable operation around room temperature can only be achieved with a larger gain peak - cavity mode de-tuning, offsetting the significant effect of increasing non-radiative recombination with increasing temperature, a physical effect which must be accounted for in mid-infrared VCSEL design.

  17. Exploring the influence of boundary shapes on emission angular distributions and polarization states of broad-area vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

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    Yu, Y T; Tuan, P H; Huang, K F; Chen, Y F

    2014-11-01

    We design the stadium-shaped and rectangular vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) to investigate the influence of boundary shapes on the emission angular distributions and polarization states. For the stadium-shaped VCSELs, the emission angular distribution prefers to be almost omnidirectional because the lasing mode with purely scarred structure is seldom to be excited. On the contrary, the rectangular VCSELs usually generate dominant lasing modes with the morphology of quasi-periodic linear ridges, which can make emission angular distribution to be concentrated on the certain direction. From the polarization-resolved light-current curves, the stadium-shaped VCSEL is quite prone to exhibit numerous abrupt changes (kinks) associated with polarization switching with increasing current, whereas for rectangular VCSEL there is no conspicuous kink to be seen during a wide range of current changing from near to far above lasing threshold. PMID:25401843

  18. Polarizer-free liquid crystal display with double microlens array layers and polarization-controlling liquid crystal layer.

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    Lee, You-Jin; Yu, Chang-Jae; Kim, Jae-Hoon

    2015-10-19

    We propose a polarizer-free liquid crystal display (LCD) consisting of two microlens array (MLA) layers, a twisted nematic (TN) LC layer, and two light-blocking masks. By changing the polarization state, focal length of the LCD can be controlled. Since two light-blocking masks have a circular stop pattern and a complementary open pattern, entire gray-scale spectrum may be realized by controlling the intensity of light passing through masks. Ultimately, fast response time characteristics could be achieved due to the alignment of LC molecules on the flat MLA surface. PMID:26480423

  19. Actin nucleation at the centrosome controls lymphocyte polarity.

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    Obino, Dorian; Farina, Francesca; Malbec, Odile; Sáez, Pablo J; Maurin, Mathieu; Gaillard, Jérémie; Dingli, Florent; Loew, Damarys; Gautreau, Alexis; Yuseff, Maria-Isabel; Blanchoin, Laurent; Théry, Manuel; Lennon-Duménil, Ana-Maria

    2016-01-01

    Cell polarity is required for the functional specialization of many cell types including lymphocytes. A hallmark of cell polarity is the reorientation of the centrosome that allows repositioning of organelles and vesicles in an asymmetric fashion. The mechanisms underlying centrosome polarization are not fully understood. Here we found that in resting lymphocytes, centrosome-associated Arp2/3 locally nucleates F-actin, which is needed for centrosome tethering to the nucleus via the LINC complex. Upon lymphocyte activation, Arp2/3 is partially depleted from the centrosome as a result of its recruitment to the immune synapse. This leads to a reduction in F-actin nucleation at the centrosome and thereby allows its detachment from the nucleus and polarization to the synapse. Therefore, F-actin nucleation at the centrosome-regulated by the availability of the Arp2/3 complex-determines its capacity to polarize in response to external stimuli. PMID:26987298

  20. Actin nucleation at the centrosome controls lymphocyte polarity

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    Obino, Dorian; Farina, Francesca; Malbec, Odile; Sáez, Pablo J.; Maurin, Mathieu; Gaillard, Jérémie; Dingli, Florent; Loew, Damarys; Gautreau, Alexis; Yuseff, Maria-Isabel; Blanchoin, Laurent; Théry, Manuel; Lennon-Duménil, Ana-Maria

    2016-01-01

    Cell polarity is required for the functional specialization of many cell types including lymphocytes. A hallmark of cell polarity is the reorientation of the centrosome that allows repositioning of organelles and vesicles in an asymmetric fashion. The mechanisms underlying centrosome polarization are not fully understood. Here we found that in resting lymphocytes, centrosome-associated Arp2/3 locally nucleates F-actin, which is needed for centrosome tethering to the nucleus via the LINC complex. Upon lymphocyte activation, Arp2/3 is partially depleted from the centrosome as a result of its recruitment to the immune synapse. This leads to a reduction in F-actin nucleation at the centrosome and thereby allows its detachment from the nucleus and polarization to the synapse. Therefore, F-actin nucleation at the centrosome—regulated by the availability of the Arp2/3 complex—determines its capacity to polarize in response to external stimuli. PMID:26987298

  1. Micro-optics on VCSELs using NIR photopolymers

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    Bardinal, V.; Reig, B.; Camps, T.; Barat, D.; Daran, E.; Doucet, J. B.; Turck, C.; Malval, J. P.; Lougnot, D. J.; Soppera, O.

    2010-05-01

    Laser beam shaping is a key issue for the photonic integration of VCSEL sources. Most of the techniques proposed to integrate micro-optics elements onto VCSEL devices imply either a hybrid assembly or a photolithography step, whose precision limits the accuracy of lens alignment relatively to the VCSEL source. We present here a new method for self-fabrication of microtips on Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) by means of Near Infra- Red (NIR) photo-polymerization. This approach is based on a single fabrication step, implementing novel photopolymers sensitive at the lasing wavelength. Consequently the process is triggered by the laser source itself and can be applied easily to VCSEL devices during their electro-optic characterization. The method we have developed for tips fabrication is detailed as well as corresponding optical properties. The applications of this new and simple method concern laser light focusing and collimation for integrated micro-systems, coupling to fibers for optical communications as well as novel micro-probes fabrication for near-field optical microscopy.

  2. Prickle isoforms control the direction of tissue polarity by microtubule independent and dependent mechanisms

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    Sharp, Katherine A.; Axelrod, Jeffrey D.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Planar cell polarity signaling directs the polarization of cells within the plane of many epithelia. While these tissues exhibit asymmetric localization of a set of core module proteins, in Drosophila, more than one mechanism links the direction of core module polarization to the tissue axes. One signaling system establishes a polarity bias in the parallel, apical microtubules upon which vesicles containing core proteins traffic. Swapping expression of the differentially expressed Prickle isoforms, Prickle and Spiny-legs, reverses the direction of core module polarization. Studies in the proximal wing and the anterior abdomen indicated that this results from their differential control of microtubule polarity. Prickle and Spiny-legs also control the direction of polarization in the distal wing (D-wing) and the posterior abdomen (P-abd). We report here that this occurs without affecting microtubule polarity in these tissues. The direction of polarity in the D-wing is therefore likely determined by a novel mechanism independent of microtubule polarity. In the P-abd, Prickle and Spiny-legs interpret at least two directional cues through a microtubule-polarity-independent mechanism. PMID:26863941

  3. Prickle isoforms control the direction of tissue polarity by microtubule independent and dependent mechanisms.

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    Sharp, Katherine A; Axelrod, Jeffrey D

    2016-01-01

    Planar cell polarity signaling directs the polarization of cells within the plane of many epithelia. While these tissues exhibit asymmetric localization of a set of core module proteins, in Drosophila, more than one mechanism links the direction of core module polarization to the tissue axes. One signaling system establishes a polarity bias in the parallel, apical microtubules upon which vesicles containing core proteins traffic. Swapping expression of the differentially expressed Prickle isoforms, Prickle and Spiny-legs, reverses the direction of core module polarization. Studies in the proximal wing and the anterior abdomen indicated that this results from their differential control of microtubule polarity. Prickle and Spiny-legs also control the direction of polarization in the distal wing (D-wing) and the posterior abdomen (P-abd). We report here that this occurs without affecting microtubule polarity in these tissues. The direction of polarity in the D-wing is therefore likely determined by a novel mechanism independent of microtubule polarity. In the P-abd, Prickle and Spiny-legs interpret at least two directional cues through a microtubule-polarity-independent mechanism. PMID:26863941

  4. Red light VCSEL for high-temperature applications

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    Jetter, Michael; Rossbach, Robert; Butendeich, Rainer; Scholz, Ferdinand; Ballmann, Tabitha; Schweizer, Heinz C.

    2004-12-01

    This contribution drafts the problems of the AlGaInP material system and its consequences for the laser applications in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL). The epitaxial and technological solutions to overcome at least parts of the inherent problems were discussed. Calculated data by a cylindrical heat dissipation model were compared with measured power-current curves of 660nm oxide-confined VCSEL to improve the heat removal out of the device. At high temperatures pulsed operation of a 670nm VCSEL is demonstrated, where we could exceeded 0.5mW at +120°C and at +160°C still 25µW optical output power were achieved.

  5. Comparison of fabrication approaches for selectively oxidized VCSEL arrays

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    GEIB,KENT M.; CHOQUETTE,KENT D.; ALLERMAN,ANDREW A.; BRIGGS,RONALD D.; HINDI,JANA JO

    2000-04-18

    The impressive performance improvements of laterally oxidized VCSELs come at the expense of increased fabrication complexity for 2-dimensional arrays. Since the epitaxial layers to be wet-thermally oxidized must be exposed, non-planarity can be an issue. This is particularly important in that electrical contact to both the anode and cathode of the diode must be brought out to a package. They have investigated four fabrication sequences suitable for the fabrication of 2-dimensional VCSEL arrays. These techniques include: mesa etched polymer planarized, mesa etched bridge contacted, mesa etched oxide isolated (where the electrical trace is isolated from the substrate during the oxidation) and oxide/implant isolation (oxidation through small via holes) all of which result in VCSELs with outstanding performance. The suitability of these processes for manufacturing are assessed relative to oxidation uniformity, device capacitance, and structural ruggedness for packaging.

  6. Silicon-integrated short-wavelength hybrid-cavity VCSEL.

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    Haglund, Emanuel P; Kumari, Sulakshna; Westbergh, Petter; Gustavsson, Johan S; Roelkens, Gunther; Baets, Roel; Larsson, Anders

    2015-12-28

    We demonstrate a short-wavelength hybrid-cavity vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) heterogeneously integrated on silicon. A GaAs-based "half-VCSEL" has been attached to a dielectric distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) on a silicon wafer using ultra-thin divinylsiloxane-bis-benzocyclobutene (DVS-BCB) adhesive bonding, thereby creating a cavity with the standing-wave optical field extending over the silicon- and GaAs-based parts of the cavity. A 9 µm oxide aperture diameter VCSEL with a threshold current of 1.2 mA produces 1.6 mW optical output power at 6.0 mA bias current with a wavelength of ~845 nm. PMID:26832027

  7. Temperature characteristic of 808nm VCSELs with large aperture

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    Feng, Yuan; Feng, Dawei; Hao, Yongqin; Wang, Yong; Yan, Changling; Lu, Peng; Li, Yang

    2015-03-01

    In order to study the output characteristics of 808nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser(VCSEL) with large aperture at different temperature, 808nm VCSEL with 500μm emitting diameter are fabricated with Reticular Electrode Structure(RES). Lasing wavelength, optical power and the threshold current are measured by changing the temperature of heat sink. And an output power of 0.42W is achieved at 1.3A at room temperature under continuous wave operation. The central wavelength is 803.32nm, and the full width at half maximum is 0.16nm, the temperature shift is 0.06nm/°, the thermal resistance is 0.098°/mW. The testing results show that 808nm VCSEL with large aperture is good temperature characteristic.

  8. Solar illumination control of ionospheric outflow above polar cap arcs

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    Maes, L.; Maggiolo, R.; De Keyser, J.; Dandouras, I.; Fear, R. C.; Fontaine, D.; Haaland, S.

    2015-03-01

    We measure the flux density, composition, and energy of outflowing ions above the polar cap, accelerated by quasi-static electric fields parallel to the magnetic field and associated with polar cap arcs, using Cluster. Mapping the spacecraft position to its ionospheric foot point, we analyze the dependence of these parameters on the solar zenith angle (SZA). We find a clear transition at SZA between 94 and 107, with the O+ flux higher above the sunlit ionosphere. This dependence on the illumination of the local ionosphere indicates that significant O+ upflow occurs locally above the polar ionosphere. The same is found for H+, but to a lesser extent. This effect can result in a seasonal variation of the total ion upflow from the polar ionosphere. Furthermore, we show that low-magnitude field-aligned potential drops are preferentially observed above the sunlit ionosphere, suggesting a feedback effect of ionospheric conductivity.

  9. A computer-controlled rotating polarizer stage for the petrographic microscope

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    Fueten, Frank

    1997-03-01

    The computer-controlled polarizing stage replaces the polarizer and analyzer of the standard petrographic microscope for image-processing applications. The stage allows a thin section to remain fixed while the polarizing filters are rotated by stepper motors. This has the advantage that a point within a grain in the field-of-view remains registered to the same pixel at all positions of the polarizers, greatly simplifying the computational requirements. The independent rotations of the polarizer and analyzer are controlled by two stepper motors. The analyzer is mounted on an upper assembly which can be rotated in and out of the light path by a third stepper motor. The upper assembly also contains a neutral density filter for plane-polarized light observation and a fixed polarizing filter, used to set the rotating polarizing filters to a known orientation. All stepper motors, and hence all stage functions, are controlled by a simple command language through a microcontroller that communicates via a serial port to a computer with a video-capture board. The ability to keep the sample stationary while changing the polarization direction of the polarizing filters permits the collection of data which could not be obtained from any single image. The stage greatly improves the potential uses of the petrographic microscope in geological image-processing applications.

  10. Kif26b controls endothelial cell polarity through the Dishevelled/Daam1-dependent planar cell polarity-signaling pathway.

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    Guillabert-Gourgues, Aude; Jaspard-Vinassa, Beatrice; Bats, Marie-Lise; Sewduth, Raj N; Franzl, Nathalie; Peghaire, Claire; Jeanningros, Sylvie; Moreau, Catherine; Roux, Etienne; Larrieu-Lahargue, Frederic; Dufourcq, Pascale; Couffinhal, Thierry; Duplàa, Cecile

    2016-03-15

    Angiogenesis involves the coordinated growth and migration of endothelial cells (ECs) toward a proangiogenic signal. The Wnt planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway, through the recruitment of Dishevelled (Dvl) and Dvl-associated activator of morphogenesis (Daam1), has been proposed to regulate cell actin cytoskeleton and microtubule (MT) reorganization for oriented cell migration. Here we report that Kif26b-a kinesin-and Daam1 cooperatively regulate initiation of EC sprouting and directional migration via MT reorganization. First, we find that Kif26b is recruited within the Dvl3/Daam1 complex. Using a three-dimensional in vitro angiogenesis assay, we show that Kif26b and Daam1 depletion impairs tip cell polarization and destabilizes extended vascular processes. Kif26b depletion specifically alters EC directional migration and mislocalized MT organizing center (MTOC)/Golgi and myosin IIB cell rear enrichment. Therefore the cell fails to establish a proper front-rear polarity. Of interest, Kif26b ectopic expression rescues the siDaam1 polarization defect phenotype. Finally, we show that Kif26b functions in MT stabilization, which is indispensable for asymmetrical cell structure reorganization. These data demonstrate that Kif26b, together with Dvl3/Daam1, initiates cell polarity through the control of PCP signaling pathway-dependent activation. PMID:26792835

  11. Laser polarization and phase control of up-conversion fluorescence in rare-earth ions

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    Yao, Yunhua; Zhang, Shian; Zhang, Hui; Ding, Jingxin; Jia, Tianqing; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Zhenrong

    2014-01-01

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the up-conversion fluorescence control via resonance-mediated two-photon absorption in rare-earth ions by varying both the laser polarization and phase. We show that both the laser polarization and phase can control the up-conversion fluorescence, and the up-conversion fluorescence intensity is decreased when the laser polarization changes from linear through elliptical to circular. We also show that the laser polarization will affect the control efficiency of the up-conversion fluorescence by varying the laser phase, and the circular polarization will reduce the control efficiency. Furthermore, we suggest that the control efficiency by varying the laser polarization and the effect of the laser polarization on the control efficiency by varying the laser phase can be artificially manipulated by controlling the laser spectral bandwidth. This optical control method opens a new opportunity to control the up-conversion fluorescence of rare-earth ions, which may have significant impact on the related applications of rare-earth ions. PMID:25465401

  12. High-power VCSEL arrays for consumer electronics

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    Graham, Luke A.; Chen, Hao; Cruel, Jonathan; Guenter, James; Hawkins, Bobby; Hawthorne, Bobby; Kelly, David Q.; Melgar, Alirio; Martinez, Mario; Shaw, Edward; Tatum, Jim A.

    2015-03-01

    Finisar has developed a line of high power, high efficiency VCSEL arrays. They are fabricated at 860nm as traditional P side up top emitting devices, leveraging Finisar's existing VCSEL fab and test processes for low cost, high volume capability. A thermal camera is used to accurately measure temperature profiles across the arrays at a variety of operating conditions and further allowing development of a full reliability model. The arrays are shown to demonstrate wear out reliability suitable for a wide range of applications. Typical 1/e^2 beam divergence is near 16 degrees under CW operating conditions at peak wall plug efficiency, narrowing further under pulsed drive conditions.

  13. Size dependence of selectively oxidized VCSEL transverse mode structure

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    Hegarty, S.P.; Huyet, G.; McInerney, J.G. |; Choquette, K.D.; Hou, H.Q.; Geib, K.M.

    1998-05-01

    The performance of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) has improved greatly in recent years. Much of this improvement can be attributed to the use of native oxide layers within the laser structure, providing both electrical and optical transverse confinement. Understanding this optical confinement will be vital for the future realization of yet smaller lasers with ultralow threshold currents. Here the authors report the spectral and modal properties of small (0.5 {micro}m to 5 {micro}m current aperture) VCSELs and identify Joule heating as a dominant effect in the resonator properties of the smallest lasers.

  14. Full-field interferometric confocal microscopy using a VCSEL array

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    Redding, Brandon; Bromberg, Yaron; Choma, Michael A.; Cao, Hui

    2014-01-01

    We present an interferometric confocal microscope using an array of 1200 VCSELs coupled to a multimode fiber. Spatial coherence gating provides ~18,000 continuous virtual pinholes allowing an entire en face plane to be imaged in a snapshot. This approach maintains the same optical sectioning as a scanning confocal microscope without moving parts, while the high power of the VCSEL array (~5 mW per laser) enables high-speed image acquisition with integration times as short as 100 µs. Interferometric detection also recovers the phase of the image, enabling quantitative phase measurements and improving the contrast when imaging phase objects. PMID:25078199

  15. Thermal resistance of VCSEL's bonded to integrated circuits

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    Pu, R.; Wilmsen, C.W.; Geib, K.M.; Choquette, K.D.

    1999-12-01

    The thermal resistance of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL's) flip chip bonded to GaAs substrates and CMOS integrated circuits has been measured. The measurements on GaAs show that if the bonding is done properly, the bonding does not add significantly to the thermal resistance. However, the SiO{sub 2} under the CMOS bonding pad can double the thermal resistance unless measures are taken to improve the thermal conductance of these layers. Finite element simulations indicate that the thermal resistance of bonded VCSEL's increases rapidly as the solder bond size and the aperture size decrease below {approximately}10 {micro}m.

  16. Dielectric metasurfaces for complete control of phase and polarization with subwavelength spatial resolution and high transmission.

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    Arbabi, Amir; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-11-01

    Metasurfaces are planar structures that locally modify the polarization, phase and amplitude of light in reflection or transmission, thus enabling lithographically patterned flat optical components with functionalities controlled by design. Transmissive metasurfaces are especially important, as most optical systems used in practice operate in transmission. Several types of transmissive metasurface have been realized, but with either low transmission efficiencies or limited control over polarization and phase. Here, we show a metasurface platform based on high-contrast dielectric elliptical nanoposts that provides complete control of polarization and phase with subwavelength spatial resolution and an experimentally measured efficiency ranging from 72% to 97%, depending on the exact design. Such complete control enables the realization of most free-space transmissive optical elements such as lenses, phase plates, wave plates, polarizers, beamsplitters, as well as polarization-switchable phase holograms and arbitrary vector beam generators using the same metamaterial platform. PMID:26322944

  17. Dielectric metasurfaces for complete control of phase and polarization with subwavelength spatial resolution and high transmission

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    Arbabi, Amir; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-11-01

    Metasurfaces are planar structures that locally modify the polarization, phase and amplitude of light in reflection or transmission, thus enabling lithographically patterned flat optical components with functionalities controlled by design. Transmissive metasurfaces are especially important, as most optical systems used in practice operate in transmission. Several types of transmissive metasurface have been realized, but with either low transmission efficiencies or limited control over polarization and phase. Here, we show a metasurface platform based on high-contrast dielectric elliptical nanoposts that provides complete control of polarization and phase with subwavelength spatial resolution and an experimentally measured efficiency ranging from 72% to 97%, depending on the exact design. Such complete control enables the realization of most free-space transmissive optical elements such as lenses, phase plates, wave plates, polarizers, beamsplitters, as well as polarization-switchable phase holograms and arbitrary vector beam generators using the same metamaterial platform.

  18. Capture and sorting of multiple cells by polarization-controlled three-beam interference

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    Hou, Yu; Wang, Zuobin; Hu, Yaowei; Li, Dayou; Qiu, Renxi

    2016-03-01

    For the capture and sorting of multiple cells, a sensitive and highly efficient polarization-controlled three-beam interference set-up has been developed. With the theory of superposition of three beams, simulations on the influence of polarization angle upon the intensity distribution and the laser gradient force change with different polarization angles have been carried out. By controlling the polarization angle of the beams, various intensity distributions and different sizes of dots are obtained. We have experimentally observed multiple optical tweezers and the sorting of cells with different polarization angles, which are in accordance with the theoretical analysis. The experimental results have shown that the polarization angle affects the shapes and feature sizes of the interference patterns and the trapping force.

  19. Ultrafast spin-polarization control of Dirac fermions in topological insulators

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    Sánchez-Barriga, J.; Golias, E.; Varykhalov, A.; Braun, J.; Yashina, L. V.; Schumann, R.; Minár, J.; Ebert, H.; Kornilov, O.; Rader, O.

    2016-04-01

    Three-dimensional topological insulators (TIs) are characterized by spin-polarized Dirac-cone surface states that are protected from backscattering by time-reversal symmetry. Control of the spin polarization of topological surface states (TSSs) using femtosecond light pulses opens novel perspectives for the generation and manipulation of dissipationless surface spin currents on ultrafast time scales. Using time-, spin-, and angle-resolved spectroscopy, we directly monitor the ultrafast response of the spin polarization of photoexcited TSSs to circularly polarized femtosecond pulses of infrared light. We achieve all-optical switching of the transient out-of-plane spin polarization, which relaxes in about 1.2 ps. Our observations establish the feasibility of ultrafast optical control of spin-polarized Dirac fermions in TIs and pave the way for optospintronic applications at ultimate speeds.

  20. Modulation properties of VCSEL with intracavity modulator

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    van Eisden, J.; Yakimov, M.; Tokranov, V.; Varanasi, M.; Mohammed, E. M.; Young, I. A.; Oktyabrsky, S.

    2007-02-01

    We have studied the modulation properties of VCSEL with intracavity multiple quantum well (MQW) electroabsorption modulator integrated into the top distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) [1]. Small signal analysis of rate equations for loss modulation shows an intrinsic high-frequency roll-off slope of 1/ω instead of 1/ω2 in directly modulated laser diodes, and consequently bandwidths in excess of 40 GHz are obtainable with this configuration [2]. Possible limiting factors to high bandwidth were examined by fitting high frequency characteristics to a multi-pole transfer function, and include RC delay and carrier drift-limited time of flight (TOF) in the modulator intrinsic region. Intracavity loss modulation shows a strong (+20dB) relaxation oscillation resonant feature in both theory and experiment. As demonstrated, this feature can be significantly reduced in amplitude using parasitics. We have extracted relative contribution of TOF and parasitic capacitance by varying the modulator intrinsic region width (105 and 210 nm) and lateral size of the modulator (18 and 12μm). It was estimated that the small size modulator exhibits parasitics f -3dB at 8GHz. To estimate the carrier TOF contribution to bandwidth limits, low temperature growth of a 210 nm absorber i-region and MQW was employed to reduce photogenerated carrier lifetime. Bandwidth limitations were found to be mostly due to diode and metallization capacitances, in addition to one pole set by the optoelectronic resonance frequency. We have used p-modulation doping of the gain region to increase the relaxation frequency. Pronounced active Q-switching was observed, yielding pulse widths of 40 ps at a 4 GHz rate.

  1. Independent control of differently-polarized waves using anisotropic gradient-index metamaterials

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    Ma, Hui Feng; Wang, Gui Zhen; Jiang, Wei Xiang; Cui, Tie Jun

    2014-01-01

    We propose a kind of anisotropic gradient-index (GRIN) metamaterials, which can be used to control differently-polarized waves independently. We show that two three- dimensional (3D) planar lenses made of such anisotropic GRIN metamaterials are able to make arbitrary beam deflections for the vertical (or horizontal) polarization but have no response to the horizontal (or vertical) polarization. Then the vertically- and horizontally-polarized waves are separated and controlled independently to deflect to arbitrarily different directions by designing the anisotropic GRIN planar lenses. We make experimental verifications of the lenses using such a special metamaterial, which has both electric and magnetic responses simultaneously to reach approximately equal permittivity and permeability. Hence excellent impedance matching is obtained between the GRIN planar lenses and the air. The measurement results demonstrate good performance on the independent controls of differently-polarized waves, as observed in the numerical simulations. PMID:25231412

  2. Baseline scheme for polarization preservation and control in the MEIC ion complex

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    Derbenev, Yaroslav S.; Lin, Fanglei; Morozov, Vasiliy; Zhang, Yuhong; Kondratenko, Anatoliy; Kondratenko, M A; Filatov, Yury

    2015-09-01

    The scheme for preservation and control of the ion polarization in the Medium-energy Electron-Ion Collider (MEIC) has been under active development in recent years. The figure-8 configuration of the ion rings provides a unique capability to control the polarization of any ion species including deuterons by means of "weak" solenoids rotating the particle spins by small angles. Insertion of "weak" solenoids into the magnetic lattices of the booster and collider rings solves the problem of polarization preservation during acceleration of the ion beam. Universal 3D spin rotators designed on the basis of "weak" solenoids allow one to obtain any polarization orientation at an interaction point of MEIC. This paper presents the baseline scheme for polarization preservation and control in the MEIC ion complex.

  3. Compactly packaged monolithic four-wavelength VCSEL array with 100-GHz wavelength spacing for future-proof mobile fronthaul transport.

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    Lee, Eun-Gu; Mun, Sil-Gu; Lee, Sang Soo; Lee, Jyung Chan; Lee, Jong Hyun

    2015-01-12

    We report a cost-effective transmitter optical sub-assembly using a monolithic four-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) array with 100-GHz wavelength spacing for future-proof mobile fronthaul transport using the data rate of common public radio interface option 6. The wavelength spacing is achieved using selectively etched cavity control layers and fine current adjustment. The differences in operating current and output power for maintaining the wavelength spacing of four VCSELs are <1.4 mA and <1 dB, respectively. Stable operation performance without mode hopping is observed, and error-free transmission under direct modulation is demonstrated over a 20-km single-mode fiber without any dispersion-compensation techniques. PMID:25835675

  4. Measured results of polarization crosstalk cancellation using LMS control. [Least Mean Square

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    Baird, C. A.; Rassweiler, G. G.

    1977-01-01

    This paper discusses the use of wideband decoupling networks for the cancellation of polarization crosstalk in dual-polarized communication links. Measured cancellation performance for an all-electronic IF network and an RF electro-mechanical waveguide network are presented. Each of these networks utilizes LMS-type adaptive control techniques to adjust the cancellation network.

  5. Spontaneous and electric field-controlled front-rear polarization of human keratinocytes.

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    Saltukoglu, Deniz; Grünewald, Julian; Strohmeyer, Nico; Bensch, Robert; Ulbrich, Maximilian H; Ronneberger, Olaf; Simons, Matias

    2015-12-01

    It has long been known that electrical fields (EFs) are able to influence the direction of migrating cells, a process commonly referred to as electrotaxis or galvanotaxis. Most studies have focused on migrating cells equipped with an existing polarity before EF application, making it difficult to delineate EF-specific pathways. Here we study the initial events in front-rear organization of spreading keratinocytes to dissect the molecular requirements for random and EF-controlled polarization. We find that Arp2/3-dependent protrusive forces and Rac1/Cdc42 activity were generally required for both forms of polarization but were dispensable for controlling the direction of EF-controlled polarization. By contrast, we found a crucial role for extracellular pH as well as G protein coupled-receptor (GPCR) or purinergic signaling in the control of directionality. The normal direction of polarization toward the cathode was reverted by lowering extracellular pH. Polarization toward the anode was also seen at neutral pH when GPCR or purinergic signaling was inhibited. However, the stepwise increase of extracellular pH in this scenario led to restoration of cathodal polarization. Overall our work puts forward a model in which the EF uses distinct polarization pathways. The cathodal pathway involves GPCR/purinergic signaling and is dominant over the anodal pathway at neutral pH. PMID:26424799

  6. Spontaneous and electric field–controlled front–rear polarization of human keratinocytes

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    Saltukoglu, Deniz; Grünewald, Julian; Strohmeyer, Nico; Bensch, Robert; Ulbrich, Maximilian H.; Ronneberger, Olaf; Simons, Matias

    2015-01-01

    It has long been known that electrical fields (EFs) are able to influence the direction of migrating cells, a process commonly referred to as electrotaxis or galvanotaxis. Most studies have focused on migrating cells equipped with an existing polarity before EF application, making it difficult to delineate EF-specific pathways. Here we study the initial events in front–rear organization of spreading keratinocytes to dissect the molecular requirements for random and EF-controlled polarization. We find that Arp2/3-dependent protrusive forces and Rac1/Cdc42 activity were generally required for both forms of polarization but were dispensable for controlling the direction of EF-controlled polarization. By contrast, we found a crucial role for extracellular pH as well as G protein coupled–receptor (GPCR) or purinergic signaling in the control of directionality. The normal direction of polarization toward the cathode was reverted by lowering extracellular pH. Polarization toward the anode was also seen at neutral pH when GPCR or purinergic signaling was inhibited. However, the stepwise increase of extracellular pH in this scenario led to restoration of cathodal polarization. Overall our work puts forward a model in which the EF uses distinct polarization pathways. The cathodal pathway involves GPCR/purinergic signaling and is dominant over the anodal pathway at neutral pH. PMID:26424799

  7. 830-nm Polarization Controlled Lasing of InGaAs Quantum Wire Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers Grown on (775)B GaAs Substrates by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Higuchi, Yu; Osaki, Shinji; Sasahata, Yoshifumi; Kitada, Takahiro; Shimomura, Satoshi; Ogura, Mutsuo; Hiyamizu, Satoshi

    2007-02-01

    We report the first demonstration of room temperature (RT) current injection lasing of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), with self-organized InGaAs/(GaAs)6(AlAs)1 quantum wires (QWRs) in their active region, grown on (775)B-oriented GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. A (775)B InGaAs QWR-VCSEL with an aperture diameter of 4 μm lased at a wavelength of 829.7 nm and a threshold current of 0.7 mA at RT. The light output was linearly polarized in the direction parallel to the QWRs due to optical anisotropy of the self-organized (775)B InGaAs QWRs.

  8. MT-compatible red VCSEL module for parallel optical interconnections

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    Van Hove, An; Van de Putte, Koen; Naessens, Kris; Dhoedt, Bart; Baets, Roel G.; Van Daele, Peter

    2000-04-01

    In this paper we present the design, fabrication and characterization of a module which directly connectorizes a 1 by 8 red VCSEL array to a small diameter polymer optical fiber array, using a standard MT ferrule. The facets of the POF are prepared by a hot knife cutting, followed by a short polishing step. First coupling results show total losses in the range of 1.1 dB/channel for a 30 cm POF link. Optical crosstalk between adjacent channels is below -45 dB. Plastic micromachined parts surrounding the VCSEL chip ensure the correct alignment of the connector, using the connector, using the connector guiding points. The parts themselves are aligned to the chip with a n index-alignment technique, using an excimer laser ablated mastertool. In a deconnectorizable version of the module, a thin, flat glue layer on the chip acts as a window between the VCSEL chip and the MT terminated POF array. Integrated in a standard ceramic package, clear eye diagrams have been measured at 150 MHz for a 10m POF link, coupled to the VCSEL array. Further efforts on higher speed measurements using dedicated drivers, will also be presented.

  9. Uniformity and performance of selectively oxidized VCSEL arrays

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    Geib, K.M.; Choquette, K.D.; Hou, H.Q.; Hammons, B.E.

    1998-01-01

    The authors report the uniformity characteristics of low threshold 1,060 nm and high power 850 nm 8 x 8 individually addressable oxide-confined VCSEL arrays. Uniformity of lasing thresholds and operating characteristics are described, as well as thermal issues for 2-dimensional laser arrays.

  10. Numerical Investigation of Leaky-Mode Coupling in VCSELs

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    Hadley, G. R.

    1997-12-31

    We investigate various aspects of leaky-mode coupling behavior in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) using a 2D finite difference model to simulate two coupled pixels. Phase-locking is shown to occur in a manner consistent with previous simple models.

  11. Magmatism During Rifting Controls the Polarity of Tilted Blocks

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    Chauvet, F.; Bourgeois, O.; Dauteuil, O.

    2009-12-01

    Magma-poor rifts, such as non-volcanic passive continental margins (e.g. Galicia) and slow-spreading oceanic ridges (e.g. Mid-Atlantic Ridge), are composed of faulted crustal blocks that dip generally away from the rift axis. By contrast, magma-rich rifts, such as volcanic passive margins (e.g. Norway, Namibia and the obducted paleo-volcanic margin of Oman) and hotspot-influenced slow-spreading oceanic ridges (e.g. Iceland), are composed of faulted crustal blocks that dip generally towards the rift axis. At volcanic passive margins, these tilted blocks are overlain by syn-tectonic volcano-sedimentary sequences that appear on seismic profiles as packages of seaward-dipping reflectors (SDRs). They are associated with swarms of magmatic dikes and sills. On the basis of a detailed structural study of Iceland (Bourgeois et al. 2005, Geodinamica Acta 18:59-80), we demonstrate that, in magma-rich rifts, lithospheric stretching is accomodated in a long-term deformation strip, n x 100 km wide, by the development of successive roll-over structures controlled by growth-faults and underlain by shallow magma chambers. As a given roll-over structure progressively develops and tilts in response to lithospheric stretching, it is continuously covered by lavas erupted from the associated magma chamber and reaching the surface through dike swarms dominantly located along the growth fault. After a lifetime of a few My, this roll-over structure dies at the expense of the activation of a new, laterally offset, one. Correspondingly, such roll-over structures form successively at different places within a diffuse plate boundary n x 100 km wide. After several roll-over structures have developed and died, the overall structure of the long-term deformation strip is composed of faulted crustal blocks that generally dip towards the rift axis and that are covered by volcano-sedimentary sequences. Physical laboratory experiments conducted with analogue materials demonstrate that this peculiar mode of rifting and the polarity of tilted blocks are controlled by the ratio between the rate of lithospheric stretching and the rate of magma supply. When the rate of crustal thickening by magmatism is smaller than (or equal to) the rate of crustal thinning by lithospheric stretching (as in non-volcanic passive margins and in slow-spreading oceanic ridges) the resulting rift zone is composed of outward-tilted blocks. By contrast, when the rate of crustal thickening by magmatism is bigger than the rate of crustal thinning by lithospheric stretching (as in volcanic passive margins and in hotspot-influenced slow-spreading oceanic ridges), the resulting rift zone is composed of inward-tilted blocks.

  12. Independent Controls of Differently-Polarized Reflected Waves by Anisotropic Metasurfaces

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    Ma, Hui Feng; Wang, Gui Zhen; Kong, Gu Sheng; Cui, Tie Jun

    2015-01-01

    We propose a kind of anisotropic planar metasurface, which has capacity to manipulate the orthogonally-polarized electromagnetic waves independently in the reflection mode. The metasurface is composed of orthogonally I-shaped structures and a metal-grounded plane spaced by a dielectric isolator, with the thickness of about 1/15 wavelength. The normally incident linear-polarized waves will be totally reflected by the metal plane, but the reflected phases of x- and y-polarized waves can be controlled independently by the orthogonally I-shaped structures. Based on this principle, we design four functional devices using the anisotropic metasurfaces to realize polarization beam splitting, beam deflection, and linear-to-circular polarization conversion with a deflection angle, respectively. Good performances have been observed from both simulation and measurement results, which show good capacity of the anisotropic metasurfaces to manipulate the x- and y-polarized reflected waves independently. PMID:25873323

  13. Plasmonic circular polarization analyzer formed by unidirectionally controlling surface plasmon propagation

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    Li, Jiaming; Wang, Jiajian; Tang, Peng; Liu, Wei; Huang, Tao; Wang, Yanqi; Lin, Feng; Fang, Zheyu; Zhu, Xing

    2015-04-20

    Analyzing the polarization of a circularly polarized light is a critical issue. We have fabricated a spiral nano-structure on the Au film by using focused ion beam etching technique. The fabricated structure can be used as a plasmonic circular polarization analyzer. By designing the relative orientation of two nano-apertures in the spiral structural unit, the propagation direction of the surface plasmon polaritons excited by circularly polarized light of opposite handedness can be controlled. Therefore, the spiral structure could be used to accurately determine the helicity of the excited circularly polarized light. Based on the results of scanning near-field optical microscopy, the obtained circular polarization extinction ratio of this structure was above 500. This structure can be used for a flexible detecting size and a very wide spectrum.

  14. Imprint Control of BaTiO3 Thin Films via Chemically Induced Surface Polarization Pinning.

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    Lee, Hyungwoo; Kim, Tae Heon; Patzner, Jacob J; Lu, Haidong; Lee, Jung-Woo; Zhou, Hua; Chang, Wansoo; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y; Gruverman, Alexei; Eom, Chang-Beom

    2016-04-13

    Surface-adsorbed polar molecules can significantly alter the ferroelectric properties of oxide thin films. Thus, fundamental understanding and controlling the effect of surface adsorbates are crucial for the implementation of ferroelectric thin film devices, such as ferroelectric tunnel junctions. Herein, we report an imprint control of BaTiO3 (BTO) thin films by chemically induced surface polarization pinning in the top few atomic layers of the water-exposed BTO films. Our studies based on synchrotron X-ray scattering and coherent Bragg rod analysis demonstrate that the chemically induced surface polarization is not switchable but reduces the polarization imprint and improves the bistability of ferroelectric phase in BTO tunnel junctions. We conclude that the chemical treatment of ferroelectric thin films with polar molecules may serve as a simple yet powerful strategy to enhance functional properties of ferroelectric tunnel junctions for their practical applications. PMID:26901570

  15. Enhanced inline conversion of fiber Bragg grating spectra based on increased polarization controllability

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    Jang, Wook; Sung Koo, Ja; Wan Lee, Yong; Oh, Junghwan; Wook Lee, Yong

    2013-04-01

    We have demonstrated enhanced spectral conversion of a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) incorporating a polarization-diversity loop configuration (PDLC) with increased degree of freedom (DOF) in polarization control through the addition of wave plates. The proposed apparatus for spectral conversion consists of a four-port polarization beam splitter for constructing the PDLC, an FBG, and three wave plates including one half-wave and two quarter-wave plates. In the previous study using only two wave plates, slight birefringence of single-mode fibers connecting optical elements within the polarization-diversity loop induced random changes of states of polarization (SOPs), resulting in the spectral degradation. In this approach, the increased number of wave plates could complement it by providing a higher DOF in controlling SOPs and significantly improve spectral performances of the fabricated filter such as an insertion loss, side-mode suppression ratio, and band-rejection ratio.

  16. Generation of a controllable multifocal array from a modulated azimuthally polarized beam.

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    Mu, Tingkui; Chen, Zeyu; Pacheco, Shaun; Wu, Rengmao; Zhang, Chunmin; Liang, Rongguang

    2016-01-15

    In this Letter, the focal spot areas of an azimuthally polarized beam modulated with a vortex-0-2π-phase plate or a π-phase-step plate are numerically found to be smaller than a radially polarized beam for three pupil functions with uniform, Gaussian, and Bessel-Gauss profiles. Several types of multizone phase plates are theoretically designed and numerically simulated for generating tight multifocal arrays from the azimuthally polarized beams for what we believe is the first time. The positions and polarization states of the multifocal arrays can be controlled simply by varying the pattern of the multizone plates. The produced multifocal array with controllable position and polarization is beneficial to parallel optical recording and parallel optical imaging. PMID:26766689

  17. VCSEL-based miniature laser-Doppler interferometer

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    Pruijmboom, Armand; Schemmann, Marcel; Hellmig, Jochen; Schutte, Jeroen; Moench, Holger; Pankert, Joseph

    2008-02-01

    There are many applications for non-contact measurement of the displacement and velocity of moving objects, especially when achieved at low cost. An optical displacement sensor has been developed that can be compared to expensive laser-interferometry sensors, however at a cost compatible with requirements for consumer products. This miniature Laser-Doppler Interferometer works on all light scattering surfaces. The first large-scale application is in PC-mice. The measurement principle employs so-called "Laser Self Mixing", which occurs when laser light scattered on a surface, within the coherence length, is coupled back into the laser cavity. When the object is moving, the back-scattered light is continuously shifting in phase relative to the laser light at the laser mirror. This results in a periodic perturbation of the feedback into the laser cavity, which causes modulations of the light intensity in the cavity. The frequency of these modulations is proportional the speed of the object. A VCSEL, optimized for this application, is used as light source, a photo-diode in the sensor measures the intensity fluctuations and, finally, an integrated circuit transfers the photo-diode signal into velocity or displacement information. To determine the direction of the movement, a triangle modulation of the laser-current is used, which modulates the laser-temperature and hence the laser frequency. Next to the applications in PC-mice a much wider range of applications as input device in consumer products can be envisaged. For instance menu navigation by finger movement over a sensor in remote controls, mobile phones and lap tops. Furthermore a wide field of applications is envisaged in the manufacturing of industrial equipment, which requires non-contact measurement of the movement of materials. The small form factor of less than 0.2 cubic centimeters allows applications previously considered impossible.

  18. New scheme for finite-retardation limitations of linear retarders with fixed axes in polarization control

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    Chen, Hua; Li, Mo; Liang, Wen-Ye; Wang, Dong; He, De-Yong; Wang, Shuang; Yin, Zhen-Qiang; Chen, Wei; Guo, Guang-Can; Han, Zheng-Fu

    2016-01-01

    Finite retardation ranges of linear retarders with fixed axes limit their applications in polarization control. In this work, we present a simple and efficient constraint scheme for this finite-retardation limitation. Its theoretical basis is given geometrically and mathematically. The new polarization control algorithm combines the constraint scheme and a widely-used maximum-search algorithm. Both simulations and experiments confirm the effectiveness and practicality of the proposed scheme and control algorithm. In experiments, the control system uses four cascaded linear retarders with fast axes alternately oriented at 0° and 45°. Each retarder (fiber squeezer) has a finite retardation range of 4π. For a 15-min test, the mean (maximum) polarization error angle is 0.09 (0.28) rad while stabilizing a polarization fluctuation at an average speed of 26 rad/s. Furthermore, no events of hitting retardation limits occur.

  19. Nonlinear dynamics of the polarization of multitransverse mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers under current modulation

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    Valle, A.; Sciamanna, M.; Panajotov, K.

    2007-10-01

    In this paper we report on a theoretical investigation of the nonlinear dynamics of the polarization of multitransverse mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) under current modulation. Special attention is given to the comparison with a previously studied case of single-transverse mode VCSEL emitting in two orthogonal polarizations. The consideration of spatial effects in VCSEL modifies the polarization dynamics that accompanies the period doubling route to chaos for large modulation amplitudes. Depending on the modulation parameters, the excitation of a higher order transverse mode may either induce chaotic pulsing in an otherwise regularly pulsating VCSEL, or induce a time-periodic pulsing dynamics in an otherwise chaotic VCSEL. Bifurcation diagrams obtained for different modulation frequencies, several values of the dichroism, and different transverse mode characteristics allow us to identify the different scenarios of polarization dynamics in a directly modulated VCSEL. Temporal analysis of carrier number radial profile reveals considerable changes for the multitransverse mode case only constituting the physical origin of the reported changes in the temporal and polarization dynamics.

  20. An optically controlled phased array antenna based on single sideband polarization modulation.

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    Zhang, Yamei; Wu, Huan; Zhu, Dan; Pan, Shilong

    2014-02-24

    A novel optically controlled phased array antenna consisting a simple optical beamforming network and an N element linear patch antenna array is proposed and demonstrated. The optical beamforming network is realized by N independent phase shifters using a shared optical single sideband (OSSB) polarization modulator together with N polarization controllers (PCs), N polarization beam splitters (PBSs) and N photodetectors (PDs). An experiment is carried out. A 4-element linear patch antenna array operating at 14 GHz and a 1 4 optical beamforming network (OBFN) is employed to realize the phased array antenna. The radiation patterns of the phased array antenna at -30, 0 and 30 are achieved. PMID:24663694

  1. Depth-encoded all-fiber swept source polarization sensitive OCT

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    Wang, Zhao; Lee, Hsiang-Chieh; Ahsen, Osman Oguz; Lee, ByungKun; Choi, WooJhon; Potsaid, Benjamin; Liu, Jonathan; Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar; Cable, Alex; Kraus, Martin F.; Liang, Kaicheng; Hornegger, Joachim; Fujimoto, James G.

    2014-01-01

    Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is a functional extension of conventional OCT and can assess depth-resolved tissue birefringence in addition to intensity. Most existing PS-OCT systems are relatively complex and their clinical translation remains difficult. We present a simple and robust all-fiber PS-OCT system based on swept source technology and polarization depth-encoding. Polarization multiplexing was achieved using a polarization maintaining fiber. Polarization sensitive signals were detected using fiber based polarization beam splitters and polarization controllers were used to remove the polarization ambiguity. A simplified post-processing algorithm was proposed for speckle noise reduction relaxing the demand for phase stability. We demonstrated systems design for both ophthalmic and catheter-based PS-OCT. For ophthalmic imaging, we used an optical clock frequency doubling method to extend the imaging range of a commercially available short cavity light source to improve polarization depth-encoding. For catheter based imaging, we demonstrated 200 kHz PS-OCT imaging using a MEMS-tunable vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) and a high speed micromotor imaging catheter. The system was demonstrated in human retina, finger and lip imaging, as well as ex vivo swine esophagus and cardiovascular imaging. The all-fiber PS-OCT is easier to implement and maintain compared to previous PS-OCT systems and can be more easily translated to clinical applications due to its robust design. PMID:25401008

  2. Depth-encoded all-fiber swept source polarization sensitive OCT.

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    Wang, Zhao; Lee, Hsiang-Chieh; Ahsen, Osman Oguz; Lee, ByungKun; Choi, WooJhon; Potsaid, Benjamin; Liu, Jonathan; Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar; Cable, Alex; Kraus, Martin F; Liang, Kaicheng; Hornegger, Joachim; Fujimoto, James G

    2014-09-01

    Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is a functional extension of conventional OCT and can assess depth-resolved tissue birefringence in addition to intensity. Most existing PS-OCT systems are relatively complex and their clinical translation remains difficult. We present a simple and robust all-fiber PS-OCT system based on swept source technology and polarization depth-encoding. Polarization multiplexing was achieved using a polarization maintaining fiber. Polarization sensitive signals were detected using fiber based polarization beam splitters and polarization controllers were used to remove the polarization ambiguity. A simplified post-processing algorithm was proposed for speckle noise reduction relaxing the demand for phase stability. We demonstrated systems design for both ophthalmic and catheter-based PS-OCT. For ophthalmic imaging, we used an optical clock frequency doubling method to extend the imaging range of a commercially available short cavity light source to improve polarization depth-encoding. For catheter based imaging, we demonstrated 200 kHz PS-OCT imaging using a MEMS-tunable vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) and a high speed micromotor imaging catheter. The system was demonstrated in human retina, finger and lip imaging, as well as ex vivo swine esophagus and cardiovascular imaging. The all-fiber PS-OCT is easier to implement and maintain compared to previous PS-OCT systems and can be more easily translated to clinical applications due to its robust design. PMID:25401008

  3. γ-Tubulin controls neuronal microtubule polarity independently of Golgi outposts

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    Nguyen, Michelle M.; McCracken, Christie J.; Milner, E. S.; Goetschius, Daniel J.; Weiner, Alexis T.; Long, Melissa K.; Michael, Nick L.; Munro, Sean; Rolls, Melissa M.

    2014-01-01

    Neurons have highly polarized arrangements of microtubules, but it is incompletely understood how microtubule polarity is controlled in either axons or dendrites. To explore whether microtubule nucleation by γ-tubulin might contribute to polarity, we analyzed neuronal microtubules in Drosophila containing gain- or loss-of-function alleles of γ-tubulin. Both increased and decreased activity of γ-tubulin, the core microtubule nucleation protein, altered microtubule polarity in axons and dendrites, suggesting a close link between regulation of nucleation and polarity. To test whether nucleation might locally regulate polarity in axons and dendrites, we examined the distribution of γ-tubulin. Consistent with local nucleation, tagged and endogenous γ-tubulins were found in specific positions in dendrites and axons. Because the Golgi complex can house nucleation sites, we explored whether microtubule nucleation might occur at dendritic Golgi outposts. However, distinct Golgi outposts were not present in all dendrites that required regulated nucleation for polarity. Moreover, when we dragged the Golgi out of dendrites with an activated kinesin, γ-tubulin remained in dendrites. We conclude that regulated microtubule nucleation controls neuronal microtubule polarity but that the Golgi complex is not directly involved in housing nucleation sites. PMID:24807906

  4. Optical metasurfaces for polarization-controlled beam shaping.

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    Avayu, Ori; Eisenbach, Omri; Ditcovski, Ran; Ellenbogen, Tal

    2014-07-01

    We have developed multifunctional optical beam shapers based on plasmonic metasurfaces. The metasurfaces are composed of subwavelength-spaced polarization- and wavelength-selective optical nanoantennas that allow encoding several beam shapers on a single element. We demonstrate numerically and experimentally beam shapers that can be used to switch between arbitrary beam shapes. We specifically demonstrate switching between one-dimensional Airy and Gaussian beams, Hermite-Gaussian beams of different orders, and two-dimensional Airy and Bessel beams. These beam shapers can be used as integrated optical elements in applications that require more than one laser beam shape. PMID:24978764

  5. Defect-mediated polarization switching in ferroelectrics and related materials: from mesoscopic mechanisms to atomistic control

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    Kalinin, Sergei V; Rodriguez, Brian J; Baddorf, Arthur P; Balke, Nina; Borisevich, Albina Y; Chang, Hye Jung; Chen, Long-Qing; Jesse, Stephen; Maksymovych, Petro; Nikiforov, Maxim; Pennycook, Stephen J

    2010-01-01

    The plethora of lattice and electronic behaviors in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials and heterostructures opens vistas into novel physical phenomena including magnetoelectric coupling and ferroelectric tunneling. The development of new classes of electronic, energy-storage, and information-technology devices depends critically on understanding and controlling field-induced polarization switching. Polarization reversal is controlled by defects that determine activation energy, critical switching bias, and the selection between thermodynamically equivalent polarization states in multiaxial ferroelectrics. Understanding and controlling defect functionality in ferroelectric materials is as critical to the future of oxide electronics and solid-state electrochemistry as defects in semiconductors are for semiconductor electronics. Here, recent advances in understanding the defect-mediated switching mechanisms, enabled by recent advances in electron and scanning probe microscopy, are discussed. The synergy between local probes and structural methods offers a pathway to decipher deterministic polarization switching mechanisms on the level of a single atomically defined defect.

  6. Control of Fibrinogen Assembly by Changing a Polarity of Surfaces

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    Koo, Jaseung; Liu, Ying; Snow, Sara; Rambhia, Pooja; Koga, Tadanori; Rafailovich, Miriam; Galanakis, Dennis

    2009-03-01

    Thrombogenesis causes various problems associated with an interruption in the blood flow (e.g., myocardial and cerebral infarction), and a hindrance to use of blood-contact vascular biomaterials (e.g., hemodialysis and cardiopulmonary bypass) with long-term patency since undesired adsorption of blood components occurs on vessels or biomaterials, such as surface-induced thrombosis. we showed that this clotting procedure can be occurred on hydrophobic polymeric surfaces without thrombin cleavage. However, the fibrinogen fibers were not formed on the polar surface such as spun-cast polymer film with pyridine and phenol groups. We also found that αC domains play an important role in initiation of polymerization on surface. Therefore, molecular association was inhibited on the polar surfaces due to confinement of αC chains on the surfaces. These findings were directly applied to stent surface modification. The commercial stent consist of Co-Cr alloy forms undesired fiber formation. However, PS-r-PVPh (13% phenol) coated stent surfaces completely prevent fiber formation.

  7. Towards the transverse mode-locking of oxide-confined VCSELs

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    Zhang, Botao; Snoke, David W.; Heberle, Albert P.

    2012-09-01

    We have investigated the lasing modes of oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). The individual Laguerre-Gaussian modes have been spectrally and spatially resolved with scanning confocal microscope with time resolution of 4 ps. Subject to the injection of ultrafast laser pulses, the VCSEL showed irregular pulsed emission which indicates the potential for transverse mode-locking of the VCSEL.

  8. Statistical Analysis of Crossed Undulator for Polarization Control in a SASE FEL

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    Ding, Yuantao; Huang, Zhirong; /SLAC

    2008-02-01

    There is a growing interest in producing intense, coherent x-ray radiation with an adjustable and arbitrary polarization state. In this paper, we study the crossed undulator scheme (K.-J. Kim, Nucl. Instrum. Methods A 445, 329 (2000)) for rapid polarization control in a self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) free electron laser (FEL). Because a SASE source is a temporally chaotic light, we perform a statistical analysis on the state of polarization using FEL theory and simulations. We show that by adding a small phase shifter and a short (about 1.3 times the FEL power gain length), 90{sup o} rotated planar undulator after the main SASE planar undulator, one can obtain circularly polarized light--with over 80% polarization--near the FEL saturation.

  9. Observation and explanation of polarization-controlled focusing of terahertz surface plasmon polaritons

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    Wang, Sen; Wang, Xinke; Zhao, Feng; Qu, Shiliang; Zhang, Yan

    2015-05-01

    Polarization-controlled focusing of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) is experimentally and theoretically investigated in the terahertz (THz) frequency range. The spiral phase distribution and the phase singularities, which, respectively, lead to the transverse shift of the focal spot for the circularly polarized THz radiation and the split of the focal spot for the linearly polarized THz radiation, are experimentally observed. Furthermore, an alternative theoretical model based on the Huygens-Fresnel principle and Fourier transformation of THz SPPs is proposed to analyze the transverse shift of the focal spot, which provides a simple way to understand the polarization-related SPP phenomena. This research is instructive for the design of polarization-based plasmonic devices.

  10. The BASL polarity protein controls a MAPK signaling feedback loop in asymmetric cell division.

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    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Pengcheng; Shao, Wanchen; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Dong, Juan

    2015-04-20

    Cell polarization is linked to fate determination during asymmetric division of plant stem cells, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. In Arabidopsis, BREAKING OF ASYMMETRY IN THE STOMATAL LINEAGE (BASL) is polarized to control stomatal asymmetric division. A mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade determines terminal stomatal fate by promoting the degradation of the lineage determinant SPEECHLESS (SPCH). Here, we demonstrate that a positive-feedback loop between BASL and the MAPK pathway constitutes a polarity module at the cortex. Cortical localization of BASL requires phosphorylation mediated by MPK3/6. Phosphorylated BASL functions as a scaffold and recruits the MAPKKK YODA and MPK3/6 to spatially concentrate signaling at the cortex. Activated MPK3/6 reinforces the feedback loop by phosphorylating BASL and inhibits stomatal fate by phosphorylating SPCH. Polarization of the BASL-MAPK signaling feedback module represents a mechanism connecting cell polarity to fate differentiation during asymmetric stem cell division in plants. PMID:25843888

  11. Polarization control of an X-ray free-electron laser with a diamond phase retarder.

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    Suzuki, Motohiro; Inubushi, Yuichi; Yabashi, Makina; Ishikawa, Tetsuya

    2014-05-01

    A diamond phase retarder was applied to control the polarization states of a hard X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) in the photon energy range 5-20 keV. The horizontal polarization of the XFEL beam generated from the planar undulators of the SPring-8 Angstrom Compact Free-Electron Laser (SACLA) was converted into vertical or circular polarization of either helicity by adjusting the angular offset of the diamond crystal from the exact Bragg condition. Using a 1.5 mm-thick crystal, a high degree of circular polarization, 97%, was obtained for 11.56 keV monochromatic X-rays, whereas the degree of vertical polarization was 67%, both of which agreed with the estimations including the energy bandwidth of the Si 111 beamline monochromator. PMID:24763633

  12. The BASL Polarity Protein Controls a MAPK Signaling Feedback Loop in Asymmetric Cell Division

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    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Pengcheng; Shao, Wanchen; Zhu, Jian-Kang; Dong, Juan

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Cell polarization is linked to fate determination during asymmetric division of plant stem cells, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. In Arabidopsis, BREAKING OF ASYMMETRY IN THE STOMATAL LINEAGE (BASL) is polarized to control stomatal asymmetric division. A MITOGEN-ACTIVATED PROTEIN KINASE (MAPK) cascade determines terminal stomatal fate by promoting the degradation of the lineage determinant SPEECHLESS (SPCH). Here we demonstrate that a positive feedback loop between BASL and the MAPK pathway constitutes a polarity module at the cortex. Cortical localization of BASL requires phosphorylation mediated by MPK3/6. Phosphorylated BASL functions as a scaffold and recruits the MAPKKK YODA and MPK3/6 to spatially concentrate signaling at the cortex. Activated MPK3/6 reinforces the feedback loop by phosphorylating BASL, and inhibits stomatal fate by phosphorylating SPCH. Polarization of the BASL-MAPK signaling feedback module represents a mechanism connecting cell polarity to fate differentiation during asymmetric stem cell division in plants. PMID:25843888

  13. Interplanetary magnetic field control of Saturn's polar cusp aurora

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    Bunce, E. J.; Cowley, S. W. H.; Milan, S. E.

    2005-06-01

    Dayside UV emissions in Saturn's polar ionosphere have been suggested to be the first observational evidence of the kronian "cusp" (Gérard et al., 2004). The emission has two distinct states. The first is a bright arc-like feature located in the pre-noon sector, and the second is a more diffuse "spot" of aurora which lies poleward of the general location of the main auroral oval, which may be related to different upstream interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) orientations. Here we take up the suggestion that these emissions correspond to the cusp. However, direct precipitation of electrons in the cusp regions is not capable of producing significant UV aurora. We have therefore investigated the possibility that the observed UV emissions are associated with reconnection occurring at the dayside magnetopause, possibly pulsed, akin to flux transfer events seen at the Earth. We devise a conceptual model of pulsed reconnection at the low-latitude dayside magnetopause for the case of northwards IMF which will give rise to pulsed twin-vortical flows in the magnetosphere and ionosphere in the vicinity of the open-closed field-line boundary, and hence to bi-polar field-aligned currents centred in the vortical flows. During intervals of high-latitude lobe reconnection for southward IMF, we also expect to have pulsed twin-vortical flows and corresponding bi-polar field-aligned currents. The vortical flows in this case, however, are displaced poleward of the open-closed field line boundary, and are reversed in sense, such that the field-aligned currents are also reversed. For both cases of northward and southward IMF we have also for the first time included the effects associated with the IMF By effect. We also include the modulation introduced by the structured nature of the solar wind and IMF at Saturn's orbit by developing "slow" and "fast" flow models corresponding to intermediate and high strength IMF respectively. We then consider the conditions under which the plasma populations appropriate to either sub-solar reconnection or high-latitude lobe reconnection can carry the currents indicated. We have estimated the field-aligned voltages required, the resulting precipitating particle energy fluxes, and the consequent auroral output. Overall our model of pulsed reconnection under conditions of northwards and southwards IMF, and for varying orientations of IMF By, is found to produce a range of UV emission intensities and geometries which is in good agreement with the data presented by Gérard et al. (2004). The recent HST-Cassini solar wind campaign provides a unique opportunity to test the theoretical ideas presented here.

  14. Self-mixing interference effect of VCSEL and the application on microdisplacement measurement

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    Hao, Hui; Wang, Ming; Guo, Dongmei; Xia, Wei

    2010-11-01

    The Self-Mixing Interference (SMI) effect of a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) is studied in this paper. The analysis and experiment are presented to verify the dynamics of the VCSEL. The phenomenon is observed and contrasted with traditional interference phenomenon. The output property of VCSEL is modulated by the change of cavity length and feedback intensity. An interferometer using VCSEL self-mixing based on temporal carrier phase shifting technique is studied. Theoretical analysis and simulation calculations are presented and some errors of this method are discussed.

  15. Control the polarization state of light with symmetry-broken metallic metastructures

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    Xiong, Xiang Jiang, Shang-Chi; Hu, Yuan-Sheng; Hu, Yu-Hui; Wang, Zheng-Han; Peng, Ru-Wen; Wang, Mu

    2015-07-15

    Controlling the polarization state, the transmission direction, the amplitude and the phase of light in a very limited space is essential for the development of on-chip photonics. Over the past decades, numerous sub-wavelength metallic microstructures have been proposed and fabricated to fulfill these demands. In this article, we review our efforts in achieving negative refractive index, controlling the polarization state, and tuning the amplitude of light with two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) microstructures. We designed an assembly of stacked metallic U-shaped resonators that allow achieving negative refraction for pure magnetic and electric responses respectively at the same frequency by selecting the polarization of incident light. Based on this, we tune the permittivity and permeability of the structure, and achieve negative refractive index. Further, by control the excitation and radiation of surface electric current on a number of 2D and 3D asymmetric metallic metastructures, we are able to control the polarization state of light. It is also demonstrated that with a stereostructured metal film, the whole metal surfaces can be used to construct either polarization-sensitive or polarization-insensitive prefect absorbers, with the advantage of efficient heat dissipation and electric conductivity. Our practice shows that metamaterials, including metasurface, indeed help to master light in nanoscale, and are promising in the development of new generation of photonics.

  16. A Polarization Control System for Intensity-Resolved Guided Mode Resonance Sensors

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    Lin, Sheng-Fu; Chang, Fu-Chen; Chen, Zhi-Heng; Wang, Chih-Ming; Yang, Tsung-Hsun; Chen, Wen-Yih; Chang, Jenq-Yang

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a polarization-control setup for intensity-resolved guided mode resonance sensors is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The experimental results are in good agreement with the simulation data based on rigorous coupled wave approach calculations. The proposed intensity-resolved measurement setup transfers polarization ellipses, which are produced from guided mode resonance to a linear polarization state under a buffer solution condition, and then suppresses the signals to dark using a polarization-control set. Hence, any changes in the refractive index results in an increase in the intensity signals. Furthermore, no wavelength-resolved or angular-resolved measurement is needed in this scheme. According to the experimental results, a wide linear detection range of 0.014 refractive index units is achieved and the limit of detection is 1.62E-4 RIU. PMID:24625743

  17. Electric field control of terahertz polarization in a multiferroic manganite with electromagnons.

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    Shuvaev, A; Dziom, V; Pimenov, Anna; Schiebl, M; Mukhin, A A; Komarek, A C; Finger, T; Braden, M; Pimenov, A

    2013-11-27

    All-electrical control of a dynamic magnetoelectric effect is demonstrated in a classical multiferroic manganite DyMnO3, a material containing coupled antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric orders. Because of intrinsic magnetoelectric coupling with electromagnons a linearly polarized terahertz light rotates upon passing through the sample. The amplitude and the direction of the polarization rotation are defined by the orientation of ferroelectric domains and can be switched by static voltage. These experiments allow the terahertz polarization to be tuned using the dynamic magnetoelectric effect. PMID:24329467

  18. Control of polarization and mode mapping of small volume high Q micropillars

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    Daraei, A.; Sanvitto, D.; Timpson, J. A.; Fox, A. M.; Whittaker, D. M.; Skolnick, M. S.; Guimaraes, P. S. S.; Vinck, H.; Tahraoui, A.; Fry, P. W.; Liew, S. L.; Hopkinson, M.

    2007-08-15

    We show that the polarization of the emission of a single quantum dot embedded within a microcavity pillar of elliptical cross section can be completely controlled and even switched between two orthogonal linear polarizations by changing the coupling of the dot emission with the polarized photonic modes. We also measure the spatial profile of the emission of a series of pillars with different ellipticities and show that the results can be well described by simple theoretical modeling of the modes of an infinite length elliptical cylinder.

  19. Free-Space Optical Interconnect Employing VCSEL Diodes

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    Simons, Rainee N.; Savich, Gregory R.; Torres, Heidi

    2009-01-01

    Sensor signal processing is widely used on aircraft and spacecraft. The scheme employs multiple input/output nodes for data acquisition and CPU (central processing unit) nodes for data processing. To connect 110 nodes and CPU nodes, scalable interconnections such as backplanes are desired because the number of nodes depends on requirements of each mission. An optical backplane consisting of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), VCSEL drivers, photodetectors, and transimpedance amplifiers is the preferred approach since it can handle several hundred megabits per second data throughput.The next generation of satellite-borne systems will require transceivers and processors that can handle several Gb/s of data. Optical interconnects have been praised for both their speed and functionality with hopes that light can relieve the electrical bottleneck predicted for the near future. Optoelectronic interconnects provide a factor of ten improvement over electrical interconnects.

  20. Compact VCSEL pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers

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    Cole, Brian; Hays, Alan; McIntosh, Chris; Nettleton, John; Goldberg, Lew

    2012-03-01

    We have explored using 808nm Vertical Cavity Surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays for end-pumping of Nd:YAG lasers. A variety of laser designs were explored including a compact passively Q-switched lasers that produced a 22mJ pulse having a pulse width of <1.5ns, and an actively Q-switched laser that produced a 40mJ pulse having a 7 ns pulse width. The VCSEL pumped actively Q-switched laser was used as a source for sum frequency generation. Using a 2mm type II KTP and 3mm type I LBO, we generated greater than 5mJ at 355nm with a 21% THG conversion efficiency.

  1. Optimization of electrically tunable VCSEL with intracavity nematic liquid crystal.

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    Belmonte, Carlos; Frasunkiewicz, Leszek; Czyszanowski, Tomasz; Thienpont, Hugo; Beeckman, Jeroen; Neyts, Kristiaan; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2015-06-15

    We optimize the wavelength tuning range of a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser with an intracavity layer of nematic Liquid Crystal (LC-VCSEL) lasing around 1.3 μm. The tunability is obtained by applying voltage to the liquid crystal layer, which esentially is to vary the refractive index from the extraordinary to the ordinary. We achieve 71.6 nm continuous tuning (without mode hopping) with liquid crystal thickness of about 3.2 μm. We investigate the impact of ambient temperature on the LC-VCSEL tuning range and show that mode-hop tuning can be achieved in the temperature range from -10°C to 50°C where the LC is in nematic phase. PMID:26193549

  2. Full-field interferometric confocal microscopy using a VCSEL array.

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    Redding, Brandon; Bromberg, Yaron; Choma, Michael A; Cao, Hui

    2014-08-01

    We present an interferometric confocal microscope using an array of 1200 vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) coupled to a multimode fiber. Spatial coherence gating provides ~18,000 continuous virtual pinholes, allowing an entire en face plane to be imaged in a snapshot. This approach maintains the same optical sectioning as a scanning confocal microscope without moving parts, while the high power of the VCSEL array (∼5  mW per laser) enables high-speed image acquisition with integration times as short as 100 μs. Interferometric detection also recovers the phase of the image, enabling quantitative phase measurements and improving the contrast when imaging phase objects. PMID:25078199

  3. Rapid Switching and Modulation by use of Coupled VCSELs

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    Goorjian, Peter M.; Ning, Cun-Zhen

    2004-01-01

    Devices incorporating coupled vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) have been proposed as means to effect unprecedentedly rapid modulation and/or switching of light beams in advanced optical communication and information-processing systems. A basic device according to the proposal would comprise two or more VCSELs (1) positioned so close to each other that they are coupled and (2) connected to a current source that biases them at a steady current above the threshold current for lasing. The operation of VCSELs under the conditions stated above has been simulated computationally with an algorithm that solves an approximation of the Maxwell-Bloch equations. (These are nonlinear coupled partial differential equations that model the relevant aspects of the physics of semiconductor lasers.) The results of the simulations show that the intensities of the beams oscillate, out of phase relative to each other, at a frequency that is typically of the order of tens of gigahertz. In particular, one simulation was performed for two coupled VCSELs, each having a circular aperture 5.6 microns in diameter, operating at a wavelength of 980 nm. The results of the simulation showed that the intensities of the two beams oscillated in opposite phase (see Figure 1) at a frequency of 42 GHz. In the far field, the beams were found to be separated by an angle of approx.=8deg. The intensities of the beams were also found to oscillate in the near field, 90deg out of phase with the oscillation in the far field. Figure 2 depicts a simple near-field switching device in which an assembly of microlenses would couple the two oscillating beams to two receivers.

  4. High Efficacy Green LEDs by Polarization Controlled MOVPE

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    Wetzel, Christian

    2013-03-31

    Amazing performance in GaInN/GaN based LEDs has become possible by advanced epitaxial growth on a wide variety of substrates over the last decade. An immediate push towards product development and worldwide competition for market share have effectively reduced production cost and generated substantial primary energy savings on a worldwide scale. At all times of the development, this economic pressure forced very fundamental decisions that would shape huge industrial investment. One of those major aspects is the choice of epitaxial growth substrate. The natural questions are to what extend a decision for a certain substrate will limit the ultimate performance and to what extent, the choice of a currently more expensive substrate such as native GaN could overcome any of the remaining performance limitations. Therefore, this project has set out to explore what performance characteristic could be achieved under the utilization of bulk GaN substrate. Our work was guided by the hypotheses that line defects such as threading dislocations in the active region should be avoided and the huge piezoelectric polarization needs to be attenuated – if not turned off – for higher performing LEDs, particularly in the longer wavelength green and deep green portions of the visible spectrum. At their relatively lower performance level, deep green LEDs are a stronger indicator of relative performance improvements and seem particular sensitive to the challenges at hand.

  5. Requirement of Phosphoinositides Containing Stearic Acid To Control Cell Polarity.

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    Doignon, François; Laquel, Patricia; Testet, Eric; Tuphile, Karine; Fouillen, Laetitia; Bessoule, Jean-Jacques

    2015-01-01

    Phosphoinositides (PIPs) are present in very small amounts but are essential for cell signaling, morphogenesis, and polarity. By mass spectrometry, we demonstrated that some PIPs with stearic acyl chains were strongly disturbed in a psi1Δ Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain deficient in the specific incorporation of a stearoyl chain at the sn-1 position of phosphatidylinositol. The absence of PIPs containing stearic acid induced disturbances in intracellular trafficking, although the total amount of PIPs was not diminished. Changes in PIPs also induced alterations in the budding pattern and defects in actin cytoskeleton organization (cables and patches). Moreover, when the PSI1 gene was impaired, a high proportion of cells with bipolar cortical actin patches that occurred concomitantly with the bipolar localization of Cdc42p was specifically found among diploid cells. This bipolar cortical actin phenotype, never previously described, was also detected in a bud9Δ/bud9Δ strain. Very interestingly, overexpression of PSI1 reversed this phenotype. PMID:26711260

  6. Some aspects of designing an efficient nitride VCSEL resonator

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    Mackowiak, P.; Nakwaski, W.

    2001-03-01

    The optical model of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) based on the effective frequency method is applied to formulate some guidelines useful for designers of nitride VCSEL resonators. Various materials for resonator distributed Bragg reflectors mirrors are investigated, namely SiO2, TiO2, HfO2, MgO, Y2O3, ZrO2, GaN, AlN, and AlGaN. For pulse-operating nitride VCSELs, both dielectric resonator mirrors (preferably SiO2/TiO2 stacks) are recommended, whereas in the case of continuous-wave operation, the bottom dielectric mirror should be replaced by a semiconducting one (e.g. GaN/Al0.15Ga0.85N stack) to enhance heat extraction. It is shown that the active region radius in the analysed lasers should not be less than 5 µm. The simulation also revealed that the barrier width has a strong influence on the threshold gain. Some thermoelectrical aspects of design have also been addressed.

  7. Multi-species gas detection with long-wavelength VCSEL

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    Lytkine, Alexandre; Jaeger, Wolfgang; Tulip, John

    2004-12-01

    A long-wavelength VCSEL has been used for the first time for multi-species gas detection and for trace gas sensing. The VCSEL with a buried tunnel junction (VERTILAS, Germany) was capable of covering a spectral range of 7 nm or 28 cm-1 (central wavelength at 1576.3 nm) with the laser temperature and injection current varied between 0-50 °C and 0.5-5 mA respectively. The pressure of CO:CO2=3:2 gas mixtures buffered with N2 (N2 content 0 - 90 %) was varied from 1 mBar up to 1 Bar. To avoid a non-linear dynamic tuning, the combination of a direct injection current with a saw-tooth waveform was used to sweep the laser frequency across absorption lines. A LabVIEW-based computer code was developed for multi-species gas analysis in time domain. Absorption spectra were averaged over 102-103 laser scans. It has been shown that a cross interference from all collisional partners should be taken into account for accurate multi-component gas detection. A concentration of 600 ppm of CO2 in atmospheric air (fractional absorption ~ 10-4) was detected with laser output power of 120 uW. Long-wavelength VCSELs can be used both for multi-species gas detection in a wide range of pressures and for trace gas monitoring.

  8. Capacitively Coupled CMOS VCSEL Driver Circuits for Optical Communication

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    Kozlov, Victor

    This thesis presents the analysis, design and implementation of a common-cathode capacitively-coupled VCSEL driver in 65nm CMOS intended for short-reach optical interconnects. The driver consists of an AC-coupled high-frequency path and a low-frequency path that provides DC signal components. By increasing the low-frequency path bandwidth by 10 times compared to previous AC-coupled drivers allowed the on-chip coupling capacitor to be reduced to 2.1pF, occupying 3 times less area than prior art. The driver introduces capacitively-coupled two-tap emphasis to equalize the VCSEL's optical response. The VCSEL was modulated with an OMA of up to 5.1dBm and an ER of 9dB, measuring an RMS jitter of 5ps at a data rate of 15Gb/s, which represents the highest OMA and ER achieved in high-speed anode-driving LDDs. The driver could be programmed for a low-power mode, outputting 2.3dBm OMA at power consumption of only 30mW, corresponding to an energy efficiency of 2pJ/bit.

  9. Up-conversion luminescence polarization control in Er3+-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals

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    Hui, Zhang; Yun-Hua, Yao; Shi-An, Zhang; Chen-Hui, Lu; Zhen-Rong, Sun

    2016-02-01

    We propose a femtosecond laser polarization modulation scheme to control the up-conversion (UC) luminescence in Er3+-doped NaYF4 nanocrystals dispersed in the silicate glass. We show that the UC luminescence can be suppressed when the laser polarization is changed from linear through elliptical to circular, and the higher repetition rate will yield the lower control efficiency. We theoretically analyze the physical control mechanism of the UC luminescence polarization modulation by considering on- and near-resonant two-photon absorption, energy transfer up-conversion, and excited state absorption, and show that the polarization control mainly comes from the contribution of near-resonant two-photon absorption. Furthermore, we propose a method to improve the polarization control efficiency of UC luminescence in rare-earth ions by applying a two-color femtosecond laser field. Project supported by the Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11304396), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474096 and 51132004), and the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission, China (Grant No. 14JC1401500).

  10. Fabrication and characterization of 1.3-μm InAs quantum-dot VCSELs and monolithic VCSEL arrays

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    Ding, Y.; Fan, W. J.; Xu, D. W.; Zhao, L. J.; Liu, Y.; Zhu, N. H.

    2009-11-01

    We present fabrication and characterization of 1.3-μm InAs quantum dot (QD) vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and QD-VCSEL arrays. The continuous-wave (CW) output power of single QD-VCSEL of 1.2 mW with lasing wavelength of 1.28 μm is obtained at room temperature (RT) at a bias current of 15 mA without power saturation. The low threshold current of 1.1 mA can be achieved for the single mode device. We investigate the 3-dB modulation bandwidth of QD-VCSELs with oxide aperture size of 5-μm, 10-μm and 15-μm in the small signal frequency response measurements. Modulation bandwidth of 2.65 GHz is achieved for single-mode QD-VCSEL with oxide aperture size of 5 μm at a bias current of 4.5 mA. The maximum modulation bandwidth of 2.5 GHz can be obtained for multimode QD-VCSEL with oxide aperture size of 10 μm at a bias current of 7 mA. The 61 QD-VCSELs array is also investigated at RT without optimization. Maximum CW output power of 28 mW and pulsed output power of 18 mW are demonstrated for 2-D QD-VCSEL array with threshold current of 50 mA. The far field pattern beam angle of QD-VCSEL arrays at two perpendicular directions are about 18 degree.

  11. Update on High-Resolution Geodetically Controlled LROC Polar Mosaics

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    Archinal, B.; Lee, E.; Weller, L.; Richie, J.; Edmundson, K.; Laura, J.; Robinson, M.; Speyerer, E.; Boyd, A.; Bowman-Cisneros, E.; Wagner, R.; Nefian, A.

    2015-10-01

    We describe progress on high-resolution (1 m/pixel) geodetically controlled LROC mosaics of the lunar poles, which can be used for locating illumination resources (for solar power or cold traps) or landing site and surface operations planning.

  12. Optically controlled spin-polarization memory effect on Mn delta-doped heterostructures.

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    Balanta, M A G; Brasil, M J S P; Iikawa, F; Mendes, Udson C; Brum, J A; Danilov, Yu A; Dorokhin, M V; Vikhrova, O V; Zvonkov, B N

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the dynamics of the interaction between spin-polarized photo-created carriers and Mn ions on InGaAs/GaAs: Mn structures. The carriers are confined in an InGaAs quantum well and the Mn ions come from a Mn delta-layer grown at the GaAs barrier close to the well. Even though the carriers and the Mn ions are spatially separated, the interaction between them is demonstrated by time-resolved spin-polarized photoluminescence measurements. Using a pre-pulse laser excitation with an opposite circular-polarization clearly reduces the polarization degree of the quantum-well emission for samples where a strong magnetic interaction is observed. The results demonstrate that the Mn ions act as a spin-memory that can be optically controlled by the polarization of the photocreated carriers. On the other hand, the spin-polarized Mn ions also affect the spin-polarization of the subsequently created carriers as observed by their spin relaxation time. These effects fade away with increasing time delays between the pulses as well as with increasing temperatures. PMID:27080310

  13. Optically controlled spin-polarization memory effect on Mn delta-doped heterostructures

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    Balanta, M. A. G.; Brasil, M. J. S. P.; Iikawa, F.; Mendes, Udson C.; Brum, J. A.; Danilov, Yu. A.; Dorokhin, M. V.; Vikhrova, O. V.; Zvonkov, B. N.

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the dynamics of the interaction between spin-polarized photo-created carriers and Mn ions on InGaAs/GaAs: Mn structures. The carriers are confined in an InGaAs quantum well and the Mn ions come from a Mn delta-layer grown at the GaAs barrier close to the well. Even though the carriers and the Mn ions are spatially separated, the interaction between them is demonstrated by time-resolved spin-polarized photoluminescence measurements. Using a pre-pulse laser excitation with an opposite circular-polarization clearly reduces the polarization degree of the quantum-well emission for samples where a strong magnetic interaction is observed. The results demonstrate that the Mn ions act as a spin-memory that can be optically controlled by the polarization of the photocreated carriers. On the other hand, the spin-polarized Mn ions also affect the spin-polarization of the subsequently created carriers as observed by their spin relaxation time. These effects fade away with increasing time delays between the pulses as well as with increasing temperatures. PMID:27080310

  14. Optically controlled spin-polarization memory effect on Mn delta-doped heterostructures

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    Balanta, M. A. G.; Brasil, M. J. S. P.; Iikawa, F.; Mendes, Udson C.; Brum, J. A.; Danilov, Yu. A.; Dorokhin, M. V.; Vikhrova, O. V.; Zvonkov, B. N.

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the dynamics of the interaction between spin-polarized photo-created carriers and Mn ions on InGaAs/GaAs: Mn structures. The carriers are confined in an InGaAs quantum well and the Mn ions come from a Mn delta-layer grown at the GaAs barrier close to the well. Even though the carriers and the Mn ions are spatially separated, the interaction between them is demonstrated by time-resolved spin-polarized photoluminescence measurements. Using a pre-pulse laser excitation with an opposite circular-polarization clearly reduces the polarization degree of the quantum-well emission for samples where a strong magnetic interaction is observed. The results demonstrate that the Mn ions act as a spin-memory that can be optically controlled by the polarization of the photocreated carriers. On the other hand, the spin-polarized Mn ions also affect the spin-polarization of the subsequently created carriers as observed by their spin relaxation time. These effects fade away with increasing time delays between the pulses as well as with increasing temperatures.

  15. The control system of the polarized internal target of ANKE at COSY

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    Kleines, H.; Sarkadi, J.; Zwoll, K.; Engels, R.; Grigoryev, K.; Mikirtychyants, M.; Nekipelov, M.; Rathmann, F.; Seyfarth, H.; Kravtsov, P.; Vasilyev, A.

    2006-05-01

    The polarized internal target for the ANKE experiment at the Cooler Synchrotron COSY of the Forschungszentrum Jülich utilizes a polarized atomic beam source to feed a storage cell with polarized hydrogen or deuterium atoms. The nuclear polarization is measured with a Lamb-shift polarimeter. For common control of the two systems, industrial equipment was selected providing reliable, long-term support and remote control of the target as well as measurement and optimization of its operating parameters. The interlock system has been implemented on the basis of SIEMENS SIMATIC S7-300 family of programmable logic controllers. In order to unify the interfacing to the control computer, all front-end equipment is connected via the PROFIBUS DP fieldbus. The process control software was implemented using the Windows-based WinCC toolkit from SIEMENS. The variety of components, to be controlled, and the logical structure of the control and interlock system are described. Finally, a number of applications derived from the present development to other, new installations are briefly mentioned.

  16. Complete wavefront and polarization control for ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing.

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    Allegre, O J; Jin, Y; Perrie, W; Ouyang, J; Fearon, E; Edwardson, S P; Dearden, G

    2013-09-01

    We report on new developments in wavefront and polarization control for ultrashort-pulse laser microprocessing. We use two Spatial Light Modulators in combination to structure the optical fields of a picosecond-pulse laser beam, producing vortex wavefronts and radial or azimuthal polarization states. We also carry out the first demonstration of multiple first-order beams with vortex wavefronts and radial or azimuthal polarization states, produced using Computer Generated Holograms. The beams produced are used to nano-structure a highly polished metal surface. Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures are observed and used to directly verify the state of polarization in the focal plane and help to characterize the optical properties of the setup. PMID:24103993

  17. High-speed endless optical polarization stabilization using calibrated waveplates and field-programmable gate array-based digital controller.

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    Hidayat, Ariya; Koch, Benjamin; Zhang, Hongbin; Mirvoda, Vitali; Lichtinger, Manfred; Sandel, David; No, Reinhold

    2008-11-10

    A truly endless polarization stabilization experiment with a tracking speed of 15 krad/s is presented. The high-speed polarization tracking is realized by using calibrated lithium niobate linear retardation waveplates as the polarization transformers combined with a very fast digital controller running on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). PMID:19581991

  18. VCSELs in the visible to IR as a light source for low light therapy

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    Johnson, Klein; Dummer, Matthew; Hogan, William; Steidl, Charles; Hibbs-Brenner, Mary

    2014-02-01

    VCSELs (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers ) provide a very versatile optical source for Low Light Therapy applications. This talk will discuss performance characteristics and packaging demonstrations for VCSELs primarily operating in the 680nm and 850nm regimes. At 680nm individual VCSELs produce >10mW, while >0.35W can be provided from a 0.4mm2 emission area. Spectral width is typically 1-2nm even for a multi-mode or array device. At 850nm these numbers increase to >30mW and >0.8W. Even higher powers can be achieved under pulsed modulation, i.e. 0.55W for a 680nm VCSEL or 1.2W for an 850nm VCSEL. While we report on results achieved at 680nm and 850nm, extension to wavelengths ranging from 660nm to 1000nm is easily achieved. The packaging flexibility of VCSELs also makes them of significant interest to the Low Light Therapy community. We will report on the incorporation of VCSELs into surface mount packages, including typical LED packages such as the PLCC, or ceramic chip carriers. VCSELs in PLCC packages have been attached to flexible circuits to provide a broad area illumination. We will also report on a unique chip on board package which easily allows for the addition of optical elements such as diffusers, diffraction gratings or lenses. This package is 2mm on a side, sufficiently small for incorporation into catheters or implantation.

  19. Modeling and simulation of VCSELs noise and its influence on noise performance of RF fiber links

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    Ahmed, Moustafa; Mahmoud, Safwat W. Z.; Hassan, Ahmed M. A.

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we present numerical simulations of the dynamics and noise of directly modulated vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) as primary light sources in RF links. Contribution of the VCSEL noise to the noise performance of the RF link is evaluated in terms of the noise figure. The VCSEL characteristics are investigated under a variety of conditions, including CW operation and sinusoidal modulation. Both single and two transverse-mode oscillations of VCSELs are studied. The obtained results show that the frequency spectra of the relative intensity noise exhibit peaks at the mode-competition frequency, the modulation frequency and the higher harmonics. The low-frequency level of relative intensity noise is minimum when the modulated VCSEL signal is continuous and uniform, but is pronounced when the signal is pulsing and non-uniform. The noise level of the two-mode VCSELs is almost 20 dB/Hz higher than that of the single-mode VCSEL. The noise factor of the fiber link decreases with the increase of both the modulation frequency and the depth. The contribution of the VCSEL noise to the noise factor of the fiber link is much greater than that of the photodiode.

  20. Stable and high-efficiency optical transmitter using a VCSEL-direct-bonded connection block

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    Kim, Do-Won; Lee, Tae-Woo; Cho, Mu Hee; Park, Hyo-Hoon

    2008-02-01

    A stable and high-efficiency optical transmitter module was fabricated for optical printed circuit board (OPCB) based interconnections. A bottom-emitting VCSEL was directly bonded on a 90-bent fiber connection block. Since this transmitter module does not have free space between the VCSEL and the connection block, it reduces the optical losses due to the scattering and beam divergence at the interface between the VCSEL and the connection block. A ray trace simulation for the optical loss supports the conclusion that closer contact of VCSEL to the connection block can provide higher coupling efficiency by eliminating the optical losses induced by the Fresnel reflection and the beam divergence. The index matching fluid treatment between the VCSEL and the connection block improves the coupling efficiency especially in the longitudinal direction. This trend was experimentally identified. Effective heat discharge through the contacted connector in this module improves significantly the power characteristics of the VCSEL. The L-I-V curves demonstrate that the fabricated VCSEL module shows higher optical powers than the bare VCSEL improving from +0.3 dB to +3.3 dB. Successful eye diagram at the speed of 5 Gb/s/ch with 850 nm was obtained. The bit error rate was 10 -9 at the speed of 5 Gb/s/ch, and it became lower than 10 -12 at the speed below 3 Gb/s/ch.

  1. CANMET residuum hydrocracking: Advances through the control of polar aromatics

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    Benham, N.K.; Pruden, B.B.

    1996-12-01

    The beginnings of the CANMET hydrocracking process took root in the mid 1970`s. An ongoing program of development has broadened this novel hydrocracking process for upgrading Canadian oil sands bitumen to successfully process a wide range of refinery residues from conventional crudes as well as residues from refinery conversion units. FCCU slurry, visbreaker vacuum tower bottoms, deasphalter bottoms residue, and poor quality gas oils from cokers and visbreakers are all upgradable in the CANMET process. This paper gives an overview of the process, describes its demonstrated performance, and outlines recent technology improvements. The CANMET slurry hydrocracking process utilizes a solid additive to inhibit coke formation and is capable of 975+ F conversion levels in excess of 90%. Typical hydrogen partial pressures are in the range of 1,500 psi. Demonstration in a 5,000 BPD unit over a seven-year period has shown that operation is easier to control than a conventional gas oil hydrocracker. The absence of an active catalyst combined with the auto-cooling effect of the well back mixed upflow reactor leads to an extremely stable reactor operation. The reactor is stable even if reactor quenches are not used for control.

  2. Dual-channel near-field control by polarizations using isotropic and inhomogeneous metasurface

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    Wan, Xiang; Cai, Ben Geng; Li, Yun Bo; Cui, Tie Jun

    2015-01-01

    We propose a method for dual-channel near-field manipulations by designing isotropic but inhomogeneous metasurfaces. As example, we present a dual-channel near-field focusing metasurface device. When the device is driven by surface waves from different channels on the metasurface, the near fields will be focused at the same spatial point with different polarizations. Conversely, if a linearly polarized source is radiated at the spatial focal point, different channels will be evoked on the metasurface controlled by polarization. We fabricated and measured the metasurface device in the microwave frequency. Well agreements between the simulation and measurement results are observed. The proposed method exhibits great flexibility in controlling the surface waves and spatial waves simultaneously. It is expected that the proposed method and dual-channel device will facilitate the manipulation of near electromagnetic or optical waves in different frequency regimes. PMID:26527420

  3. Rapid Energy Transfer Enabling Control of Emission Polarization in Perylene Bisimide Donor-Acceptor Triads.

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    Menelaou, Christopher; ter Schiphorst, Jeroen; Kendhale, Amol M; Parkinson, Patrick; Debije, Michael G; Schenning, Albertus P H J; Herz, Laura M

    2015-04-01

    Materials showing rapid intramolecular energy transfer and polarization switching are of interest for both their fundamental photophysics and potential for use in real-world applications. Here, we report two donor-acceptor-donor triad dyes based on perylene-bisimide subunits, with the long axis of the donors arranged either parallel or perpendicular to that of the central acceptor. We observe rapid energy transfer (<2 ps) and effective polarization control in both dye molecules in solution. A distributed-dipole Förster model predicts the excitation energy transfer rate for the linearly arranged triad but severely underestimates it for the orthogonal case. We show that the rapid energy transfer arises from a combination of through-bond coupling and through-space transfer between donor and acceptor units. As they allow energy cascading to an excited state with controllable polarization, these triad dyes show high potential for use in luminescent solar concentrator devices. PMID:26262968

  4. Dual-channel near-field control by polarizations using isotropic and inhomogeneous metasurface.

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    Wan, Xiang; Cai, Ben Geng; Li, Yun Bo; Cui, Tie Jun

    2015-01-01

    We propose a method for dual-channel near-field manipulations by designing isotropic but inhomogeneous metasurfaces. As example, we present a dual-channel near-field focusing metasurface device. When the device is driven by surface waves from different channels on the metasurface, the near fields will be focused at the same spatial point with different polarizations. Conversely, if a linearly polarized source is radiated at the spatial focal point, different channels will be evoked on the metasurface controlled by polarization. We fabricated and measured the metasurface device in the microwave frequency. Well agreements between the simulation and measurement results are observed. The proposed method exhibits great flexibility in controlling the surface waves and spatial waves simultaneously. It is expected that the proposed method and dual-channel device will facilitate the manipulation of near electromagnetic or optical waves in different frequency regimes. PMID:26527420

  5. Analysis of broadcasting satellite service feeder link power control and polarization

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    Sullivan, T. M.

    1982-01-01

    Statistical analyses of carrier to interference power ratios (C/Is) were performed in assessing 17.5 GHz feeder links using (1) fixed power and power control, and (2) orthogonal linear and orthogonal circular polarizations. The analysis methods and attenuation/depolarization data base were based on CCIR findings to the greatest possible extent. Feeder links using adaptive power control were found to neither cause or suffer significant C/I degradation relative to that for fixed power feeder links having similar or less stringent availability objectives. The C/Is for sharing between orthogonal linearly polarized feeder links were found to be significantly higher than those for circular polarization only in links to nominally colocated satellites from nominally colocated Earth stations in high attenuation environments.

  6. JAGGED controls Arabidopsis petal growth and shape by interacting with a divergent polarity field.

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    Sauret-Güeto, Susanna; Schiessl, Katharina; Bangham, Andrew; Sablowski, Robert; Coen, Enrico

    2013-01-01

    A flowering plant generates many different organs such as leaves, petals, and stamens, each with a particular function and shape. These types of organ are thought to represent variations on a common underlying developmental program. However, it is unclear how this program is modulated under different selective constraints to generate the diversity of forms observed. Here we address this problem by analysing the development of Arabidopsis petals and comparing the results to models of leaf development. We show that petal development involves a divergent polarity field with growth rates perpendicular to local polarity increasing towards the distal end of the petal. The hypothesis is supported by the observed pattern of clones induced at various stages of development and by analysis of polarity markers, which show a divergent pattern. We also show that JAGGED (JAG) has a key role in promoting distal enhancement of growth rates and influences the extent of the divergent polarity field. Furthermore, we reveal links between the polarity field and auxin function: auxin-responsive markers such as DR5 have a broader distribution along the distal petal margin, consistent with the broad distal organiser of polarity, and PETAL LOSS (PTL), which has been implicated in the control of auxin dynamics during petal initiation, is directly repressed by JAG. By comparing these results with those from studies on leaf development, we show how simple modifications of an underlying developmental system may generate distinct forms, providing flexibility for the evolution of different organ functions. PMID:23653565

  7. Developments in Polarization and Energy Control of APPLE-II Undulators at Diamond Light Source

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    Longhi, E. C.; Bencok, P.; Dobrynin, A.; Rial, E. C. M.; Rose, A.; Steadman, P.; Thompson, C.; Thomson, A.; Wang, H.

    2013-03-01

    A pair of 2m long APPLE-II type undulators have been built for the I10 BLADE beamline at Diamond Light Source. These 48mm period devices have gap as well as four moveable phase axes which provide the possibility to produce the full range of elliptical polarizations as well as linear polarization tilted through a full 180deg. The mechanical layout chosen has a 'master and slave' arrangement of the phase axes on the top and bottom. This arrangement allows the use of symmetries to provide operational ease for both changing energy using only the master phase while keeping fixed linear horizontal or circular polarization, as well as changing linear polarization angle while keeping fixed energy [1]. The design allows very fast motion of the master phase arrays, without sacrifice of accuracy, allowing the possibility of mechanical polarization switching at 1Hz for dichroism experiments. We present the mechanical design features of these devices, as well as the results of magnetic measurements and shimming from before installation. Finally, we present the results of characterization of these devices by the beamline, including polarimetry, which has been done on the various modes of motion to control energy and polarization. These modes of operation have been available to users since 2011.

  8. Q-plates as higher order polarization controllers for orbital angular momentum modes of fiber.

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    Gregg, P; Mirhosseini, M; Rubano, A; Marrucci, L; Karimi, E; Boyd, R W; Ramachandran, S

    2015-04-15

    We demonstrate that a |q|=1/2 plate, in conjunction with appropriate polarization optics, can selectively and switchably excite all linear combinations of the first radial mode order |l|=1 orbital angular momentum (OAM) fiber modes. This enables full mapping of free-space polarization states onto fiber vector modes, including the radially (TM) and azimuthally polarized (TE) modes. The setup requires few optical components and can yield mode purities as high as ∼30  dB. Additionally, just as a conventional fiber polarization controller creates arbitrary elliptical polarization states to counteract fiber birefringence and yield desired polarizations at the output of a single-mode fiber, q-plates disentangle degenerate state mixing effects between fiber OAM states to yield pure states, even after long-length fiber propagation. We thus demonstrate the ability to switch dynamically, potentially at ∼GHz rates, between OAM modes, or create desired linear combinations of them. We envision applications in fiber-based lasers employing vector or OAM mode outputs, as well as communications networking schemes exploiting spatial modes for higher dimensional encoding. PMID:25872059

  9. Spin-Polarization Control in a Two-Dimensional Semiconductor

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    Appelbaum, Ian; Li, Pengke

    2016-05-01

    Long carrier spin lifetimes are a double-edged sword for the prospect of constructing "spintronic" logic devices: Preservation of the logic variable within the transport channel or interconnect is essential to successful completion of the logic operation, but any spins remaining past this event will pollute the environment for subsequent clock cycles. Electric fields can be used to manipulate these spins on a fast time scale by careful interplay of spin-orbit effects, but efficient controlled depolarization can only be completely achieved with amenable materials properties. Taking III-VI monochalcogenide monolayers as an example 2D semiconductor, we use symmetry analysis, perturbation theory, and ensemble calculation to show how this longstanding problem can be solved by suitable manipulation of conduction electrons.

  10. Temperature-dependent remote control of polarization and coherence intensity with sender's pure initial state

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    Fel'dman, E. B.; Kuznetsova, E. I.; Zenchuk, A. I.

    2016-03-01

    We study the remote creation of the polarization and intensity of the first-order coherence (or coherence intensity) in long spin-1/2 chains with one-qubit sender and receiver. Therewith we use a physically motivated initial condition with the pure state of the sender and the thermodynamical equilibrium state of the other nodes. The main part of the creatable region is a one-to-one map of the initial state (control) parameters, except the small subregion twice covered by the control parameters, which appears owing to the chosen initial state. The polarization and coherence intensity behave differently in the state creation process. In particular, the coherence intensity cannot reach any significant value unless the polarization is large in long chains (unlike the short ones), but the opposite is not true. The coherence intensity vanishes with an increase in the chain length, while the polarization (by absolute value) is not sensitive to this parameter. We represent several characteristics of the creatable polarization and coherence intensity and describe their relation to the parameters of the initial state. The link to the eigenvalue-eigenvector parametrization of the receiver's state space is given.

  11. Color controllable polarization entanglement generation in optical fiber at telecommunication wavelengths.

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    Karmakar, Sanjit; Meyers, Ronald E

    2015-08-10

    This article proposes a polarized entangled photon source in optical fiber with low Raman noise that features the controllable generation of specific signal and idler wavelengths (colors) by varying the pump power. The novel two color source can provide needed telecom entangled photon wavelengths for applications in quantum communications, quantum computing, and quantum imaging. PMID:26367913

  12. Polarization aberration control for hyper-NA lithographic projection optics at design stage

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    Liu, Xiaolin; Li, Yanqiu; Liu, Ke

    2015-08-01

    For hyper numerical aperture (NA) lithographic projection optics, not only scalar aberration but also polarization aberration (PA) should be controlled. Optical interfaces, coatings and intrinsic birefringence of lens materials can induce polarization aberration, so they cannot be ignored at design phase. There are few comprehensive and systematic studies on PA control at design phase for lithographic optics. In this paper, a lithographic projection lens with 1.2 of NA is designed, the root-mean-square of scalar aberration reach 1nm. For PA control of this system, firstly the influence of different subsets of polarization aberration on imaging performance is analyzed. The results indicate that the scalar transmission and diattenuation mainly cause critical dimension error (CDE), and the scalar phase and retardance mainly cause pattern placement error (PE). The results also show the diattenuation is the main controlled object in the process of PA control. Furthermore, a cooperative design strategy for PA control is proposed, which is to cooperate between custom coating design and the optimization of crystal orientation based on optical structure design. Through the cooperative design, the PA can be greatly reduced, especially diattenuation. The simulation results of the final system reveal that the dynamic range of CDE is suppressed from -12.7nm ~ +4.3nm to -0.1nm ~ +0.9nm after PA control, while keeping PE at an acceptable level.

  13. Control of antiferromagnetic domain distribution via polarization-dependent optical annealing

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    Higuchi, Takuya; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    The absence of net magnetization inside antiferromagnetic domains has made the control of their spatial distribution quite challenging. Here we experimentally demonstrate an optical method for controlling antiferromagnetic domain distributions in MnF2. Reduced crystalline symmetry can couple an order parameter with non-conjugate external stimuli. In the case of MnF2, time-reversal symmetry is macroscopically broken reflecting the different orientations of the two magnetic sublattices. Thus, it exhibits different absorption coefficients between two orthogonal linear polarizations below its antiferromagnetic transition temperature under an external magnetic field. Illumination with linearly polarized laser light under this condition selectively destructs the formation of a particular antiferromagnetic order via heating. As a result, the other antiferromagnetic order is favoured inside the laser spot, achieving spatially localized selection of an antiferromagnetic order. Applications to control of interface states at antiferromagnetic domain boundaries, exchange bias and control of spin currents are expected. PMID:26911337

  14. Control of antiferromagnetic domain distribution via polarization-dependent optical annealing.

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    Higuchi, Takuya; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    The absence of net magnetization inside antiferromagnetic domains has made the control of their spatial distribution quite challenging. Here we experimentally demonstrate an optical method for controlling antiferromagnetic domain distributions in MnF2. Reduced crystalline symmetry can couple an order parameter with non-conjugate external stimuli. In the case of MnF2, time-reversal symmetry is macroscopically broken reflecting the different orientations of the two magnetic sublattices. Thus, it exhibits different absorption coefficients between two orthogonal linear polarizations below its antiferromagnetic transition temperature under an external magnetic field. Illumination with linearly polarized laser light under this condition selectively destructs the formation of a particular antiferromagnetic order via heating. As a result, the other antiferromagnetic order is favoured inside the laser spot, achieving spatially localized selection of an antiferromagnetic order. Applications to control of interface states at antiferromagnetic domain boundaries, exchange bias and control of spin currents are expected. PMID:26911337

  15. Phase control of semi-polar (112¯2) and non-polar (112¯0) GaN on cone shaped r-plane patterned sapphire substrates

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    Wang, Mei-Tan; Brunner, Frank; Liao, Kuan-Yung; Li, Yun-Li; Tseng, Snow H.; Weyers, Markus

    2013-05-01

    The control of formation of semi-polar (112¯2) and nonpolar a-plane (112¯0) GaN phases on r-plane cone shaped patterned sapphire substrates (CPSS) by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy has been investigated. With a nucleation layer grown at 535 °C and 200 mbar, only semi-polar (112¯2) GaN is formed. Increasing the nucleation layer temperature to 965 °C, only (112¯0) GaN is grown at 200 mbar. At reduced reactor pressure of 60 mbar, phase selectivity breaks down and semi-polar (112¯2) and non-polar (112¯0) GaN exist simultaneously. The crystalline quality of a-plane GaN on r-plane CPSS can be effectively improved using optimized growth direction control.

  16. Domain stability and polar-vortex transformations controlled by mechanical loads in soft ferromagnetic nanodots

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    Sheng, Qiang; Liu, X. L.; Chen, W. J.; Xiong, W. M.; Jiang, G. L.; Zheng, Yue

    2016-03-01

    Phase field simulations are performed to investigate the domain structures of soft ferromagnetic nanodots. It is found that the stability of the domain state is sensitive to its lateral dimensions. As the lateral dimensions increase, the stable domain state gradually changes from polar to vortex, with a transitional region where both the two ordered states are stable. Interestingly, the phase diagram is also a strong function of mechanical loads. By appropriately choosing the lateral dimensions, transformations between polar and vortex states can be induced or controlled by mechanical loads. The study provides instructive information for the applications of ferromagnetic nanostructures.

  17. Controlling enhancement and suppression of four-wave mixing via polarized light

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    Li Changbiao; Zhang Yanpeng; Nie Zhiqiang; Du Yigang; Wang Ruimin; Song Jianping; Xiao Min

    2010-03-15

    We show that the four-wave mixing (FWM) processes in a multi-Zeeman level atomic system can be enhanced and suppressed by changing the polarization of one of the pump beams. Different polarization states of the pump beams will act on different transition pathways among the multi-Zeeman levels with different transition strengths, which affect the FWM efficiencies. An additional dress field applied to the adjacent transition can cause energy level splitting and therefore control the enhancement and suppression of the FWM processes in the system. The experimental results are in good agreement with our theoretical calculations.

  18. Control of light polarization using optically spin-injected vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Frougier, J. Jaffrès, H.; Deranlot, C.; George, J.-M.; Baili, G.; Dolfi, D.; Alouini, M.; Sagnes, I.; Garnache, A.

    2013-12-16

    We fabricated and characterized an optically pumped (100)-oriented InGaAs/GaAsP multiple quantum well Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL). The structure is designed to allow the integration of a Metal-Tunnel-Junction ferromagnetic spin-injector for future electrical injection. We report here the control at room temperature of the electromagnetic field polarization using optical spin injection in the active medium of the VECSEL. The switching between two highly circular polarization states had been demonstrated using an M-shaped extended cavity in multi-modes lasing. This result witnesses an efficient spin-injection in the active medium of the LASER.

  19. Control of polarization and dipole moment in low-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures

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    Li, L. H.; Ridha, P.; Mexis, M.; Smowton, P. M.; Blood, P.; Bozkurt, M.; Koenraad, P. M.; Patriarche, G.

    2009-11-30

    We demonstrate the control of polarization and dipole moment in semiconductor nanostructures, through nanoscale engineering of shape and composition. Rodlike nanostructures, elongated along the growth direction, are obtained by molecular beam epitaxial growth. By varying the aspect ratio and compositional contrast between the rod and the surrounding matrix, we rotate the polarization of the dominant interband transition from transverse-electric to transverse-magnetic, and modify the dipole moment producing a radical change in the voltage dependence of absorption spectra. This opens the way to the optimization of quantum dot amplifiers and electro-optical modulators.

  20. Control of light polarization using optically spin-injected vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Frougier, J.; Baili, G.; Alouini, M.; Sagnes, I.; Jaffrs, H.; Garnache, A.; Deranlot, C.; Dolfi, D.; George, J.-M.

    2013-12-01

    We fabricated and characterized an optically pumped (100)-oriented InGaAs/GaAsP multiple quantum well Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL). The structure is designed to allow the integration of a Metal-Tunnel-Junction ferromagnetic spin-injector for future electrical injection. We report here the control at room temperature of the electromagnetic field polarization using optical spin injection in the active medium of the VECSEL. The switching between two highly circular polarization states had been demonstrated using an M-shaped extended cavity in multi-modes lasing. This result witnesses an efficient spin-injection in the active medium of the LASER.

  1. Electron-beam-pumped VCSEL light source for projection display

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    Tiberi, Michael D.; Kozlovsky, Vladimir I.

    2005-04-01

    An electron beam pumped vertical cavity laser, or an "eVCSEL", has been developed as a low-cost light source for LCOS and DLP based consumer television. 1000 lumens directed towards the spatial light modulator requires a total power of 144 watts for lasers in the three primary colors. This power surplus allows for high screen brightness for rear projection televisions of diagonals greater than 50 inches and eliminates the need for high gain screens with the benefit of larger viewing angles. Because of the high saturation of laser light, a color gamut approaching that of the human visual system is possible, creating superior image reproduction.

  2. 960-km SSMF transmission of 105.7-Gb/s PDM 3-PAM using directly modulated VCSELs and coherent detection.

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    Xie, Chongjin; Dong, Po; Winzer, Peter; Gréus, C; Ortsiefer, M; Neumeyr, C; Spiga, Silvia; Müller, Michael; Amann, M-C

    2013-05-01

    We generate a 105.7-Gb/s signal by directly modulating a 1.5-µm VCSEL with a 33.35-Gbaud 3-level signal and polarization multiplexing. By using digital coherent detection, we successfully transmit the 105.7-Gb/s line rate (88.10 Gb/s net bit rate) signal over 960-km standard single-mode-fiber (SSMF) at a 20% hard-decision forward-error correction (FEC) threshold, which is at bit-error ratio (BER) of 1.5 x 10(-2) PMID:23670015

  3. Magnetic control of transverse electric polarization in BiFeO₃.

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    Tokunaga, M; Akaki, M; Ito, T; Miyahara, S; Miyake, A; Kuwahara, H; Furukawa, N

    2015-01-01

    Numerous attempts have been made to realize crossed coupling between ferroelectricity and magnetism in multiferroic materials at room temperature. BiFeO3 is the most extensively studied multiferroic material that shows multiferroicity at temperatures significantly above room temperature. Here we present high-field experiments on high-quality mono-domain BiFeO3 crystals reveal substantial electric polarization orthogonal to the widely recognized one along the trigonal c axis. This novel polarization appears to couple with the domains of the cycloidal spin order and, hence, can be controlled using magnetic fields. The transverse polarization shows the non-volatile memory effect at least up to 300 K. PMID:25575377

  4. Electrostatic control of polarity of α-MoTe2 transistors with dual top gates

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    Nakaharai, Shu; Yamamoto, Mahito; Ueno, Keiji; Lin, Yen-Fu; Li, Song-Lin; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2015-03-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides have been expected for future applications in nanoelectronics due to their unique features of the atomically-thin structure. Using semiconducting α-molybdenum ditelluride (α-MoTe2) , we realized field effect transistors (FETs) in which the polarity (n- or p-type) can be electrostatically controlled without impurity doping. The fabricated device had a pair of top gates (aluminum electrode on silicon dioxide) attached in series with a gap length of 100 nm in between. We experimentally performed transistor operations in both n-FET and p-FET modes in a single device by changing the voltage applied to one of the two top gates, which determined the transistor polarity, and sweeping the bias of the other gate. The demonstrated reversibility of the transistor polarity will contribute to the renovated architecture of logic circuits with lower numbers of transistors and hence the lower power consumption than the conventional technology.

  5. Atypical Cadherins Dachsous and Fat Control Dynamics of Noncentrosomal Microtubules in Planar Cell Polarity

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    Harumoto, Toshiyuki; Ito, Masayoshi; Shimada, Yuko; Kobayashi, Tetsuya J.; Ueda, Hiroki R.; Lu, Bingwei; Uemura, Tadashi

    2010-01-01

    Summary How global organ asymmetry and individual cell polarity are connected to each other is a central question in studying planar cell polarity (PCP). In the Drosophila wing, which develops PCP along its proximal-distal (P-D) axis, we previously proposed that the core PCP mediator Frizzled redistributes distally in a microtubule (MT)-dependent manner. Here we performed organ-wide analysis of MT dynamics by introducing quantitative in vivo imaging. We observed MTs aligning along the P-D axis at the onset of redistribution and a small but significant excess of + ends-distal MTs in the proximal region of the wing. This characteristic alignment and asymmetry of MT growth was controlled by atypical cadherins Dachsous (Ds) and Fat (Ft). Furthermore, the action of Ft was mediated in part by PAR-1. All these data support the idea that the active reorientation of MT growth adjusts cell polarity along the organ axis. PMID:20817616

  6. A Tunable Dispersion-Free Terahertz Metadevice with Pancharatnam-Berry-Phase-Enabled Modulation and Polarization Control.

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    Cong, Longqing; Xu, Ningning; Han, Jiaguang; Zhang, Weili; Singh, Ranjan

    2015-11-01

    It is extremely challenging to control the phase of light at will in free space. Here, Pancharatnam-Berry-phase-enabled, tunable phase control of free-space light is experimentally demonstrated in an ultrathin flexible dispersion-free metadevice. This metadevice enables the broadband conversion of linearly polarized light into any desired output polarization. PMID:26421902

  7. Final report on LDRD project : narrow-linewidth VCSELs for atomic microsystems.

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    Chow, Weng Wah; Geib, Kent Martin; Peake, Gregory Merwin; Serkland, Darwin Keith

    2011-09-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are well suited for emerging photonic microsystems due to their low power consumption, ease of integration with other optical components, and single frequency operation. However, the typical VCSEL linewidth of 100 MHz is approximately ten times wider than the natural linewidth of atoms used in atomic beam clocks and trapped atom research, which degrades or completely destroys performance in those systems. This report documents our efforts to reduce VCSEL linewidths below 10 MHz to meet the needs of advanced sub-Doppler atomic microsystems, such as cold-atom traps. We have investigated two complementary approaches to reduce VCSEL linewidth: (A) increasing the laser-cavity quality factor, and (B) decreasing the linewidth enhancement factor (alpha) of the optical gain medium. We have developed two new VCSEL devices that achieved increased cavity quality factors: (1) all-semiconductor extended-cavity VCSELs, and (2) micro-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (MECSELs). These new VCSEL devices have demonstrated linewidths below 10 MHz, and linewidths below 1 MHz seem feasible with further optimization.

  8. Final report on LDRD project :leaky-mode VCSELs for photonic logic circuits.

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    Hargett, Terry W.; Hadley, G. Ronald; Serkland, Darwin Keith; Blansett, Ethan L.; Geib, Kent Martin; Sullivan, Charles Thomas; Keeler, Gordon Arthur; Bauer, Thomas; Ongstand, Andrea; Medrano, Melissa R.; Peake, Gregory Merwin; Montano, Victoria A.

    2005-11-01

    This report describes the research accomplishments achieved under the LDRD Project ''Leaky-mode VCSELs for photonic logic circuits''. Leaky-mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) offer new possibilities for integration of microcavity lasers to create optical microsystems. A leaky-mode VCSEL output-couples light laterally, in the plane of the semiconductor wafer, which allows the light to interact with adjacent lasers, modulators, and detectors on the same wafer. The fabrication of leaky-mode VCSELs based on effective index modification was proposed and demonstrated at Sandia in 1999 but was not adequately developed for use in applications. The aim of this LDRD has been to advance the design and fabrication of leaky-mode VCSELs to the point where initial applications can be attempted. In the first and second years of this LDRD we concentrated on overcoming previous difficulties in the epitaxial growth and fabrication of these advanced VCSELs. In the third year, we focused on applications of leaky-mode VCSELs, such as all-optical processing circuits based on gain quenching.

  9. New markets for VCSELS: pulsed operation of high-power devices

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    Grabherr, Martin; Miller, Michael; Wiedenmann, Dieter; Jäger, Roland; King, Roger

    2007-02-01

    Driving basic VCSEL technology in the '90, datacom has been the first volume market for various VCSEL products. The downturn in 2001 can be regarded as a point in time, when engineers both from VCSEL manufacturers and nondatacom users started to identify VCSEL technology as a very promising laser source platform for many other applications. Dedicated spectroscopy laser sources based on VCSEL technology, e.g. for oxygen sensing [1], have proven their competitiveness in industrial applications. The most prosepective consumer market of human-machineinterfaces like laser mice has shown the huge potential of the VCSEL technology in low costs, high volume applications, even given extreme technical performance specifications [2]. Just as a consequence, VCSELs are now penetrating into the next potential volume markets, where unique properties of this technology is requested: High power pulsed laser applications, where low cost is a key factor for market entry. In this paper we discuss a suitable semiconductor technology platform, assembly solutions, selected applications and their market potential as well as performance and reliability data. From small footprint of 0.3 mm2 and 0.11 mm2 peak output powers of 0.7 W and more than 6 W at 850 nm wavelength are shown at 30 μs and 30 ns pulse widths, respectively.

  10. Control of cell polarity by noncanonical Wnt signaling in C. elegans.

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    Herman, Michael A

    2002-06-01

    The three Caenorhabditis elegans beta-catenin each function in distinct processes: BAR-1 in canonical Wnt signaling that controls cell fates and cell migrations, HMP-2 in cell adhesion and WRM-1 in Wnt signaling pathways that function in conjunction with a mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK) pathway to control the orientations, or cell polarities, of cells that undergo asymmetric cell divisions. In addition, WRM-1 does not interact with the canonical beta-catenin binding site in POP-1/Tcf. Thus, Wnt signaling through WRM-1 is noncanonical and, except for one division that might not include any of the three C. elegans beta-catenin, controls cell polarity in C. elegans. PMID:12137732

  11. Ultrathin planar chiral metasurface for controlling gradient phase discontinuities of circularly polarized waves

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    Liu, Yahong; Zhou, Xin; Song, Kun; Wang, Mei; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2015-09-01

    We develop a gradient phase discontinuities ultrathin planar metasurface based on chiral branched gammadion structure (CBGS) that provides extreme control of electromagnetic wavefronts across single-sheet design. The introduction of the branch can provide antiparallel magnetic moment, which tunes the chirality of the CBGS. In the CBGS metasurface, the transmission phase of a circularly polarized wave can be varied from  -180° to +180°. We experimentally demonstrate a beam-refracting CBGS metasurface with refracting a normally incident plane wave to an angle of 17°. The performances of the proposed metasurface at oblique incidence are also presented. The CBGS metasurface can find a wide range of applications over the entire electromagnetic spectrum including single-surface lenses, fully controlling light in direction, and polarization controlling devices.

  12. Coherent laser control in attosecond sum-frequency polarization beats using twin noisy driving fields

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    Zhang, Yanpeng; Gan, Chenli; Song, Jianping; Yu, Xiaojun; Ma, Ruiqiong; Ge, Hao; Li, Chuangshe; Lu, Keqing

    2005-02-01

    Based on the phase-conjugate polarization interference between two-pathway excitations, we obtained an analytic closed form for the second-order or fourth-order Markovian stochastic correlation of the V three-level sum-frequency polarization beat (SFPB) in attosecond scale. Novel interferometric oscillatory behavior is exposed in terms of radiation-radiation, radiation-matter, and matter-matter polarization beats. The phase-coherent control of the light beams in the SFPB is subtle. When the laser has broadband linewidth, the homodyne detected SFPB signal shows resonant-nonresonant cross correlation, a drastic difference for three Markovian stochastic fields, and the autocorrelation of the SFPB exhibits hybrid radiation-matter detuning terahertz damping oscillation. As an attosecond ultrafast modulation process, it can be extended intrinsically to any sum frequency of energy levels. It has been also found that the asymmetric behaviors of the polarization beat signals due to the unbalanced controllable dispersion effects between the two arms of interferometer do not affect the overall accuracy in case using the SFPB to measure the Doppler-free energy-level sum of two excited states.

  13. Improved PHIP polarization using a precision, low noise, voltage controlled current source.

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    Agraz, Jose; Grunfeld, Alexander; Cunningham, Karl; Li, Debiao; Wagner, Shawn

    2013-10-01

    Existing para-hydrogen induced polarization (PHIP) instrumentation relies on magnetic fields to hyperpolarize substances. These hyperpolarized substances have enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals over 10,000 fold, allowing for MRI at the molecular level. Required magnetic fields are generated by energizing a solenoid coil with current produced by a voltage controlled voltage source (VCVS), also known as a power supply. A VCVS lacks the current regulation necessary to keep magnetic field fluctuations to a minimum, which results in low PHIP polarization. A voltage controlled current source (VCCS) is an electric circuit that generates a steady flow of electrons proportional to an input voltage. A low noise VCCS provides the solenoid current flow regulation necessary to generate a stable static magnetic field (Bo). We discuss the design and implementation of a low noise, high stability, VCCS for magnetic field generation with minimum variations. We show that a precision, low noise, voltage reference driving a metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) based current sink, results in the current flow control necessary for generating a low noise and high stability Bo. In addition, this work: (1) compares current stability for ideal VCVS and VCCS models using transfer functions (TF), (2) develops our VCCS design's TF, (3) measures our VCCS design's thermal & 1/f noise, and (4) measures and compares hydroxyethyl-propionate (HEP) polarization obtained using a VCVS and our VCCS. The hyperpolarization of HEP was done using a PHIP instrument developed in our lab. Using our VCCS design, HEP polarization magnitude data show a statistically significant increase in polarization over using a VCVS. Circuit schematic, bill of materials, board layout, TF derivation, and Matlab simulations code are included as supplemental files. PMID:23988431

  14. Improved PHIP polarization using a precision, low noise, voltage controlled current source

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    Agraz, Jose; Grunfeld, Alexander; Cunningham, Karl; Li, Debiao; Wagner, Shawn

    2013-10-01

    Existing para-hydrogen induced polarization (PHIP) instrumentation relies on magnetic fields to hyperpolarize substances. These hyperpolarized substances have enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals over 10,000 fold, allowing for MRI at the molecular level. Required magnetic fields are generated by energizing a solenoid coil with current produced by a voltage controlled voltage source (VCVS), also known as a power supply. A VCVS lacks the current regulation necessary to keep magnetic field fluctuations to a minimum, which results in low PHIP polarization. A voltage controlled current source (VCCS) is an electric circuit that generates a steady flow of electrons proportional to an input voltage. A low noise VCCS provides the solenoid current flow regulation necessary to generate a stable static magnetic field (Bo). We discuss the design and implementation of a low noise, high stability, VCCS for magnetic field generation with minimum variations. We show that a precision, low noise, voltage reference driving a metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) based current sink, results in the current flow control necessary for generating a low noise and high stability Bo. In addition, this work: (1) compares current stability for ideal VCVS and VCCS models using transfer functions (TF), (2) develops our VCCS design's TF, (3) measures our VCCS design's thermal & 1/f noise, and (4) measures and compares hydroxyethyl-propionate (HEP) polarization obtained using a VCVS and our VCCS. The hyperpolarization of HEP was done using a PHIP instrument developed in our lab. Using our VCCS design, HEP polarization magnitude data show a statistically significant increase in polarization over using a VCVS. Circuit schematic, bill of materials, board layout, TF derivation, and Matlab simulations code are included as supplemental files.

  15. Quantum dot photonics: edge emitter, amplifier and VCSEL

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    Hopfer, F.; Kuntz, M.; Lämmlin, M.; Fiol, G.; Ledentsov, N. N.; Kovsh, A. R.; Mikrin, S. S.; Kaiander, I.; Haisler, V.; Lochmann, A.; Mutig, A.; Schubert, C.; Umbach, A.; Ustinov, V. M.; Pohl, U. W.; Bimberg, D.

    2008-03-01

    Low transparency current density and improved temperature stability with a large characteristic temperature T0 > 650 K up to 80 °C are demonstrated for 1.3 μm MBE grown InGaAs quantum dot (QD) edge emitting lasers. Digital modulation with an open eye pattern up to 12 Gb/s at room temperature and bit error rate below 10-12 for 10 Gb/s modulation was realized for this wavelength. Semiconductor optical amplifiers based on InGaAs QD gain media achieved a chip gain of 26 dB. A conventionally doped semiconductor DBR QD-VCSEL containing 17 p-modulation doped QD layers demonstrated a cw output power of 1.8 mW and a differential efficiency of 20 % at 20 °C. The maximum -3dB modulation bandwidth at 25 °C was 3 GHz. First MOCVD-grown QD-VCSELs with selectively oxidized DBRs and 9 QD-layers were realized, emitting at 1.1 μm. A cw multimode output power of 1.5 mW, 6 mW in pulsed operation, and an cw external efficiency of 45 % were achieved at 20 °C. The minimum threshold current of a device with 2 μm aperture was 85 μA.

  16. Integration of LEDs and VCSELs using fluidic self-assembly

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    Talghader, Joseph J.

    1998-04-01

    In this paper the integration of LEDs and VCSELs with silicon electronics using fluidic self-assembly (FSA) is reviewed. FSA is a micromechanical technique in which devices fabricated in one substrate can be integrated with systems on a target substrate. The devices to be integrated are etched into shapes or 'blocks' that match receptor sites or 'holes' in the target substrate. After etching, the blocks are suspended in a slurry. This slurry is placed in a recirculation pump along with the target substrate. The pump moves the slurry over the target substrate where the blocks fall into the holes or are swept off the substrate to be circulated again. FSA has been demonstrated with yields > 99 percent for devices of 30 micrometers and larger. Smaller devices have yet to be tested. A five mask process has been developed that successfully integrates GaAs/AlGaAs LEDs and VCSELs on silicon. The critical steps are: 1) etching the receptor sites in the silicon, 2) isolating the sites from the remainder of the substrate, and 3) bonding/contacting the blocks after assembly. The latter bonding step involves thin film metal multilayers on the block and in the receptor that form a hard solder after a low temperature bake step. The remaining steps of planarizing and interconnecting the devices are similar to those used for VLSI.

  17. Transverse Mode Dynamics of VCSELs Undergoing Current Modulation

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    Goorjian, Peter M.; Ning, C. Z.; Agrawal, Govind

    2000-01-01

    Transverse mode dynamics of a 20-micron-diameter vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) undergoing gain switching by deep current modulation is studied numerically. The direct current (dc) level is set slightly below threshold and is modulated by a large alternating current (ac). The resulting optical pulse train and transverse-mode patterns are obtained numerically. The ac frequency is varied from 2.5 GHz to 10 GHz, and the ac amplitude is varied from one-half to four times that of the dc level. At high modulation frequencies, a regular pulse train is not generated unless the ac amplitude is large enough. At all modulation frequencies, the transverse spatial profile switches from single-mode to multiple-mode pattern as the ac pumping level is increased. Optical pulse widths vary in the range 5-30 ps. with the pulse width decreasing when either the frequency is increased or the ac amplitude is decreased. The numerical modeling uses an approximation form of the semiconductor Maxwell-Bloch equations. Temporal evolution of the spatial profiles of the laser (and of carrier density) is determined without any assumptions about the type or number of modes. Keywords: VCSELs, current modulation, gain switching, transverse mode dynamics, computational modeling

  18. Compliant heterogeneous assemblies of micro-VCSELs as a new materials platform for integrated optoelectronics

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    Kang, Dongseok; Lee, Sung-Min; Kwong, Anthony; Yoon, Jongseung

    2015-03-01

    Despite many unique advantages, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have been available mostly on rigid, planar wafers over restricted areas, thereby limiting their usage for applications that can benefit from large-scale, programmable assemblies, hybrid integration with dissimilar materials and devices, or mechanically flexible constructions. Here, materials design and fabrication strategies that address these limitations of conventional VCSELs are presented. Specialized design of epitaxial materials and etching processes, together with printing-based deterministic assemblies and substrate thermal engineering, enabled defect-free release of microscale VCSELs and their device- and circuit-level implementation on non-native, flexible substrates with performance comparable to devices on the growth substrate.

  19. VCSEL modeling with self-consistent models: From simple approximations to comprehensive numerical analysis

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    Dems, Maciej; Beling, Piotr; Gebski, Marcin; Piskorski, Łukasz; Walczak, Jarosław; Kuc, Maciej; Frasunkiewicz, Leszek; Wasiak, Michał; Sarzała, Robert; Czyszanowski, Tomasz

    2015-03-01

    In the talk we show the process of modeling complete physical properties of VCSELs and we present a step-by-step development of its complete multi-physics model, gradually improving its accuracy. Then we introduce high contrast gratings to the VCSEL design, which strongly complicates its optical modeling, making the comprehensive multi-physics VCSEL simulation a challenging task. We show, however, that a proper choice of a self-consistent simulation algorithm can still make such a simulation a feasible one, which is necessary for an efficient optimization of the laser prior to its costly manufacturing.

  20. Heterogeneously-integrated VCSEL using high-contrast grating on silicon

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    Ferrara, James; Zhu, Li; Yang, Weijian; Qiao, Pengfei; Chang-Hasnain, Connie J.

    2015-02-01

    We present a unique heterogeneous integration approach for VCSELs on silicon using eutectic bonding. An electrically pumped III-V - silicon heterogeneous VCSEL is demonstrated using a high-contrast grating (HCG) reflector on silicon. CW output power >1.5 mW, thermal resistance of 1.46 K/mW, and 5 Gb/s direct modulation is demonstrated. We also explore the possibility of an all-HCG VCSEL structure that would benefit from stronger thermal performance, larger tuning efficiency, and higher direct modulation speeds.

  1. Twisted optical-fiber-based acousto-optic tunable filter controlled by the flexural acoustic polarization

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    Park, Hyun Chul; Lee, Kwang Jo

    2015-08-01

    The spectral characteristics of twisted fiber-based acousto-optic filters are theoretically investigated. The influences of three types of flexural acoustic polarization states — linear, circular, and elliptical polarizations — on filter spectra are studied under realistic experimental conditions: a fiber length of 5 - 20 cm and a circumferential fiber twist angle of < 12 π. We will analytically show that either a single- or a dual-resonance filter spectrum is achievable depending on the input polarization state of applied acoustic waves and that the spectral position of each resonance peak can be scanned continuously and linearly in the wavelength domain by using the fiber twist. The feasible spectral tuning range of the resonances is calculated to > 80 nm for a twist angle of 12 π. We will describe how the transmission of each resonance peak can also be selectively tuned by adjusting the ellipticity of the input acoustic polarization from linear to circular. The results illustrate that our approach exploiting a combination of the fiber twist and acoustic polarization management offers an excellent route to the spectral shaping of all-fiber acousto-optic devices in that the transmission of multiple resonances, as well as their spectral positions, are readily and individually controllable in a single device configuration. In addition, we also propose a novel cosine apodization method to suppress the undesirable sidelobe spectra occurring between the dual resonance peaks. The technique is based on a cosine modulation of the AO coupling strength along the fiber, which is achieved by using a combination of the fiber's circumferential twist and the linear acoustic polarization. The proposed scheme is useful to minimize the crosstalk occurring between adjacent resonance peaks. We highlight that our approach is directly applicable to matched filtering as robust, adaptable, stable, and versatile optical filters.

  2. Phase-controllable spin wave generation in iron garnet by linearly polarized light pulses

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    Yoshimine, Isao; Iida, Ryugo; Shimura, Tsutomu; Satoh, Takuya; Stupakiewicz, Andrzej; Maziewski, Andrzej

    2014-07-28

    A phase-controlled spin wave was non-thermally generated in bismuth-doped rare-earth iron garnet by linearly polarized light pulses. We controlled the initial phase of the spin wave continuously within a range of 180° by changing the polarization azimuth of the excitation light. The azimuth dependences of the initial phase and amplitude of the spin wave were attributed to a combination of the inverse Cotton-Mouton effect and photoinduced magnetic anisotropy. Temporally and spatially resolved spin wave propagation was observed with a CCD camera, and the waveform was in good agreement with calculations. A nonlinear effect of the spin excitation was observed for excitation fluences higher than 100 mJ/cm{sup 2}.

  3. Controlling the state of polarization via optical nanoantenna feeding with surface plasmon polaritons

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    Xie, Yu-Bo; Liu, Zheng-Yang; Wang, Qian-Jin; Sun, Guang-Hou; Zhang, Xue-Jin; Zhu, Yong-Yuan

    2016-03-01

    Optical nanoantennas, usually referring to metal structures with localized surface plasmon resonance, could efficiently convert confined optical energy to free-space light, and vice versa. But it is difficult to manipulate the confined visible light energy for its nanoscale spatial extent. Here, a simple method is proposed to solve this problem by controlling surface plasmon polaritons to indirectly manipulate the localized plasmons. As a proof of principle, we demonstrate an optical rotation device which is a grating with central circular polarization optical nanoantenna. It realized the arbitrary optical rotation of linear polarized light by controlling the retard of dual surface plasmon polaritons sources from both side grating structures. Furthermore, we use a two-parameter theoretical model to explain the experimental results.

  4. Harnessing randomness to control the polarization of light transmitted through highly scattering media.

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    Tripathi, Santosh; Toussaint, Kimani C

    2014-02-24

    We show that the multiple scattering events taking place inside a highly scattering medium, in conjunction with wavefront shaping, can be used to control the state of polarization of the light transmitted through a highly scattering medium. This control is achieved by using the intensity, phase, and polarization changing behavior of a scattering medium captured by a vector transmission matrix (VTM). We use a single beam incident upon a scattering medium to measure the absolute value of the VTM elements, in contrast to the multiple beams required in our previously reported approach. Further, the phase-only spatial light modulator based on a low-cost (< US$600) deformable micro-mirror array used in our work will make similar experiments accessible to other researchers. PMID:24663764

  5. LKB1/AMPK and PKA control ABCB11 trafficking and polarization in hepatocytes.

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    Homolya, László; Fu, Dong; Sengupta, Prabuddha; Jarnik, Michal; Gillet, Jean-Pierre; Vitale-Cross, Lynn; Gutkind, J Silvio; Lippincott-Schwartz, Jennifer; Arias, Irwin M

    2014-01-01

    Polarization of hepatocytes is manifested by bile canalicular network formation and activation of LKB1 and AMPK, which control cellular energy metabolism. The bile acid, taurocholate, also regulates development of the canalicular network through activation of AMPK. In the present study, we used collagen sandwich hepatocyte cultures from control and liver-specific LKB1 knockout mice to examine the role of LKB1 in trafficking of ABCB11, the canalicular bile acid transporter. In polarized hepatocytes, ABCB11 traffics from Golgi to the apical plasma membrane and endogenously cycles through the rab 11a-myosin Vb recycling endosomal system. LKB1 knockout mice were jaundiced, lost weight and manifested impaired bile canalicular formation and intracellular trafficking of ABCB11, and died within three weeks. Using live cell imaging, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), particle tracking, and biochemistry, we found that LKB1 activity is required for microtubule-dependent trafficking of ABCB11 to the canalicular membrane. In control hepatocytes, ABCB11 trafficking was accelerated by taurocholate and cAMP; however, in LKB1 knockout hepatocytes, ABCB11 trafficking to the apical membrane was greatly reduced and restored only by cAMP, but not taurocholate. cAMP acted through a PKA-mediated pathway which did not activate AMPK. Our studies establish a regulatory role for LKB1 in ABCB11 trafficking to the canalicular membrane, hepatocyte polarization, and canalicular network formation. PMID:24643070

  6. The actin cytoskeleton may control the polar distribution of an auxin transport protein.

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    Muday, G K; Hu, S; Brady, S R

    2000-06-01

    The gravitropic bending of plants has long been linked to the changes in the transport of the plant hormone auxin. To understand the mechanism by which gravity alters auxin movement, it is critical to know how polar auxin transport is initially established. In shoots, polar auxin transport is basipetal (i.e., from the shoot apex toward the base). It is driven by the basal localization of the auxin efflux carrier complex. One mechanism for localizing this efflux carrier complex to the basal membrane may be through attachment to the actin cytoskeleton. The efflux carrier protein complex is believed to consist of several polypeptides, including a regulatory subunit that binds auxin transport inhibitors, such as naphthylphthalamic acid (NPA). Several lines of experimentation have been used to determine if the NPA binding protein interacts with actin filaments. The NPA binding protein has been shown to partition with the actin cytoskeleton during detergent extraction. Agents that specifically alter the polymerization state of the actin cytoskeleton change the amount of NPA binding protein and actin recovered in these cytoskeletal pellets. Actin-affinity columns were prepared with polymers of actin purified from zucchini hypocotyl tissue. NPA binding activity was eluted in a single peak from the actin filament column. Cytochalasin D, which fragments the actin cytoskeleton, was shown to reduce polar auxin transport in zucchini hypocotyls. The interaction of the NPA binding protein with the actin cytoskeleton may localize it in one plane of the plasma membrane, and thereby control the polarity of auxin transport. PMID:11543284

  7. Dynamic control of polarization-inverted modes in three-dimensionally trapped multiple nanogaps

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    Tamura, Mamoru; Iida, Takuya

    2015-12-28

    We propose a guiding principle for the dynamic control of polarization-inverted modes in multiple nanogaps for unconventional optical transitions of molecules at arbitrary three-dimensional spatial positions. Based on our developed self-consistent theory for the optical assembly of nanoparticles (NPs), we clarified that spherical silver NPs can be optically trapped and aligned in the light-propagating direction via longitudinally polarized light; they form a rod-like nano-composite with multiple nanogaps. During trapping, there is a possibility that an additional irradiation of linearly polarized far-field light may excite the bonding and anti-bonding dark plasmon modes with low radiative decay rate of several meV via cancellation of inverted polarization. Our finding reveals that not only the steep change in the enhanced intensity of light field but also the phase inversion of light field between the dynamically formed nanogaps will pave the way to the highly sensitive sensors for molecules, the unconventional chemical reactions, and so on.

  8. Dynamic control of polarization-inverted modes in three-dimensionally trapped multiple nanogaps

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    Tamura, Mamoru; Iida, Takuya

    2015-12-01

    We propose a guiding principle for the dynamic control of polarization-inverted modes in multiple nanogaps for unconventional optical transitions of molecules at arbitrary three-dimensional spatial positions. Based on our developed self-consistent theory for the optical assembly of nanoparticles (NPs), we clarified that spherical silver NPs can be optically trapped and aligned in the light-propagating direction via longitudinally polarized light; they form a rod-like nano-composite with multiple nanogaps. During trapping, there is a possibility that an additional irradiation of linearly polarized far-field light may excite the bonding and anti-bonding dark plasmon modes with low radiative decay rate of several meV via cancellation of inverted polarization. Our finding reveals that not only the steep change in the enhanced intensity of light field but also the phase inversion of light field between the dynamically formed nanogaps will pave the way to the highly sensitive sensors for molecules, the unconventional chemical reactions, and so on.

  9. Polarization-controllable Airy beams generated via a photoaligned director-variant liquid crystal mask

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    Wei, Bing-Yan; Chen, Peng; Hu, Wei; Ji, Wei; Zheng, Li-Yang; Ge, Shi-Jun; Ming, Yang; Chigrinov, Vladimir; Lu, Yan-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Researches on Airy beams have grown explosively since the first demonstration in 2007 due to the distinguishing properties of nondiffraction, transverse acceleration and self-healing. To date, a simple and compact approach for generating Airy beams in high quality and efficiency has remained challenging. Here, we propose and demonstrate a liquid crystal (LC) polarization Airy mask (PAM) featured by spatially variant LC azimuthal director. The PAM is fabricated through photoaligning LC via a polarization-sensitive alignment agent suophonic azo dye SD1. Thanks to the special design, a novel feature of polarization-controllable switch between dual Airy beams of orthogonal circular polarization is presented. The molecular-level continuity of LC director significantly improves the quality and efficiency of resultant Airy beams. Besides, the PAM can handle intense light due to the absence of absorptive electrodes. Additional merits of compact size, low cost and broad wavelength tolerance are also exhibited. This work settles a fundamental requirement for Airy beam applications of optical manipulations, biology science and even some uncharted territories. PMID:26626737

  10. Gate-controlled spin and valley polarization transport in a ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic/ferromagnetic silicene junction

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    Hajati, Y.; Rashidian, Z.

    2016-04-01

    We study spin and valley transport through a ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic/ferromagnetic (FNF) monolayer silicene junction in the presence of an electrostatic gate potential U and on-site potential difference Δz in the nonmagnetic region. We theoretically demonstrate that away from the band gap (no spin and valley conductances), the spin and valley polarizations of the junction show an oscillatory behaviour with U but near to it, they almost show a linear dependence with U. These oscillations are due to the phase difference of the electron wavefunctions of the spin and valley-resolved conductances that lead to chiral nature of the quasi-bound states in silicene. In particular, we find that the amplitude and frequency of the spin and valley polarizations oscillations of the junction can be tuned by varying the electrostatic gate potential U and on-site potential difference Δz. Furthermore, it is shown that by increasing the exchange energy h the amplitudes of the spin and valley polarizations oscillations suppress. Enhanced spin (valley) polarization and its control by means of the electrostatic gate potential U makes the nonmagnetic tunneling junction a suitable candidate for utilizing in valleytronics and spintronics applications.

  11. The actin cytoskeleton may control the polar distribution of an auxin transport protein

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    Muday, G. K.; Hu, S.; Brady, S. R.; Davies, E. (Principal Investigator)

    2000-01-01

    The gravitropic bending of plants has long been linked to the changes in the transport of the plant hormone auxin. To understand the mechanism by which gravity alters auxin movement, it is critical to know how polar auxin transport is initially established. In shoots, polar auxin transport is basipetal (i.e., from the shoot apex toward the base). It is driven by the basal localization of the auxin efflux carrier complex. One mechanism for localizing this efflux carrier complex to the basal membrane may be through attachment to the actin cytoskeleton. The efflux carrier protein complex is believed to consist of several polypeptides, including a regulatory subunit that binds auxin transport inhibitors, such as naphthylphthalamic acid (NPA). Several lines of experimentation have been used to determine if the NPA binding protein interacts with actin filaments. The NPA binding protein has been shown to partition with the actin cytoskeleton during detergent extraction. Agents that specifically alter the polymerization state of the actin cytoskeleton change the amount of NPA binding protein and actin recovered in these cytoskeletal pellets. Actin-affinity columns were prepared with polymers of actin purified from zucchini hypocotyl tissue. NPA binding activity was eluted in a single peak from the actin filament column. Cytochalasin D, which fragments the actin cytoskeleton, was shown to reduce polar auxin transport in zucchini hypocotyls. The interaction of the NPA binding protein with the actin cytoskeleton may localize it in one plane of the plasma membrane, and thereby control the polarity of auxin transport.

  12. Polarization-controllable Airy beams generated via a photoaligned director-variant liquid crystal mask.

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    Wei, Bing-Yan; Chen, Peng; Hu, Wei; Ji, Wei; Zheng, Li-Yang; Ge, Shi-Jun; Ming, Yang; Chigrinov, Vladimir; Lu, Yan-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Researches on Airy beams have grown explosively since the first demonstration in 2007 due to the distinguishing properties of nondiffraction, transverse acceleration and self-healing. To date, a simple and compact approach for generating Airy beams in high quality and efficiency has remained challenging. Here, we propose and demonstrate a liquid crystal (LC) polarization Airy mask (PAM) featured by spatially variant LC azimuthal director. The PAM is fabricated through photoaligning LC via a polarization-sensitive alignment agent suophonic azo dye SD1. Thanks to the special design, a novel feature of polarization-controllable switch between dual Airy beams of orthogonal circular polarization is presented. The molecular-level continuity of LC director significantly improves the quality and efficiency of resultant Airy beams. Besides, the PAM can handle intense light due to the absence of absorptive electrodes. Additional merits of compact size, low cost and broad wavelength tolerance are also exhibited. This work settles a fundamental requirement for Airy beam applications of optical manipulations, biology science and even some uncharted territories. PMID:26626737

  13. Polarization-controllable Airy beams generated via a photoaligned director-variant liquid crystal mask

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    Wei, Bing-Yan; Chen, Peng; Hu, Wei; Ji, Wei; Zheng, Li-Yang; Ge, Shi-Jun; Ming, Yang; Chigrinov, Vladimir; Lu, Yan-Qing

    2015-12-01

    Researches on Airy beams have grown explosively since the first demonstration in 2007 due to the distinguishing properties of nondiffraction, transverse acceleration and self-healing. To date, a simple and compact approach for generating Airy beams in high quality and efficiency has remained challenging. Here, we propose and demonstrate a liquid crystal (LC) polarization Airy mask (PAM) featured by spatially variant LC azimuthal director. The PAM is fabricated through photoaligning LC via a polarization-sensitive alignment agent suophonic azo dye SD1. Thanks to the special design, a novel feature of polarization-controllable switch between dual Airy beams of orthogonal circular polarization is presented. The molecular-level continuity of LC director significantly improves the quality and efficiency of resultant Airy beams. Besides, the PAM can handle intense light due to the absence of absorptive electrodes. Additional merits of compact size, low cost and broad wavelength tolerance are also exhibited. This work settles a fundamental requirement for Airy beam applications of optical manipulations, biology science and even some uncharted territories.

  14. A passively aligned VCSEL transmitter operating at fixed current over a wide temperature range.

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    Park, Jonghyun; Kim, Taeyong; Kim, Sung-Han; Kim, Sang-Bae

    2009-03-30

    We have investigated low-current operation characteristics of a passively aligned VCSEL transmitter driven at fixed "on" and "off" current over a wide temperature range. GaAs/AlGaAs-based 850-nm oxide VCSELs with the minimum threshold current of 0.79 mA at 50 masculineC and small temperature dependence of the threshold current, d(2)I(th)/dT(2), as low as 0.114 muA/ masculineC(2) have been fabricated and used for the transmitter module. The superior temperature characteristics enable fixed-current operation of the VCSEL transmitter that complies with Gigabit Ethernet standard over a wide temperature range from -20 to 120 masculineC. This result paves the way to a VCSEL transmitter featured by low-power consumption, low-cost with a simple driving circuit and passive alignment, and a wide operation temperature range. PMID:19333278

  15. High power VCSEL array pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers

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    Xiong, Yihan; Van Leeuwen, Robert; Watkins, Laurence S.; Seurin, Jean-Francois; Xu, Guoyang; Miglo, Alexander; Wang, Qing; Ghosh, Chuni

    2012-03-01

    Solid-state lasers pumped by high-power two-dimensional arrays of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) were investigated. Both end-pumping and side-pumping schemes of Nd:YAG lasers with high power kW-class 808 nm VCSEL pump modules were implemented. For one application 10 mJ blue laser pulses were obtained from a frequencydoubled actively Q-switched VCSEL-array dual side-pumped Nd:YAG laser operating at 946 nm. For another application 10 mJ green laser pulses were obtained from a frequency-doubled passively Q-switched VCSEL-array endpumped Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm. Both QCW and CW pumping schemes were investigated to achieve high average Q-switched power.

  16. Speed it up to 10 Gb/s and flip chip it: VCSEL today

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    Grabherr, Martin; Wiedenmann, Dieter; King, Roger; Jaeger, Roland; Schneider, Burghard

    2002-06-01

    Accumulation of all advantageous properties VCSELs are famous for, like low power consumption, circular low divergent beam profile, high modulation bandwidth, and scalability of monolithic arrangements, results in two-dimensional (2D) VCSEL arrays that appear as key components to reach highest aggregate bandwidths of tomorrow's parallel optical transceivers. We report on 2D VCSEL arrays, substrate emitting although operating at 850 nm and prepared for flip-chip bonding, that are well suited for the customer's needs in terms of speed, power consumption, reliability and compact integration. Based on advanced technology, our arrays target the requirements of transceivers in the OC-192 VSR and 10 Gigabit Ethernet arena. In this paper we present the basic technology, static and dynamic device characteristics as well as reliability data for a 4x12 850 nm bottom-emitting VCSEL array. A13

  17. Reliability and degradation of oxide VCSELs due to reaction to atmospheric water vapor

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    Dafinca, Alexandru; Weidberg, Anthony R.; McMahon, Steven J.; Grillo, Alexander A.; Farthouat, Philippe; Ziolkowski, Michael; Herrick, Robert W.

    2013-03-01

    850nm oxide-aperture VCSELs are susceptible to premature failure if operated while exposed to atmospheric water vapor, and not protected by hermetic packaging. The ATLAS detector in CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has had approximately 6000 channels of Parallel Optic VCSELs fielded under well-documented ambient conditions. Exact time-to-failure data has been collected on this large sample, providing for the first time actual failure data at use conditions. In addition, the same VCSELs were tested under a variety of accelerated conditions to allow us to construct a more accurate acceleration model. Failure analysis information will also be presented to show what we believe causes corrosion-related failure for such VCSELs.

  18. Earth observing system instrument pointing control modeling for polar orbiting platforms

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    Briggs, H. C.; Kia, T.; Mccabe, S. A.; Bell, C. E.

    1987-01-01

    An approach to instrument pointing control performance assessment for large multi-instrument platforms is described. First, instrument pointing requirements and reference platform control systems for the Eos Polar Platforms are reviewed. Performance modeling tools including NASTRAN models of two large platforms, a modal selection procedure utilizing a balanced realization method, and reduced order platform models with core and instrument pointing control loops added are then described. Time history simulations of instrument pointing and stability performance in response to commanded slewing of adjacent instruments demonstrates the limits of tolerable slew activity. Simplified models of rigid body responses are also developed for comparison. Instrument pointing control methods required in addition to the core platform control system to meet instrument pointing requirements are considered.

  19. FGF signaling regulates Wnt ligand expression to control vulval cell lineage polarity in C. elegans

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    Minor, Paul J.; He, Ting-Fang; Sohn, Chang Ho; Asthagiri, Anand R.; Sternberg, Paul W.

    2013-01-01

    The interpretation of extracellular cues leading to the polarization of intracellular components and asymmetric cell divisions is a fundamental part of metazoan organogenesis. The Caenorhabditis elegans vulva, with its invariant cell lineage and interaction of multiple cell signaling pathways, provides an excellent model for the study of cell polarity within an organized epithelial tissue. Here, we show that the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) pathway acts in concert with the Frizzled homolog LIN-17 to influence the localization of SYS-1, a component of the Wnt/?-catenin asymmetry pathway, indirectly through the regulation of cwn-1. The source of the FGF ligand is the primary vulval precursor cell (VPC) P6.p, which controls the orientation of the neighboring secondary VPC P7.p by signaling through the sex myoblasts (SMs), activating the FGF pathway. The Wnt CWN-1 is expressed in the posterior body wall muscle of the worm as well as in the SMs, making it the only Wnt expressed on the posterior and anterior sides of P7.p at the time of the polarity decision. Both sources of cwn-1 act instructively to influence P7.p polarity in the direction of the highest Wnt signal. Using single molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization, we show that the FGF pathway regulates the expression of cwn-1 in the SMs. These results demonstrate an interaction between FGF and Wnt in C. elegans development and vulval cell lineage polarity, and highlight the promiscuous nature of Wnts and the importance of Wnt gradient directionality within C. elegans. PMID:23946444

  20. Frequency-induced polarization bistability in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with orthogonal optical injection

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    Gatare, I.; Panajotov, K.; Sciamanna, M.

    2007-02-15

    We report theoretically on a pure frequency-induced polarization bistability in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) subject to orthogonal optical injection, i.e., the master laser light polarization is orthogonal to that of the slave VCSEL. As the frequency detuning is scanned from negative to positive values and for a fixed injected power, the VCSEL exhibits two successive and possibly bistable polarization switchings. The first switching (from the slave laser polarization to the injected light polarization) exhibits a bistable region whose width is maximum for a given value of the injected power. Such a dependency of hysteresis width on the injected power is similar to that recently found experimentally by Hong et al.[Electron. Lett. 36, 2019 (2000)]. The bistability accompanying the second switching (from the injected light polarization back to the slave laser free-running polarization) exhibits, however, significantly different features related to the occurrence of optical chaos. Interestingly, the width of the bistable region can be tuned over a large range not only by modifying the injection parameters but also by modifying the device parameters, in particular the VCSEL linewidth enhancement factor.

  1. Computerized histomorphometric study of the splenic collagen polymorphism: A control-tissue for polarization microscopy.

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    Alves, Antoine; Gritsch, Kerstin; Sirieix, Camille; Drevon-Gaillot, Elodie; Bayon, Yves; Clermont, Gaëlle; Boutrand, Jean-Pierre; Grosgogeat, Brigitte

    2015-10-01

    Previous articles have pointed out the presence of type III collagen within the extracellular structure of the parenchymatous organs. This study aimed to quantitatively characterize the collagen polymorphism at the capsule and parenchymal trabeculae of the largest lymphoid organ of the body i.e., the spleen, in mouse, rat, and rabbit models. Following a Picrosirius Red-Polarization procedure and computer assisted image analysis of paraffin sections, the results showed (1) a predominant and significantly higher amount of type III collagen in the trabeculae area compared to the capsule area in the three species, (2) no statistical difference among the three species concerning the parenchymal collagen polymorphism or the type I/type III collagen ratio, (3) a heterogeneous type I/type III collagen ratio varying from 0.86 (mouse) to 6.62 (rabbit) in the fibromuscular capsule region. A qualitative analysis corroborated these histomorphometric results. In conclusion, the spleen may be used as (1) a control tissue to qualitatively visualize type I and III collagen under polarization microscopy and to validate the quality of PSR staining (2) an aid to accurately calibrate the angle of polarization before quantitative measurements of type I and type III collagen. Among the studied species, the rabbit spleen appeared to be the most appropriate control tissue as it showed the highest amount of type I collagen in the capsule and a similarly high amount of type III collagen in the parenchymal trabeculae. PMID:26238067

  2. Controlled polarization of two-dimensional quantum turbulence in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Cidrim, A.; dos Santos, F. E. A.; Galantucci, L.; Bagnato, V. S.; Barenghi, C. F.

    2016-03-01

    We propose a scheme for generating two-dimensional turbulence in harmonically trapped atomic condensates with the novelty of controlling the polarization (net rotation) of the turbulence. Our scheme is based on an initial giant (multicharged) vortex which induces a large-scale circular flow. Two thin obstacles, created by blue-detuned laser beams, speed up the decay of the giant vortex into many singly quantized vortices of the same circulation; at the same time, vortex-antivortex pairs are created by the decaying circular flow past the obstacles. Rotation of the obstacles against the circular flow controls the relative proportion of positive and negative vortices, from the limit of strongly anisotropic turbulence (almost all vortices having the same sign) to that of isotropic turbulence (equal number of vortices and antivortices). Using this scheme, we numerically study the decay of two-dimensional quantum turbulence as a function of the polarization. Finally, we present a model for the decay rate of the vortex number which fits our numerical experiment curves, with the novelty of taking into account polarization time dependence.

  3. Slim-structured electro-floating display system based on the polarization-controlled optical path.

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    Kim, Seung-Cheol; Park, Seong-Jin; Kim, Eun-Soo

    2016-04-18

    A new slim-type electro-floating display system based on the polarization-controlled optical path is proposed. In the proposed system, the optical path between the input plane and Fresnel lens can be made recursive by repetitive transmission and reflection of the input beam by employing a new polarization-based optical path controller (P-OPC), which is composed of two quaterwave plates, a half mirror and a reflective polarizer. Based on this P-OPC, the absolute optical path between the input plane and Fresnel lens, virtually representing the physical depth of the display system, can be reduced down to one third of its original path, which results in the same rate of decrease in the volume size of the display system. The operational principle of the proposed system is analyzed with the Jones matrix. In addition, to confirm the feasibility of the proposed system, experiments with test prototypes are carried out, and the results are comparatively discussed with those of the conventional system. PMID:27137306

  4. 1.12 μm Polarization Controlled Highly Strained GaInAs Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers on GaAs(311)B by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Nishiyama, Nobuhiko; Arai, Masakazu; Shinada, Satoshi; Azuchi, Munechika; Matsutani, Akihiro; Miyamoto, Tomoyuki; Koyama, Fumio; Iga, Kenichi

    2001-05-01

    A highly strained GaInAs vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) emitting at 1.12 μm has been realized on a GaAs(311)B substrate by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for the first time. The threshold current of an 8 μm oxide aperture device was as low as 0.9 mA@. This device operated at up to 170°C without a heatsink under the CW condition. The polarization direction of the oscillation mode was stable and the orthogonal polarization suppression ratio (OPSR) was 30 dB@. The operating lifetime of over 2000 under room-temperature CW conditions was confirmed without any degradation in spite of high strain of over 2%.

  5. Optically controlled microwave phase shifter based on nonlinear polarization rotation in a highly nonlinear fiber.

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    Li, Wei; Sun, Wen Hui; Wang, Wen Ting; Zhu, Ning Hua

    2014-06-01

    This Letter reports an optically controlled microwave phase shifter with an ultra-wideband working bandwidth and a full 360° phase shifting range based on nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) in a highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF). A continuous wave probe light is modulated by a polarization modulator (PolM) that is driven by a microwave signal to be phase shifted. The optical carrier and the first-order sidebands of the probe light experience different phase shifts due to the NPR induced by the control light in the HNLF. An optical bandpass filter is used to realize single-sideband modulation of the probe light by removing one of the first-order sidebands, as well as to reject the control light. After detecting by a photodetector, the phase of the recovered microwave signal is continuously tunable by adjusting the power of the control light. The proposed approach is theoretically analyzed and experimentally verified. A full 360° tunable phase shift is realized over an ultra-wideband frequency range from 8 to 38 GHz when the power of the control light is tuned from 0 to 570 mW. PMID:24876035

  6. CMOS VCSEL driver circuit for 25+Gbps/channel short-reach parallel optical links

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    Shibata, Masumi

    This thesis proposes a new CMOS driver for Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting LASER (VCSEL) diode arrays. A VCSEL is a promising light source for optical communication. However, its threshold voltage (1.5V for a 850-nm VCSEL) exceeds the rated supply voltage of nanoscale CMOS technologies. This makes difficult designing a driver sourcing a modulated current to a VCSELs anode directly, an arrangement suitable for low-cost parallel optical links. To overcome this problem, a combination of analog circuit techniques is proposed including a novel pad shield driving technique. A prototype fabricated in a 65-nm CMOS technology achieved 26-Gb/s bit-rate and 1.80-pJ/b power efficiency with an optical modulation amplitude (OMA) of +1.8dBm and 3.1ps-rms jitter when driving a 850-nm 14Gb/s commercial VCSEL. This is the highest-speed anode-driving CMOS VCSEL driver reported to date. Also it has the best power efficiency and the smallest area (0:024 mm2) amongst anode-driving drivers in any process technology.

  7. Linearly polarized single photon antibunching from a site-controlled InGaN quantum dot

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    Jemsson, Tomas; Machhadani, Houssaine; Karlsson, K. Fredrik; Hsu, Chih-Wei; Holtz, Per-Olof

    2014-08-25

    We report on the observation of linearly polarized single photon antibunching in the excitonic emission from a site-controlled InGaN quantum dot. The measured second order coherence function exhibits a significant dip at zero time difference, corresponding to g{sub m}{sup 2}(0)=0.90 under continuous laser excitation. This relatively high value of g{sub m}{sup 2}(0) is well understood by a model as the combination of short exciton life time (320 ps), limited experimental timing resolution and the presence of an uncorrelated broadband background emission from the sample. Our result provides the first rigorous evidence of InGaN quantum dot formation on hexagonal GaN pyramids, and it highlights a great potential in these dots as fast polarized single photon emitters if the background emission can be eliminated.

  8. Significant electrical control of amorphous oxide thin film transistors by an ultrathin Ti surface polarity modifier

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    Cho, Byungsu; Choi, Yonghyuk; Shin, Seokyoon; Jeon, Heeyoung; Seo, Hyungtak; Jeon, Hyeongtag

    2014-01-27

    We demonstrate an enhanced electrical stability through a Ti oxide (TiO{sub x}) layer on the amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) back-channel; this layer acts as a surface polarity modifier. Ultrathin Ti deposited on the a-IGZO existed as a TiO{sub x} thin film, resulting in oxygen cross-binding with a-IGZO surface. The electrical properties of a-IGZO thin film transistors (TFTs) with TiO{sub x} depend on the surface polarity change and electronic band structure evolution. This result indicates that TiO{sub x} on the back-channel serves as not only a passivation layer protecting the channel from ambient molecules or process variables but also a control layer of TFT device parameters.

  9. Controllable vector bottle-shaped fields generated by focused spatial-variant linearly polarized vector beams

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    Gu, Bing; Wu, Jia-Lu; Pan, Yang; Cui, Yiping

    2013-11-01

    We demonstrate that the optical bottle-shaped fields can be controllably generated by the focused spatial-variant linearly polarized vector beams. Based on the vectorial Rayleigh-Sommerfeld formulas under the paraxial approximation, we present theoretically the analytical expression for the focused field of the vector beam and predict the evolution of the sate of polarization (SoP) in the focal region. Experimentally, we observe the vector bottle-shaped field that is in agreement with the numerical simulations. In particular, we validate that both the SoP and the size of the optical bottle field are manipulated easily by varying the azimuthal topological charge and the radial mode index.

  10. Serrano (Sano) Functions with the Planar Cell Polarity Genes to Control Tracheal Tube Length

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    Chung, SeYeon; Vining, Melissa S.; Bradley, Pamela L.; Chan, Chih-Chiang; Wharton, Keith A.; Andrew, Deborah J.

    2009-01-01

    Epithelial tubes are the functional units of many organs, and proper tube geometry is crucial for organ function. Here, we characterize serrano (sano), a novel cytoplasmic protein that is apically enriched in several tube-forming epithelia in Drosophila, including the tracheal system. Loss of sano results in elongated tracheae, whereas Sano overexpression causes shortened tracheae with reduced apical boundaries. Sano overexpression during larval and pupal stages causes planar cell polarity (PCP) defects in several adult tissues. In Sano-overexpressing pupal wing cells, core PCP proteins are mislocalized and prehairs are misoriented; sano loss or overexpression in the eye disrupts ommatidial polarity and rotation. Importantly, Sano binds the PCP regulator Dishevelled (Dsh), and loss or ectopic expression of many known PCP proteins in the trachea gives rise to similar defects observed with loss or gain of sano, revealing a previously unrecognized role for PCP pathway components in tube size control. PMID:19956736

  11. Dynamic control of spin wave spectra using spin-polarized currents

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    Wang, Qi; Zhang, Huaiwu Tang, Xiaoli; Bai, Feiming; Zhong, Zhiyong; Fangohr, Hans

    2014-09-15

    We describe a method of controlling the spin wave spectra dynamically in a uniform nanostripe waveguide through spin-polarized currents. A stable periodic magnetization structure is observed when the current flows vertically through the center of nanostripe waveguide. After being excited, the spin wave is transmitted at the sides of the waveguide. Numerical simulations of spin-wave transmission and dispersion curves reveal a single, pronounced band gap. Moreover, the periodic magnetization structure can be turned on and off by the spin-polarized current. The switching process from full rejection to full transmission takes place within less than 3 ns. Thus, this type magnonic waveguide can be utilized for low-dissipation spin wave based filters.

  12. Statistical properties in Young's interference pattern formed with a radially polarized beam with controllable spatial coherence.

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    Zhu, Shijun; Wang, Fei; Chen, Yahong; Li, Zhenhua; Cai, Yangjian

    2014-11-17

    Experimental generation of a radially polarized (RP) beam with controllable spatial coherence (i.e., partially coherent RP beam) was reported recently [Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 051108 (2012)]. In this paper, we carry out theoretical and experimental studies of the statistical properties in Young's two-slit interference pattern formed with a partially coherent RP beam. An approximate analytical expression for the cross-spectral density matrix of a partially coherent RP beam in the observation plane is obtained, and it is found that the statistical properties, such as the intensity, the degree of coherence and the degree of polarization, are strongly affected by the spatial coherence of the incident beam. Our experimental results are consistent with the theoretical predictions, and may be useful in some applications, where light field with special statistical properties are required. PMID:25402110

  13. Long-range Neural and Gap Junction Protein-mediated Cues Control Polarity During Planarian Regeneration

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    Oviedo, Néstor J.; Morokuma, Junji; Walentek, Peter; Kema, Ido P.; Gu, Man Bock; Ahn, Joo-Myung; Hwang, Jung Shan; Gojobori, Takashi; Levin, Michael

    2010-01-01

    SUMMARY Having the ability to coordinate the behavior of stem cells to induce regeneration of specific large-scale structures would have far reaching consequences in the treatment of degenerative diseases, acute injury, and aging. Thus, identifying and learning to manipulate the sequential steps that determine the fate of new tissue within the overall morphogenetic program of the organism is fundamental. We identified novel early signals, mediated by the central nervous system and 3 innexin proteins, which determine the fate and axial polarity of regenerated tissue in planarians. Modulation of gap junction-dependent and neural signals specifically induces ectopic anterior regeneration blastemas in posterior and lateral wounds. These ectopic anterior blastemas differentiate new brains that establish permanent primary axes re-established during subsequent rounds of unperturbed regeneration. These data reveal powerful novel controls of pattern formation and suggest a constructive model linking nervous inputs and polarity determination in early stages of regeneration. PMID:20026026

  14. Theoretical study of mutual control mechanism between magnetization and polarization in multiferroic materials

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    Liu, Yu; Zhai, Liang-Jun; Wang, Huai-Yu

    2015-03-01

    The mutual control mechanism between magnetization and polarization in multiferroic materials is studied. The system contains a ferromagnetic sublattice and a ferroelectric sublattice. To describe the magneto-electric coupling, we propose a linear coupling Hamiltonian between ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity without microscopic derivation. This coupling enables one to retrieve the hysteresis loops measured experimentally. The thermodynamic properties of the system are calculated, such as the temperature dependences of the magnetization, polarization, internal energy and free energy. The ferromagnetic and ferroelectric hysteresis loops driven by either a magnetic or an electric field are calculated, and the magnetic spin and pseudo-spin are always flipped synchronously under the external magnetic and electric field. Our theoretical results are in agreement with the experiments. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB927402) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61275028 and 11074145).

  15. Precise, motion-free polarization control in Second Harmonic Generation microscopy using a liquid crystal modulator in the infinity space

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    Lien, Chi-Hsiang; Tilbury, Karissa; Chen, Shean-Jen; Campagnola, Paul J.

    2013-01-01

    Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy coupled with polarization analysis has great potential for use in tissue characterization, as molecular and supramolecular structural details can be extracted. Such measurements are difficult to perform quickly and accurately. Here we present a new method that uses a liquid crystal modulator (LCM) located in the infinity space of a SHG laser scanning microscope that allows the generation of any desired linear or circular polarization state. As the device contains no moving parts, polarization can be rotated accurately and faster than by manual or motorized control. The performance in terms of polarization purity was validated using Stokes vector polarimetry, and found to have minimal residual polarization ellipticity. SHG polarization imaging characteristics were validated against well-characterized specimens having cylindrical and/or linear symmetries. The LCM has a small footprint and can be implemented easily in any standard microscope and is cost effective relative to other technologies. PMID:24156059

  16. Photonic generation of polarization-resolved wideband chaos with time-delay concealment in three-cascaded vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

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    Liu, Huijie; Li, Nianqiang; Zhao, Qingchun

    2015-05-10

    Optical chaos generated by chaotic lasers has been widely used in several important applications, such as chaos-based communications and high-speed random-number generators. However, these applications are susceptible to degradation by the presence of time-delay (TD) signature identified from the chaotic output. Here we propose to achieve the concealment of TD signature, along with the enhancement of chaos bandwidth, in three-cascaded vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The cascaded system is composed of an external-cavity master VCSEL, a solitary intermediate VCSEL, and a solitary slave VCSEL. Through mapping the evolutions of TD signature and chaos bandwidth in the parameter space of the injection strength and frequency detuning, photonic generation of polarization-resolved wideband chaos with TD concealment is numerically demonstrated for wide regions of the injection parameters. PMID:25967492

  17. High-speed operation of bow-tie-shaped oxide aperture VCSELs with photon-photon resonance

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    Dalir, Hamed; Koyama, Fumio

    2014-02-01

    This paper presents experimental and modeling results for extending the 3-dB modulation bandwidth of a 980-nm quasi-single-mode (QSM) vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) with a passive transverse-coupled cavity (TCC). While the bandwidth of a conventional VCSEL is 9 GHz, the 3-dB modulation bandwidth of a QSM TCC VCSEL with the same epi-wafer structure can reach 27 GHz, which is three times larger than the conventional VCSEL without optical feedback. A clear eye opening is obtained for large-signal modulations at 36 Gbps. A numerical simulation for further enhancement of the bandwidth is also conducted.

  18. Noncanonical Wnt signaling pathways in C. elegans converge on POP-1/TCF and control cell polarity.

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    Herman, Michael A; Wu, Mingfu

    2004-05-01

    In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, a canonical Wnt signaling pathway controls a cell migration whereas noncanonical Wnt pathways control the polarities of individual cells. Despite the differences in the identities and interactions among canonical and noncanonical Wnt pathway components, as well as the processes they regulate, almost all C. elegans Wnt pathways involve the sole Tcf homolog, POP-1. Intriguingly, POP-1 is asymmetrically distributed between the daughters of an asymmetric cell division, with the anterior sister cell usually having a higher level of nuclear POP-1 than its posterior sister. At some divisions, asymmetric distribution of POP-1 is controlled by noncanonical Wnt signaling, but at others the asymmetry is generated independently. Recent experiments suggest that despite this elaborate anterior-posterior POP-1 asymmetry, the quantity of POP-1 protein may have less to do with the subsequent determination of fate than does the quality of the POP-1 protein in the cell. In this review, we will embark on a quest to understand Quality (1), at least from the standpoint of the effect POP/Tcf quality has on the control of cell polarity in C. elegans. PMID:14977564

  19. Polarization control of intermediate state absorption in resonance-mediated multi-photon absorption process

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    Xu, Shuwu; Huang, Yunxia; Yao, Yunhua; Jia, Tianqing; Ding, Jingxin; Zhang, Shian; Sun, Zhenrong

    2015-07-01

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the control of the intermediate state absorption in an (n + m) resonance-mediated multi-photon absorption process by the polarization-modulated femtosecond laser pulse. An analytical solution of the intermediate state absorption in a resonance-mediated multi-photon absorption process is obtained based on the time-dependent perturbation theory. Our theoretical results show that the control efficiency of the intermediate state absorption by the polarization modulation is independent of the laser intensity when the transition from the intermediate state to the final state is coupled by the single-photon absorption, but will be affected by the laser intensity when this transition is coupled by the non-resonant multi-photon absorption. These theoretical results are experimentally confirmed via a two-photon fluorescence control in (2 + 1) resonance-mediated three-photon absorption of Coumarin 480 dye and a single-photon fluorescence control in (1 + 2) resonance-mediated three-photon absorption of IR 125 dye.

  20. Routing of surface plasmons in silver nanowire networks controlled by polarization and coating.

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    Wei, Hong; Pan, Deng; Xu, Hongxing

    2015-12-01

    Controllable propagation of electromagnetic energy in plasmonic nanowaveguides is of great importance for building nanophotonic circuits. Here, we studied the routing of surface plasmons in silver nanowire structures by combining experiments and electromagnetic simulations. The superposition of different plasmon modes results in the tunable near field patterns of surface plasmons on the nanowire. Using the quantum dot fluorescence imaging technique, we experimentally demonstrate that the near field distribution on the nanowire controls the surface plasmon transmission in the nanowire networks. By controlling the polarization of the input light or by controlling the dielectric coating on the nanowire to modulate the plasmon field distribution and guarantee the strong local field intensity at the connecting junction, the surface plasmons can be efficiently routed to the connected nanowires. Depositing a thin layer of Al2O3 film onto the nanowires can reverse the polarization dependence of the output intensity at the nanowire terminals. These results are instructive for designing functional plasmonic nanowire networks and metal-nanowire-based nanophotonic devices. PMID:26514593

  1. Routing of surface plasmons in silver nanowire networks controlled by polarization and coating

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    Wei, Hong; Pan, Deng; Xu, Hongxing

    2015-11-01

    Controllable propagation of electromagnetic energy in plasmonic nanowaveguides is of great importance for building nanophotonic circuits. Here, we studied the routing of surface plasmons in silver nanowire structures by combining experiments and electromagnetic simulations. The superposition of different plasmon modes results in the tunable near field patterns of surface plasmons on the nanowire. Using the quantum dot fluorescence imaging technique, we experimentally demonstrate that the near field distribution on the nanowire controls the surface plasmon transmission in the nanowire networks. By controlling the polarization of the input light or by controlling the dielectric coating on the nanowire to modulate the plasmon field distribution and guarantee the strong local field intensity at the connecting junction, the surface plasmons can be efficiently routed to the connected nanowires. Depositing a thin layer of Al2O3 film onto the nanowires can reverse the polarization dependence of the output intensity at the nanowire terminals. These results are instructive for designing functional plasmonic nanowire networks and metal-nanowire-based nanophotonic devices.

  2. Servo Control of High Degree of Linear Polarization Output from Polarization-Maintaining Fiber and its Application in Fiber-Component Based Frequency Modulation Spectroscopy

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    Ma, Weiguang; Li, Zhixin; Tan, Wei; Zhao, Gang; Fu, Xiaofang; Zhang, Lei; Dong, Lei; Yin, Wangbao; Jia, Suotang

    2013-11-01

    A novel servo control method has been developed to output a highly linear state of polarization (SOP) from a polarization-maintaining (PM) fiber. The correction signal is obtained using an SOP detection setup invented by Hänsch and Couillaud. This servo control method was then applied to fiber-component based frequency modulation spectroscopy experimentally to reduce the residual amplitude modulation (RAM) induced by nonlinear SOP incident to an electro-optic modulator. With active servo control, stable linear SOP output of PM fiber and pure frequency modulation lineshapes are obtained. Finally, long-term measurements of the dispersion background signal with feedback loop on and off are performed to evaluate the stability of RAM reduction.

  3. Controllable spin polarization and spin filtering in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon

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    Farokhnezhad, Mohsen Esmaeilzadeh, Mahdi Pournaghavi, Nezhat; Ahmadi, Somaieh

    2015-05-07

    Using non-equilibrium Green's function, we study the spin-dependent electron transport properties in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon. To produce and control spin polarization, it is assumed that two ferromagnetic strips are deposited on the both edges of the silicene nanoribbon and an electric field is perpendicularly applied to the nanoribbon plane. The spin polarization is studied for both parallel and anti-parallel configurations of exchange magnetic fields induced by the ferromagnetic strips. We find that complete spin polarization can take place in the presence of perpendicular electric field for anti-parallel configuration and the nanoribbon can work as a perfect spin filter. The spin direction of transmitted electrons can be easily changed from up to down and vice versa by reversing the electric field direction. For parallel configuration, perfect spin filtering can occur even in the absence of electric field. In this case, the spin direction can be changed by changing the electron energy. Finally, we investigate the effects of nonmagnetic Anderson disorder on spin dependent conductance and find that the perfect spin filtering properties of nanoribbon are destroyed by strong disorder, but the nanoribbon retains these properties in the presence of weak disorder.

  4. Solar control of F region radar backscatter: Further insights from observations in the southern polar cap

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    Lamarche, Leslie J.; Makarevich, Roman A.

    2015-11-01

    The role of solar wind and illumination in production of small-scale F region plasma irregularities is investigated using a 4 year data set collected by the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) facility at the McMurdo station, Antarctica (MCM). Statistical analysis of ionospheric echoes detected by MCM shows that radar backscatter from the polar F region occurs in wide and persistent bands in range that exhibit systematic changes with local time, season, and solar cycle. It is demonstrated that all variations considered together form a distinct pattern. A comparison with the F region model densities and ray tracing simulations shows that this pattern is largely controlled by the F region solar-produced ionization during the day. During the night, however, MCM observations reveal a significant additional source of plasma density in the polar cap as compared with the model. An example of conjugate radar observations is presented that supports the idea of polar patches being an additional source of ionization on the nightside. Echo occurrence exhibits a clear peak near the solar terminator, which suggests that small-scale irregularities form in turbulent cascade from large scales. Further, echo occurrence is enhanced for particular interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) orientations during the night. Observations indicate that solar illumination control of irregularity production is strong and not restricted to the nightside. Indirect solar wind control is also exerted by the IMF-dependent convection pattern, since the gradient-drift instability favors certain orientations between the plasma density gradients and convection velocity.

  5. Chaos synchronization in vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser based on rotated polarization-preserved optical feedback

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    Nazhan, Salam; Ghassemlooy, Zabih; Busawon, Krishna

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the influence of the rotating polarization-preserved optical feedback on the chaos synchronization of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) is investigated experimentally. Two VCSELs' polarization modes (XP) and (YP) are gradually rotated and re-injected back into the VCSEL. The anti-phase dynamics synchronization of the two polarization modes is evaluated using the cross-correlation function. For a fixed optical feedback, a clear relationship is found between the cross-correlation coefficient and the polarization angle θp. It is shown that high-quality anti-phase polarization-resolved chaos synchronization is achieved at higher values of θp. The maximum value of the cross-correlation coefficient achieved is -0.99 with a zero time delay over a wide range of θp beyond 65° with a poor synchronization dynamic at θp less than 65°. Furthermore, it is observed that the antiphase irregular oscillation of the XP and YP modes changes with θp. VCSEL under the rotating polarization optical feedback can be a good candidate as a chaotic synchronization source for a secure communication system.

  6. Chaos synchronization in vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser based on rotated polarization-preserved optical feedback.

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    Nazhan, Salam; Ghassemlooy, Zabih; Busawon, Krishna

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the influence of the rotating polarization-preserved optical feedback on the chaos synchronization of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) is investigated experimentally. Two VCSELs' polarization modes (XP) and (YP) are gradually rotated and re-injected back into the VCSEL. The anti-phase dynamics synchronization of the two polarization modes is evaluated using the cross-correlation function. For a fixed optical feedback, a clear relationship is found between the cross-correlation coefficient and the polarization angle θp. It is shown that high-quality anti-phase polarization-resolved chaos synchronization is achieved at higher values of θp. The maximum value of the cross-correlation coefficient achieved is -0.99 with a zero time delay over a wide range of θp beyond 65° with a poor synchronization dynamic at θp less than 65°. Furthermore, it is observed that the antiphase irregular oscillation of the XP and YP modes changes with θp. VCSEL under the rotating polarization optical feedback can be a good candidate as a chaotic synchronization source for a secure communication system. PMID:26826861

  7. Towards high-frequency operation of polarization oscillations in spin vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Lindemann, Markus; Höpfner, Henning; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.; Pusch, Tobias; Michalzik, Rainer

    2015-09-01

    Compared to purely charge based devices, spintronic lasers offer promising perspectives for new superior device concepts. Especially vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with spin-polarization (spin-VCSELs) feature ultrafast spin and polarization dynamics. Oscillations in the circular polarization degree can be generated using pulsed spin-injection. The oscillations evolve due to the carrier-spin-photon system that is coupled for the linear modes in the VCSEL's cavity via the birefringence. The polarization oscillations are independent of the conventional relaxation oscillations and have the potential to exceed frequencies of 100 GHz. The oscillations are switchable and can be the basis for ultrafast directly modulated spin-VCSELs for, e.g., communication purposes. The polarization oscillation frequency is mainly determined by the birefringence. We show a method to tune the birefringence and thus the polarization oscillation frequency by adding mechanical strain to the substrate in the vicinity of the laser. We achieved first experimental results for high-frequency operation using 850 nm oxide-confined single-mode VCSELs. The results are compared with simulations using the spin-flip-model for high birefringence values.

  8. Disabled homolog 2 controls macrophage phenotypic polarization and adipose tissue inflammation.

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    Adamson, Samantha E; Griffiths, Rachael; Moravec, Radim; Senthivinayagam, Subramanian; Montgomery, Garren; Chen, Wenshu; Han, Jenny; Sharma, Poonam R; Mullins, Garrett R; Gorski, Stacey A; Cooper, Jonathan A; Kadl, Alexandra; Enfield, Kyle; Braciale, Thomas J; Harris, Thurl E; Leitinger, Norbert

    2016-04-01

    Acute and chronic tissue injury results in the generation of a myriad of environmental cues that macrophages respond to by changing their phenotype and function. This phenotypic regulation is critical for controlling tissue inflammation and resolution. Here, we have identified the adaptor protein disabled homolog 2 (DAB2) as a regulator of phenotypic switching in macrophages. Dab2 expression was upregulated in M2 macrophages and suppressed in M1 macrophages isolated from both mice and humans, and genetic deletion of Dab2 predisposed macrophages to adopt a proinflammatory M1 phenotype. In mice with myeloid cell-specific deletion of Dab2 (Dab2fl/fl Lysm-Cre), treatment with sublethal doses of LPS resulted in increased proinflammatory gene expression and macrophage activation. Moreover, chronic high-fat feeding exacerbated adipose tissue inflammation, M1 polarization of adipose tissue macrophages, and the development of insulin resistance in DAB2-deficient animals compared with controls. Mutational analyses revealed that DAB2 interacts with TNF receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) and attenuates IκB kinase β-dependent (IKKβ-dependent) phosphorylation of Ser536 in the transactivation domain of NF-κB p65. Together, these findings reveal that DAB2 is critical for controlling inflammatory signaling during phenotypic polarization of macrophages and suggest that manipulation of DAB2 expression and function may hold therapeutic potential for the treatment of acute and chronic inflammatory disorders. PMID:26927671

  9. A fork-shaped plasmonic device with polarization-controllable optical confinement

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    Abbas, Mohammed N.; Shih, M. H.; Chang, Yia-Chung

    2012-10-01

    It is shown that fork-shaped plasmonic gratings can display a hybrid mode that features both plasmonic mode (TMmode) and dielectric mode (TE-mode) characteristics with wide range of tunable group velocities. A dielectric gap is introduced in the middle of metallic grating and it is found that this gap plays an important role in controlling the TE-TM mode coupling. By controlling the polarization angle we can switch from plasmonic mode to dielectric mode. Thus, a new scheme for manipulating the optical confinement by using a polarizer is realized. (see Figure) We can combine the plasmonic mode and dielectric mode to reduce the intrinsic loss of Plasmon-polariton due to the free-carrier absorption in the conducting material with the same degree of confinement. The fork structure provides an easier way to control the group velocity in a wide range. The dispersion relations were calculated by using Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis. We obtain tunable group velocities ranging from 0.2c to almost zero (i.e. achieving localized Surface Plasmon-polariton) and from 0.05c to 0.3c by varying the pillar and dielectric (made of Si3N4) thicknesses respectively. This fork structure is expected to have applications in surface plasmon polariton (SPP) mixed with guided-mode based optical devices, such as optical buffering, hybrid waveguides, splitters and lasers and especially for applications requiring slow light propagation.

  10. Reversible control of spin-polarized supercurrents in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions.

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    Banerjee, N; Robinson, J W A; Blamire, M G

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic inhomogeneity at a superconductor (S)-ferromagnet (F) interface converts spin-singlet Cooper pairs into spin-one triplet pairs. These pairs are immune to the pair-breaking exchange field in F and support a long-range proximity effect. Although recent experiments have confirmed the existence of spin-polarized triplet supercurrents in S-F-S Josephson junctions, reversible control of the supercurrent has been impossible because of the robust preconfigured nature of the inhomogeneity. Here, we use a barrier comprising three F layers whose relative magnetic orientation, and hence the interfacial inhomogeneity, can be controlled by small magnetic fields; we show that this enables full control of the triplet supercurrent and, by using finite element micromagnetic simulations, we can directly relate the experimental data to the theoretical models which provide a general framework to understand the role played by magnetic states in long-range supercurrent modulation. PMID:25154467

  11. Controlled polar asymmetry of few-cycle and intense mid-infrared pulses

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    Schmidt, Christian; Bühler, Johannes; Mayer, Bernhard; Pashkin, Alexej; Leitenstorfer, Alfred; Seletskiy, Denis V.

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate synthesis of ultrabroadband and phase-locked two-color transients in the multi-terahertz frequency range with amplitudes exceeding 13 MV cm‑1. Subcycle polar asymmetry of the electric field is adjusted by changing the relative phase between superposed fundamental and second harmonic components. The resultant broken symmetry of the field profile is directly resolved via electro-optic sampling. Access to such waveforms provides a direct route for control of low-energy degrees of freedom in condensed matter as well as non-perturbative light–matter interactions under highest non-resonant electric bias.

  12. Controlled polarity of sputter-deposited aluminum nitride on metals observed by aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy

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    Harumoto, T.; Sannomiya, T.; Matsukawa, Y.; Muraishi, S.; Shi, J.; Nakamura, Y.; Sawada, H.; Tanaka, T.; Tanishiro, Y.; Takayanagi, K.

    2013-02-28

    The polarity determination process of sputter-deposited aluminum nitride (AlN) on metals has been analyzed using aberration corrected atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscope. Direct growth of c-axis orientated AlN on face centered cubic metals (fcc) (111) with the local epitaxy has been observed, and the polarity was determined at the AlN/metal interface. We found that the AlN polarity can be controlled by the base metal layer: N-polarity AlN grows on Pt(111) while Al-polarity AlN forms on Al(111). Based on these results, the growth mechanism of AlN on metals is discussed.

  13. Radial polar histogram: obstacle avoidance and path planning for robotic cognition and motion control

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    Wang, Po-Jen; Keyawa, Nicholas R.; Euler, Craig

    2012-01-01

    In order to achieve highly accurate motion control and path planning for a mobile robot, an obstacle avoidance algorithm that provided a desired instantaneous turning radius and velocity was generated. This type of obstacle avoidance algorithm, which has been implemented in California State University Northridge's Intelligent Ground Vehicle (IGV), is known as Radial Polar Histogram (RPH). The RPH algorithm utilizes raw data in the form of a polar histogram that is read from a Laser Range Finder (LRF) and a camera. A desired open block is determined from the raw data utilizing a navigational heading and an elliptical approximation. The left and right most radii are determined from the calculated edges of the open block and provide the range of possible radial paths the IGV can travel through. In addition, the calculated obstacle edge positions allow the IGV to recognize complex obstacle arrangements and to slow down accordingly. A radial path optimization function calculates the best radial path between the left and right most radii and is sent to motion control for speed determination. Overall, the RPH algorithm allows the IGV to autonomously travel at average speeds of 3mph while avoiding all obstacles, with a processing time of approximately 10ms.

  14. Polarity, cell division, and out-of-equilibrium dynamics control the growth of epithelial structures

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    Cerruti, Benedetta; Puliafito, Alberto; Shewan, Annette M.; Yu, Wei; Combes, Alexander N.; Little, Melissa H.; Chianale, Federica; Primo, Luca; Serini, Guido; Mostov, Keith E.; Celani, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    The growth of a well-formed epithelial structure is governed by mechanical constraints, cellular apico-basal polarity, and spatially controlled cell division. Here we compared the predictions of a mathematical model of epithelial growth with the morphological analysis of 3D epithelial structures. In both in vitro cyst models and in developing epithelial structures in vivo, epithelial growth could take place close to or far from mechanical equilibrium, and was determined by the hierarchy of time-scales of cell division, cell–cell rearrangements, and lumen dynamics. Equilibrium properties could be inferred by the analysis of cell–cell contact topologies, and the nonequilibrium phenotype was altered by inhibiting ROCK activity. The occurrence of an aberrant multilumen phenotype was linked to fast nonequilibrium growth, even when geometric control of cell division was correctly enforced. We predicted and verified experimentally that slowing down cell division partially rescued a multilumen phenotype induced by altered polarity. These results improve our understanding of the development of epithelial organs and, ultimately, of carcinogenesis. PMID:24145168

  15. Topological control of the Caulobacter cell cycle circuitry by a polarized single-domain PAS protein.

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    Sanselicio, Stefano; Bergé, Matthieu; Théraulaz, Laurence; Radhakrishnan, Sunish Kumar; Viollier, Patrick H

    2015-01-01

    Despite the myriad of different sensory domains encoded in bacteria, only a few types are known to control the cell cycle. Here we use a forward genetic screen for Caulobacter crescentus motility mutants to identify a conserved single-domain PAS (Per-Arnt-Sim) protein (MopJ) with pleiotropic regulatory functions. MopJ promotes re-accumulation of the master cell cycle regulator CtrA after its proteolytic destruction is triggered by the DivJ kinase at the G1-S transition. MopJ and CtrA syntheses are coordinately induced in S-phase, followed by the sequestration of MopJ to cell poles in Caulobacter. Polarization requires Caulobacter DivJ and the PopZ polar organizer. MopJ interacts with DivJ and influences the localization and activity of downstream cell cycle effectors. Because MopJ abundance is upregulated in stationary phase and by the alarmone (p)ppGpp, conserved systemic signals acting on the cell cycle and growth phase control are genetically integrated through this conserved single PAS-domain protein. PMID:25952018

  16. Dynamic nuclear polarization and optimal control spatial-selective 13C MRI and MRS

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    Vinding, Mads S.; Laustsen, Christoffer; Maximov, Ivan I.; Søgaard, Lise Vejby; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan H.; Nielsen, Niels Chr.

    2013-02-01

    Aimed at 13C metabolic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) applications, we demonstrate that dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) may be combined with optimal control 2D spatial selection to simultaneously obtain high sensitivity and well-defined spatial restriction. This is achieved through the development of spatial-selective single-shot spiral-readout MRI and MRS experiments combined with dynamic nuclear polarization hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate on a 4.7 T pre-clinical MR scanner. The method stands out from related techniques by facilitating anatomic shaped region-of-interest (ROI) single metabolite signals available for higher image resolution or single-peak spectra. The 2D spatial-selective rf pulses were designed using a novel Krotov-based optimal control approach capable of iteratively fast providing successful pulse sequences in the absence of qualified initial guesses. The technique may be important for early detection of abnormal metabolism, monitoring disease progression, and drug research.

  17. Topological control of the Caulobacter cell cycle circuitry by a polarized single-domain PAS protein

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    Sanselicio, Stefano; Bergé, Matthieu; Théraulaz, Laurence; Radhakrishnan, Sunish Kumar; Viollier, Patrick H.

    2015-01-01

    Despite the myriad of different sensory domains encoded in bacteria, only a few types are known to control the cell cycle. Here we use a forward genetic screen for Caulobacter crescentus motility mutants to identify a conserved single-domain PAS (Per-Arnt-Sim) protein (MopJ) with pleiotropic regulatory functions. MopJ promotes re-accumulation of the master cell cycle regulator CtrA after its proteolytic destruction is triggered by the DivJ kinase at the G1-S transition. MopJ and CtrA syntheses are coordinately induced in S-phase, followed by the sequestration of MopJ to cell poles in Caulobacter. Polarization requires Caulobacter DivJ and the PopZ polar organizer. MopJ interacts with DivJ and influences the localization and activity of downstream cell cycle effectors. Because MopJ abundance is upregulated in stationary phase and by the alarmone (p)ppGpp, conserved systemic signals acting on the cell cycle and growth phase control are genetically integrated through this conserved single PAS-domain protein. PMID:25952018

  18. Optical control of hard X-ray polarization by electron injection in a laser wakefield accelerator

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    Schnell, Michael; Sävert, Alexander; Uschmann, Ingo; Reuter, Maria; Nicolai, Maria; Kämpfer, Tino; Landgraf, Björn; Jäckel, Oliver; Jansen, Oliver; Pukhov, Alexander; Kaluza, Malte Christoph; Spielmann, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Laser-plasma particle accelerators could provide more compact sources of high-energy radiation than conventional accelerators. Moreover, because they deliver radiation in femtosecond pulses, they could improve the time resolution of X-ray absorption techniques. Here we show that we can measure and control the polarization of ultra-short, broad-band keV photon pulses emitted from a laser-plasma-based betatron source. The electron trajectories and hence the polarization of the emitted X-rays are experimentally controlled by the pulse-front tilt of the driving laser pulses. Particle-in-cell simulations show that an asymmetric plasma wave can be driven by a tilted pulse front and a non-symmetric intensity distribution of the focal spot. Both lead to a notable off-axis electron injection followed by collective electron–betatron oscillations. We expect that our method for an all-optical steering is not only useful for plasma-based X-ray sources but also has significance for future laser-based particle accelerators. PMID:24026068

  19. Controllably interfacing with metal: a strategy for enhancing CO oxidation on oxide catalysts by surface polarization.

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    Bai, Yu; Zhang, Wenhua; Zhang, Zhenhua; Zhou, Jie; Wang, Xijun; Wang, Chengming; Huang, Weixin; Jiang, Jun; Xiong, Yujie

    2014-10-22

    Heterogeneous catalysis often involves charge transfer from catalyst surface to adsorbed molecules, whose activity thus depends on the surface charge density of catalysts. Here, we demonstrate a unique solution-phase approach to achieve controllable interfacial lengths in oxide-metal hybrid structures. Resulting from their different work functions, surface polarization is induced by the Ag-CuO interface and acts to tailor the surface charge state of CuO. As a result, the designed hybrid catalysts exhibit enhanced intrinsic activities in catalyzing CO oxidation in terms of apparent activation energy, as compared with their counterparts. Moreover, the CO conversion rate can be enhanced by maximizing the Ag-CuO interfacial length and thus the number of active sites on the CuO. This work provides a new strategy for tuning catalytic performance by controlling interface in hybrid catalysts. PMID:25296380

  20. Control of exciton spin statistics through spin polarization in organic optoelectronic devices

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    Wang, Jianpu; Chepelianskii, Alexei; Gao, Feng; Greenham, Neil C.

    2012-01-01

    Spintronics based on organic semiconductor materials is attractive because of its rich fundamental physics and potential for device applications. Manipulating spins is obviously important for spintronics, and is usually achieved by using magnetic electrodes. Here we show a new approach where spin populations can be controlled primarily by energetics rather than kinetics. We find that exciton spin statistics can be substantially controlled by spin-polarizing carriers after injection using high magnetic fields and low temperatures, where the Zeeman energy is comparable with the thermal energy. By using this method, we demonstrate that singlet exciton formation can be suppressed by up to 53% in organic light-emitting diodes, and the dark conductance of organic photovoltaic devices can be increased by up to 45% due to enhanced formation of triplet charge-transfer states, leading to less recombination to the ground state. PMID:23149736

  1. Heterogeneously integrated long-wavelength VCSEL using silicon high contrast grating on an SOI substrate.

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    Ferrara, James; Yang, Weijian; Zhu, Li; Qiao, Pengfei; Chang-Hasnain, Connie J

    2015-02-01

    We report an electrically pumped hybrid cavity AlGaInAs-silicon long-wavelength VCSEL using a high contrast grating (HCG) reflector on a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate. The VCSEL operates at silicon transparent wavelengths ~1.57 μm with >1 mW CW power outcoupled from the semiconductor DBR, and single-mode operation up to 65 °C. The thermal resistance of our device is measured to be 1.46 K/mW. We demonstrate >2.5 GHz 3-dB direct modulation bandwidth, and show error-free transmission over 2.5 km single mode fiber under 5 Gb/s direct modulation. We show a theoretical design of SOI-HCG serving both as a VCSEL reflector as well as waveguide coupler for an in-plane SOI waveguide, facilitating integration of VCSEL with in-plane silicon photonic circuits. The novel HCG-VCSEL design, which employs scalable flip-chip eutectic bonding, may enable low cost light sources for integrated optical links. PMID:25836117

  2. Recent advances in MEMS-VCSELs for high performance structural and functional SS-OCT imaging

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    Jayaraman, V.; John, D. D.; Burgner, C.; Robertson, M. E.; Potsaid, B.; Jiang, J. Y.; Tsai, T. H.; Choi, W.; Lu, C. D.; Heim, P. J. S.; Fujimoto, J. G.; Cable, A. E.

    2014-03-01

    Since the first demonstration of swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) imaging using widely tunable micro-electromechanical systems vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (MEMS-VCSELs) in 2011, VCSEL-based SSOCT has advanced in both device and system performance. These advances include extension of MEMS-VCSEL center wavelength to both 1060nm and 1300nm, improved tuning range and tuning speed, new SS-OCT imaging modes, and demonstration of the first electrically pumped devices. Optically pumped devices have demonstrated continuous singlemode tuning range of 150nm at 1300nm and 122nm at 1060nm, representing a fractional tuning range of 11.5%, which is nearly a factor of 3 greater than the best reported MEMS-VCSEL tuning ranges prior to 2011. These tuning ranges have also been achieved with wavelength modulation rates of >500kHz, enabling >1 MHz axial scan rates. In addition, recent electrically pumped devices have exhibited 48.5nm continuous tuning range around 1060nm with 890kHz axial scan rate, representing a factor of two increase in tuning over previously reported electrically pumped MEMS-VCSELs in this wavelength range. New imaging modes enabled by optically pumped devices at 1060nm and 1300nm include full eye length imaging, pulsatile Doppler blood flow imaging, high-speed endoscopic imaging, and hand-held wide-field retinal imaging.

  3. Simultaneous optical manipulation of multiple particles inside microfluidic channels using one rectangular-shaped VCSEL

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    Bou Sanayeh, Marwan; Bergmann, Anna; Michalzik, Rainer

    2014-05-01

    Optical trapping for isolation and sorting of cells and particles inside microfluidic channels is an efficient non-destructive manipulation technique in the field of biophotonics. In recent years, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) have been proven to be excellent light sources for particle manipulation inside microfluidic channels. The small dimension and low power consumption of these devices enable direct integration with the channels. With such integration, however, the simultaneous manipulation or trapping of multiple particles require the usage of densely packed VCSEL arrays with very small device pitch, which makes the fabrication process more expensive and more complicated. We present an innovative technique for simultaneous optical multi-particle manipulation using one rectangular-shaped top-emitting AlGaAsGaAs VCSEL resonator having an active aperture area of around 100 × 14 μm2. The VCSEL emission wavelength is about 850 nm, which is suitable for usage in biophotonics, as biological materials present very little absorption in the near-infrared spectral range. Furthermore, this oblong VCSEL can potentially be integrated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic channels to form miniaturized optofluidic chips for ultra-compact particle handling and manipulation. We show efficient single as well as multiple polystyrene particle trapping and sorting inside PDMS microfluidic channels.

  4. Impact of optical feedback on current-induced polarization behavior of 1550 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

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    Deng, Tao; Wu, Zheng-Mao; Xie, Yi-Yuan; Wu, Jia-Gui; Tang, Xi; Fan, Li; Panajotov, Krassimir; Xia, Guang-Qiong

    2013-06-01

    Polarization switching (PS) between two orthogonal linearly polarized fundamental modes is experimentally observed in commercial free-running 1550 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) (Raycan). The characteristics of this PS are strongly modified after introducing a polarization-preserved (PP) or polarization-orthogonal (PO) optical feedback. Under the case that the external cavity is approximately 30 cm, the PP optical feedback results in the PS point shifting toward a lower injection current, and the region within which the two polarization modes coexist is enlarged with the increase of the PP feedback strength. Under too-strong PP feedback levels, the PS disappears. The impact of PO optical feedback on VCSEL polarization behavior is quite similar to that of PP optical feedback, but larger feedback strength is needed to obtain similar results. PMID:23736341

  5. LabVIEW-based control software for para-hydrogen induced polarization instrumentation.

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    Agraz, Jose; Grunfeld, Alexander; Li, Debiao; Cunningham, Karl; Willey, Cindy; Pozos, Robert; Wagner, Shawn

    2014-04-01

    The elucidation of cell metabolic mechanisms is the modern underpinning of the diagnosis, treatment, and in some cases the prevention of disease. Para-Hydrogen induced polarization (PHIP) enhances magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals over 10,000 fold, allowing for the MRI of cell metabolic mechanisms. This signal enhancement is the result of hyperpolarizing endogenous substances used as contrast agents during imaging. PHIP instrumentation hyperpolarizes Carbon-13 ((13)C) based substances using a process requiring control of a number of factors: chemical reaction timing, gas flow, monitoring of a static magnetic field (Bo), radio frequency (RF) irradiation timing, reaction temperature, and gas pressures. Current PHIP instruments manually control the hyperpolarization process resulting in the lack of the precise control of factors listed above, resulting in non-reproducible results. We discuss the design and implementation of a LabVIEW based computer program that automatically and precisely controls the delivery and manipulation of gases and samples, monitoring gas pressures, environmental temperature, and RF sample irradiation. We show that the automated control over the hyperpolarization process results in the hyperpolarization of hydroxyethylpropionate. The implementation of this software provides the fast prototyping of PHIP instrumentation for the evaluation of a myriad of (13)C based endogenous contrast agents used in molecular imaging. PMID:24784636

  6. LabVIEW-based control software for para-hydrogen induced polarization instrumentation

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    Agraz, Jose Grunfeld, Alexander; Li, Debiao; BIRI, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, West Hollywood, California 90048 ; Cunningham, Karl; Willey, Cindy; Pozos, Robert; Wagner, Shawn

    2014-04-15

    The elucidation of cell metabolic mechanisms is the modern underpinning of the diagnosis, treatment, and in some cases the prevention of disease. Para-Hydrogen induced polarization (PHIP) enhances magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals over 10 000 fold, allowing for the MRI of cell metabolic mechanisms. This signal enhancement is the result of hyperpolarizing endogenous substances used as contrast agents during imaging. PHIP instrumentation hyperpolarizes Carbon-13 ({sup 13}C) based substances using a process requiring control of a number of factors: chemical reaction timing, gas flow, monitoring of a static magnetic field (B{sub o}), radio frequency (RF) irradiation timing, reaction temperature, and gas pressures. Current PHIP instruments manually control the hyperpolarization process resulting in the lack of the precise control of factors listed above, resulting in non-reproducible results. We discuss the design and implementation of a LabVIEW based computer program that automatically and precisely controls the delivery and manipulation of gases and samples, monitoring gas pressures, environmental temperature, and RF sample irradiation. We show that the automated control over the hyperpolarization process results in the hyperpolarization of hydroxyethylpropionate. The implementation of this software provides the fast prototyping of PHIP instrumentation for the evaluation of a myriad of {sup 13}C based endogenous contrast agents used in molecular imaging.

  7. Ultrafast direct modulation of transverse-mode coupled-cavity VCSELs far beyond the relaxation oscillation frequency

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    Dalir, Hamed; Koyama, Fumio

    2014-02-01

    A novel approach for bandwidth augmentation for direct modulation of VCSELs using transverse-coupled-cavity (TCC) scheme is raised, which enables us to tailor the modulation-transfer function. The base structure is similar to that of 3QW VCSELs with 980 nm wavelength operation. While the bandwidth of conventional VCSELs was limited by 9-10 GHz, the 3-dB bandwidth of TCC VCSEL with aperture diameters of 8.5×8.5μm2 and 3×3μm2 are increased by a factor of 3 far beyond the relaxation-oscillation frequency. Our current bandwidth achievement on the larger aperture size is 29 GHz which is limited by the used photo-detector. To the best of our knowledge this is the fastest 980 nm VCSEL.

  8. Dynamic modulation of spatially structured polarization fields for real-time control of ultrafast laser-material interactions.

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    Jin, Y; Allegre, O J; Perrie, W; Abrams, K; Ouyang, J; Fearon, E; Edwardson, S P; Dearden, G

    2013-10-21

    The polarization state of an ultrafast laser is dynamically controlled using two Spatial Light Modulators and additional waveplates. Consequently, four states of polarization, linear horizontal and vertical, radial and azimuthal, all with a ring intensity distribution, were dynamically switched at a frequency ν = 12.5 Hz while synchronized with a motion control system. This technique, demonstrated here for the first time, enables a remarkable level of real-time control of the properties of light waves and applied to real-time surface patterning, shows that highly controlled nanostructuring is possible. Laser ablation of Induced Periodic Surface Structures is used to directly verify the state of polarization at the focal plane. PMID:24150374

  9. Polarization-Controlled Differentiation of Human Neural Stem Cells Using Synergistic Cues from the Patterns of Carbon Nanotube Monolayer Coating

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    Park, Sung Young; Choi, Dong Shin; Jin, Hye Jun; Park, Juhun; Byun, Kyung-Eun; Lee, Ki-Bum; Hong, Seunghun

    2011-01-01

    We report a method for selective growth and structural-polarization-controlled neuronal differentiation of human neural stem cells (hNSCs) into neurons using carbon nanotube network patterns. The CNT patterns provide synergistic cues for the differentiation of hNSCs in physiological solution and an optimal nanotopography at the same time with good biocompatibility. We demonstrated a polarized-controlled neuronal differentiation at the level of individual NSCs. This result should provide a stable and versatile platform for controlling the hNSC growth because CNT patterns are known to be stable in time unlike commonly-used organic molecular patterns. PMID:21568294

  10. Modal characteristics of 2D antiguided VCSEL arrays

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    Zhou, Delai; Napartovich, Anatoly P.; Elkin, Nickolai N.; Vysotsky, Dmitri V.; Mawst, Luke J.

    2002-06-01

    Cold-cavity modal behavior of a 2-D (4x4 square lattice geometry) antiguided vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) array is studied by the means of an effective-index model and fiber-mode approximation. The calculations show that the 2-D array can operate under a resonant condition, provided that a resonance in both of the 1-D directions is satisfied. Although out-of-phase and adjacent modes will compete with the in-phase mode around its resonant position, our simulation shows that, with the introduction of inter-element loss, the in-phase mode can be favored to lase for a wide range of inter-element width, s, around its resonant position. The effective-index model is shown to be in qualitative agreement with a more comprehensive (exact) 3-D beam-propagation-based simulation, which takes into account the actual layered structure. The 2-D antiguides are constructed from shifting the cavity resonance between the element and inter-element regions and fabricated by chemically selective etching and two-step MOCVD growth. While both diffraction-limited resonant in-phase and out-of-phase modes are observed from top-emitting arrays, a 2-D bottom-emitting structure is adopted to improve heat removal. Preliminary results of 40 mW pulsed and 10 mW CW powers have been obtained from the junction up and down arrays respectively.

  11. Electrical characterization of long wavelength VCSELs with tunnel junction

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    Consoli, A.; Arias, J.; Tijero, J. M.; López Hernández, F. J.; Esquivias, I.

    2011-03-01

    We present results on the electrical characterization of commercial fiber pigtailed 1. 55 μm 2.5 Gb/s VCSEL based on InAlGaAs active region, tunnel junction (TJ), air-gap aperture and InAlGaAs/InAlAs mirrors. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics were measured and the results were fitted to the analytical expressions of an equivalent circuit considering the TJ in series with the active junction and a series resistance. Carrier capture/escape effects were considered in order to account for the reduced value of the drop in the measured differential resistance at threshold. The electrical parameters of both junctions were determined, showing that the TJ was responsible for most of the voltage drop at threshold. High frequency electrical impedance measurements were used to determine internal parameters as well as the role of external parasitics. The results were analyzed using a small signal equivalent circuit which includes the TJ, carrier capture/escape effects, the cavity parasitics, and the electrical access. A good agreement between the experimental and the equivalent circuit impedances at different bias was obtained by considering the differential resistances of the active and tunnel junctions extracted from the I-V characteristics, yielding reasonable values of the dynamic time constants and of the recombination coefficients.

  12. Control of vertebrate core planar cell polarity protein localization and dynamics by Prickle 2

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    Butler, Mitchell T.; Wallingford, John B.

    2015-01-01

    Planar cell polarity (PCP) is a ubiquitous property of animal tissues and is essential for morphogenesis and homeostasis. In most cases, this fundamental property is governed by a deeply conserved set of ‘core PCP’ proteins, which includes the transmembrane proteins Van Gogh-like (Vangl) and Frizzled (Fzd), as well as the cytoplasmic effectors Prickle (Pk) and Dishevelled (Dvl). Asymmetric localization of these proteins is thought to be central to their function, and understanding the dynamics of these proteins is an important challenge in developmental biology. Among the processes that are organized by the core PCP proteins is the directional beating of cilia, such as those in the vertebrate node, airway and brain. Here, we exploit the live imaging capabilities of Xenopus to chart the progressive asymmetric localization of fluorescent reporters of Dvl1, Pk2 and Vangl1 in a planar polarized ciliated epithelium. Using this system, we also characterize the influence of Pk2 on the asymmetric dynamics of Vangl1 at the cell cortex, and we define regions of Pk2 that control its own localization and those impacting Vangl1. Finally, our data reveal a striking uncoupling of Vangl1 and Dvl1 asymmetry. This study advances our understanding of conserved PCP protein functions and also establishes a rapid, tractable platform to facilitate future in vivo studies of vertebrate PCP protein dynamics. PMID:26293301

  13. Electrically controlled spin polarization and selection in a topological insulator sandwiched between ferromagnetic electrodes

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    Guo, Junji; Liao, Wenhu Zhao, Heping; Zhou, Guanghui

    2014-01-14

    We theoretically investigate the electrically controllable spin polarization and selective efficiency of the edge state Dirac electron in a two-dimensional topological insulator (TI) sandwiched between ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes by using the method of Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's function. A nearly full spin polarization of the topological edge state with giant inversion of ∼80% is observed, which is much higher than the value previously reported. Moreover, the selective efficiency for spin-up electrons under the modulation of the parallel configuration of FM electrodes has been demonstrated to be larger than 95% for the first time, while that for spin-down electrons in the antiparallel case is higher than 90% in a wide energy range, owing to the inter-edge spin tunneling induced backscattering and spin dephasing effect. The obtained results may provide a deeper understanding of the TI edge states and a valuable guidance to design spin switch and filter with high on-off speed and selective efficiency based on TIs.

  14. Midline 1 controls polarization and migration of murine cytotoxic T cells

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    Boding, Lasse; Hansen, Ann K; Nielsen, Morten M; Meroni, Germana; Braunstein, Thomas H; Woetmann, Anders; Ødum, Niels; Bonefeld, Charlotte M; Geisler, Carsten

    2014-01-01

    Midline 1 (MID1) is a microtubule-associated ubiquitin ligase that regulates protein phosphatase 2 A levels. Loss-of-function mutations in MID1 lead to the human X-linked Opitz G/BBB (OS) syndrome characterized by defective midline development during embryogenesis. We have recently shown that MID1 is strongly up-regulated in murine cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), and that it has a significant impact on exocytosis of lytic granules and the killing capacity of CTLs. The aims of the present study were to determine the localization of MID1 in migrating CTLs, and to investigate whether MID1 affects CTL polarization and migration. We found that MID1 mainly localizes to the uropod of migrating CTLs and that it has a substantial impact on CTL polarization and migration in vitro. Furthermore, analysis of contact hypersensitivity responses supported that MID1 controls effector functions of CTLs in hapten-challenged skin in vivo. These results provide significant new knowledge on the role of MID1 in CTL biology. PMID:25866633

  15. Development and characterization of controlled release polar lipid microparticles of candesartan cilexetil by solid dispersion.

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    Kamalakkannan, V; Puratchikody, A; Ramanathan, L

    2013-04-01

    Candesartan cilexetil (CC) is a newer class of angiotensin II receptor antagonist used for the treatment of hypertension. The solubility of the CC is very poor and its oral bioavailability is only 15%. The controlledrelease polar lipid microparticles of CC (formulations F1, F2, F3 and F4) were prepared using variable erodible lipophilic excipients like hydrogenated castor oil, stearic acid, cetostearyl alcohol and carnauba wax by fusion method. The particle sizes of polar lipid microparticles were less than 50 microns and they were irregular in shape. Drug content ranged between 98.96 ± 2.1 and 101.9 ± 1.6% were present in all the formulations. The formulation F3 showed better drug release throughout the study period in a controlled release manner. Moreover, the in vitro release showed that all the formulations were best fitted to Higuchi model. Accelerated stability studies indicated that there was no significant changes in the chemical and physical characteristics of the formulated drug product during initial and at the end of the study period. The FTIR and DSC studies showed that there was no interaction between the drug and lipophilic excipients and no polymorphic transitions in all formulations. The X-ray diffraction peak of solid dispersion indicated that the crystalline nature of CC disappeared and no new peaks could be observed, suggesting the absence of interaction between drug and excipients. PMID:24019822

  16. Development and characterization of controlled release polar lipid microparticles of candesartan cilexetil by solid dispersion

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    Kamalakkannan, V; Puratchikody, A; Ramanathan, L

    2013-01-01

    Candesartan cilexetil (CC) is a newer class of angiotensin II receptor antagonist used for the treatment of hypertension. The solubility of the CC is very poor and its oral bioavailability is only 15%. The controlledrelease polar lipid microparticles of CC (formulations F1, F2, F3 and F4) were prepared using variable erodible lipophilic excipients like hydrogenated castor oil, stearic acid, cetostearyl alcohol and carnauba wax by fusion method. The particle sizes of polar lipid microparticles were less than 50 microns and they were irregular in shape. Drug content ranged between 98.96 ± 2.1 and 101.9 ± 1.6% were present in all the formulations. The formulation F3 showed better drug release throughout the study period in a controlled release manner. Moreover, the in vitro release showed that all the formulations were best fitted to Higuchi model. Accelerated stability studies indicated that there was no significant changes in the chemical and physical characteristics of the formulated drug product during initial and at the end of the study period. The FTIR and DSC studies showed that there was no interaction between the drug and lipophilic excipients and no polymorphic transitions in all formulations. The X-ray diffraction peak of solid dispersion indicated that the crystalline nature of CC disappeared and no new peaks could be observed, suggesting the absence of interaction between drug and excipients. PMID:24019822

  17. Miro-1 links mitochondria and microtubule Dynein motors to control lymphocyte migration and polarity.

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    Morlino, Giulia; Barreiro, Olga; Baixauli, Francesc; Robles-Valero, Javier; González-Granado, José M; Villa-Bellosta, Ricardo; Cuenca, Jesús; Sánchez-Sorzano, Carlos O; Veiga, Esteban; Martín-Cófreces, Noa B; Sánchez-Madrid, Francisco

    2014-04-01

    The recruitment of leukocytes to sites of inflammation is crucial for a functional immune response. In the present work, we explored the role of mitochondria in lymphocyte adhesion, polarity, and migration. We show that during adhesion to the activated endothelium under physiological flow conditions, lymphocyte mitochondria redistribute to the adhesion zone together with the microtubule-organizing center (MTOC) in an integrin-dependent manner. Mitochondrial redistribution and efficient lymphocyte adhesion to the endothelium require the function of Miro-1, an adaptor molecule that couples mitochondria to microtubules. Our data demonstrate that Miro-1 associates with the dynein complex. Moreover, mitochondria accumulate around the MTOC in response to the chemokine CXCL12/SDF-1α; this redistribution is regulated by Miro-1. CXCL12-dependent cell polarization and migration are reduced in Miro-1-silenced cells, due to impaired myosin II activation at the cell uropod and diminished actin polymerization. These data point to a key role of Miro-1 in the control of lymphocyte adhesion and migration through the regulation of mitochondrial redistribution. PMID:24492963

  18. Optical phase modulation based on directly modulated reflection-mode OIL-VCSEL.

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    Guo, Peng; Sun, Tao; Yang, Weijian; Parekh, Devang; Zhang, Cheng; Xie, Xiaopeng; Chang-Hasnain, Connie J; Xu, Anshi; Chen, Zhangyuan

    2013-09-23

    Optical phase modulation based on directly modulated reflection-mode optically injection-locked VCSEL is investigated based on standard OIL rate equations and reflection-mode OIL model. The phase information of both static and dynamic state is simulated. The difference of static state phase information between transmission- and reflection-mode OIL is numerically analyzed. With specific OIL parameters, the output power of directly modulated OIL-VCSEL remains constant and phase deviation of 0.934π rad is obtained. Results show that a directly modulated OIL-VCSEL can function as a key component in QPSK or 8PSK transmitters. Preliminary 2.5 Gb/s PSK modulation characteristic is demonstrated experimentally. PMID:24104103

  19. Flip-chip assembly of VCSELs to silicon grating couplers via laser fabricated SU8 prisms.

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    Kaur, K S; Subramanian, A Z; Cardile, P; Verplancke, R; Van Kerrebrouck, J; Spiga, S; Meyer, R; Bauwelinck, J; Baets, R; Van Steenberge, G

    2015-11-01

    This article presents the flip-chip bonding of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) to silicon grating couplers (GCs) via SU8 prisms. The SU8 prisms are defined on top of the GCs using non-uniform laser ablation process. The prisms enable perfectly vertical coupling from the bonded VCSELs to the GCs. The VCSELs are flip-chip bonded on top of the silicon GCs employing the laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT)-assisted thermocompression technique. An excess loss of < 1 dB at 1.55 µm measured from the bonded assemblies is reported in this paper. The results of high speed transmission experiments performed on the bonded assemblies with clear eye openings up to 20 Gb/s are also presented. PMID:26561097

  20. Optically controlled polarizer using a ladder transition for high speed Stokesmetric Imaging and Quantum Zeno Effect based optical logic.

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    Krishnamurthy, Subramanian; Wang, Y; Tu, Y; Tseng, S; Shahriar, M S

    2013-10-21

    We demonstrate an optically controlled polarizer at ~1323 nm using a ladder transition in a Rb vapor cell. The lower leg of the 5S(1/2),F = 1->5P(1/2),F = 1,2->6S(1/2),F = 1,2 transitions is excited by a Ti:Sapphire laser locked to a saturated absorption signal, representing the control beam. A tunable fiber laser at ~1323 nm is used to excite the upper leg of the transitions, representing the signal beam. When the control beam is linearly polarized, it produces an excitation of the intermediate level with a particular orientation of the angular momentum. Under ideal conditions, this orientation is transparent to the signal beam if it has the same polarization as the control beam and is absorbed when it is polarized orthogonally. We also present numerical simulations of the system using a comprehensive model which incorporates all the relevant Zeeman sub-levels in the system, and identify means to improve the performance of the polarizer. A novel algorithm to compute the evolution of large scale quantum system enabled us to perform this computation, which may have been considered too cumbersome to carry out previously. We describe how such a polarizer may serve as a key component for high-speed Stokesmetric imaging. We also show how such a polarizer, combined with an optically controlled waveplate, recently demonstrated by us, can be used to realize a high speed optical logic gate by making use of the Quantum Zeno Effect. Finally, we describe how such a logic gate can be realized at an ultra-low power level using a tapered nanofiber embedded in a vapor cell. PMID:24150297

  1. High-speed single-mode quantum dot and quantum well VCSELs

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    Ledentsov, Nikolay N.; Lott, James A.; Bimberg, Dieter; Mutig, Alex; Fiol, Gerrit; Blokhin, Sergey A.; Nadtochiy, Alexey M.; Shchukin, Vitaly A.; Kropp, Jörg; Novikov, Innokenty I.; Karachinsky, Leonid Y.; Maximov, Mikhail V.

    2011-03-01

    As the density of transistors in CMOS integrated circuits continues to roughly double each two years the processor computational power also roughly doubles. Since the number of input/output (I/O) devices can not increase without bound I/O speed must analogously approximately double each two years. In the Infiniband EDR standard (2011) a single channel bit rate of 26 Gb/s is foreseen. The maximum reliable and efficient copper link length shrinks at bit rates above 10 Gb/s to a few meters at best. At higher bit rates the length of a given multimode fiber link must also shrink, due to both modal and wavelength dispersions. Although the modal dispersion in modern multimode OM3 and OM4 fibers that are optimized for 850 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) is reduced, the wavelength dispersion remains a serious issue for standard multimode VCSELs. An ultimate solution to overcome this problem is to apply single-mode VCSELs to extend and ultimately maximize the link length. In this paper we demonstrate recent results for single-mode VCSELs with very high relaxation resonance frequencies. Quantum well 850 nm VCSELs with record high 30 GHz resonance frequencies are demonstrated. Additionally single-mode data transmission at 35 Gb/s over multimode fiber is demonstrated. For comparison we also present specific device modeling parameters and performance characteristics of 850 nm single-mode quantum dot (QD) VCSELs. Despite a significant spectral broadening of the QD photoluminescence and gain due to QD size dispersion we obtain relaxation resonance frequencies as high as 17 GHz.

  2. Controlling the Hyperfine State of Rovibronic Ground-State Polar Molecules

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    Ospelkaus, S.; Ni, K.-K.; Quemener, G.; Neyenhuis, B.; Wang, D.; Miranda, M. H. G. de; Bohn, J. L.; Ye, J.; Jin, D. S.

    2010-01-22

    We report the preparation of a rovibronic ground-state molecular quantum gas in a single hyperfine state and, in particular, the absolute lowest quantum state. This addresses the last internal degree of freedom remaining after the recent production of a near quantum degenerate gas of molecules in their rovibronic ground state, and provides a crucial step towards full control over molecular quantum gases. We demonstrate a scheme that is general for bialkali polar molecules and allows the preparation of molecules in a single hyperfine state or in an arbitrary coherent superposition of hyperfine states. The scheme relies on electric-dipole, two-photon microwave transitions through rotationally excited states and makes use of electric nuclear quadrupole interactions to transfer molecular population between different hyperfine states.

  3. A Permanent Magnet Hall Thruster for Pulsed Orbit Control of Lunar Polar Satellites

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    Silva Moraes, Brunno; Ferreira, José Leonardo; Soares Ferreira, Ivan; Cabo Winter, Othon; Cardozo Mourão, Décio

    2014-05-01

    Future Moon missions devoted to Lunar surface remote sensing, for example, will require very fine and accurate orbit control. It is well known that Lunar satellites in polar orbits will suffer a high increase on the eccentricity due to the gravitational perturbation of the Earth. Without proper orbit correction the satellite lifetime will decrease and end up in a collision with the Moon surface. It is pointed out by many authors that this effect is a natural consequence of the Lidov-Kozai resonance. We studied different arcs of active lunar satellite propulsion, centered on the orbit apoapsis or periapsis, in order to be able to introduce a correction of the eccentricity at each cycle. The proposed method is based on an approach intended to keep the orbital eccentricity of the satellite at low values.

  4. DKIST controls model for synchronization of instrument cameras, polarization modulators, and mechanisms

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    Ferayorni, Andrew; Beard, Andrew; Berst, Chris; Goodrich, Bret

    2014-07-01

    The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) will include facility instruments that perform polarimetric observations of the sun. In order for an instrument to successfully perform these observations its Instrument Controller (IC) software must be able to tightly synchronize the activities of its sub-systems including polarization modulators, cameras, and mechanisms. In this paper we discuss the DKIST control model for synchronizing these sub-systems without the use of hardware trigger lines by using the DKIST Time Reference And Distribution System (TRADS) as a common time base and through sub-system control interfaces that support configuring the timing and cadence of their behavior. The DKIST Polarization Modulator Controller System (PMCS) provides an interface that allows the IC to characterize the rotation of the modulator in terms of a reference time (t0), rate, and start state. The DKIST Virtual Camera (VC) provides a complimentary interface that allows data acquisitions and accumulation sequences to be specified using a reference time (t0), rate, and execution block time slices, which are cumulative offsets from t0. Re-configuration of other instrument mechanisms such as filter, slits, or steering mirrors during the observation is the responsibility of the IC and must be carefully scheduled at known and pre-determined gaps in the VC data acquisition sequence. The DKIST TRADS provides an IEEE-1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) service that is used to synchronize the activities of instrument sub-systems. The modulator, camera, and mechanism sub-systems subscribe to this service and can therefore perform their tasks according to a common time base. In this paper we discuss the design of the PMCS, VC, and mechanism control interfaces, and how the IC can use them to configure the behavior of these sub-systems during an observation. We also discuss the interface to TRADS and how it is used as a common time base in each of these sub-systems. We present our preliminary results of the system performance against known instrument use cases.

  5. GBLD10+: a compact low-power 10 Gb/s VCSEL driver

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    Zhang, T.; Kulis, S.; Gui, P.; Tavernier, F.; Moreira, P.

    2016-01-01

    We report the design and implementation of the GBLD10+, a low-power 10 Gb/s VCSEL driver for High Energy Physics (HEP) applications. With new circuit techniques, the driver consumes only 31 mW and occupies a small area of 400 μm × 1750 μm including the IO PADs and sealrings. These characteristics allow for multiple GBLD10+ ICs to be assembled side by side in a compact module, with each one directly wire bonded to one VCSEL diode. This makes the GBLD10+ a suitable candidate for the Versatile Link PLUS (VL+) project, offering flexibility in configuring multiple transmitters and receivers.

  6. Interrogation of fiber Bragg grating sensors using a VCSEL and correlation techniques

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    Triana, Cristian; Varón, Margarita; Pastor, Daniel

    2015-09-01

    We describe a demodulation technique for optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors based in the utilization of a long wavelength Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). The identification of the FBG wavelength is performed by sweeping the VCSEL wavelength over the operation range of the sensors and correlating its raising and falling periods in order to automatically determine the initial and final points of the wavelength to time mapping readout. The process is carried out by a simple computational routine, which allows the identification of the FBGs' spectral position leading to a cost-effective scheme.

  7. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) sources for frequency domain photon migration

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    O'Sullivan, Thomas D.; No, Keun-Sik; Matlock, Alex; Hill, Brian; Cerussi, Albert E.; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2015-03-01

    Frequency domain photon migration (FDPM) uses modulated laser light to measure the bulk optical properties of turbid media and is increasingly being applied for noninvasive functional medical imaging. Though semiconductor edge emitting laser diodes (EELs) have been traditionally used for this application, we show that VCSELs exhibit performance characteristics suitable for FDPM measurements of tissue optical properties. Their output power and modulation characteristics are more than sufficient for optical property recovery. In addition, their small size, high efficiency, low cost, and simple packaging make them an attractive choice as components in clinical FDPM systems. We demonstrate a unique, compact optical probe that was enabled by VCSEL technology.

  8. Electrical characterization and application of very high speed vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs)

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    Hietala, V.M.; Lear, K.L.; Armendariz, M.G.

    1997-04-01

    Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) offer many benefits over conventional edge-emitting lasers including economical microelectronic batch processing, easy extension to 2-D arrays, and of interest here, very large intrinsic bandwidths due to reduced cavity volume. Results of electrical characterization of a 19 GHz bandwidth 850 nm VCSEL are presented. Small-signal characterization and modeling of the frequency response and device impedance is presented. Large signal performance is studied using two-tone RF and high-speed digital measurements. Appropriate drive conditions for high-speed digital applications are demonstrated.

  9. Electrically pumped fluidic cavity (EPFC) VCSEL for the detection of biologic agents

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    Yu, Tao; Ao, Tao; Hartinger, Klaus; Shao, Hua; Wilmsen, Carl W.; Lear, Kevin L.; Geib, Kent M.; Feld, Stewart A.

    2003-06-01

    A fluidic cavity vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) is presented for the detection of biological agents via introducing the analytic biofluid into the high finesse laser cavity. The optical properties of the fluid as modified by the biological cells they contain are sensed by monitoring the output optical intensity and wavelength of the laser. As a preliminary study, our first generation electrically pumped GaAs/AlGaAs based fluidic cavity VCSEL is described, with emphasis on the system design and techniques for the system construction. The device shows a strong spontaneous emission and a considerable wavelength shift when DI water is capillarily fed into the fluidic cavity.

  10. Coherent electronic wave packet motion in C(60) controlled by the waveform and polarization of few-cycle laser fields.

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    Li, H; Mignolet, B; Wachter, G; Skruszewicz, S; Zherebtsov, S; Süssmann, F; Kessel, A; Trushin, S A; Kling, Nora G; Kübel, M; Ahn, B; Kim, D; Ben-Itzhak, I; Cocke, C L; Fennel, T; Tiggesbäumker, J; Meiwes-Broer, K-H; Lemell, C; Burgdörfer, J; Levine, R D; Remacle, F; Kling, M F

    2015-03-27

    Strong laser fields can be used to trigger an ultrafast molecular response that involves electronic excitation and ionization dynamics. Here, we report on the experimental control of the spatial localization of the electronic excitation in the C_{60} fullerene exerted by an intense few-cycle (4 fs) pulse at 720 nm. The control is achieved by tailoring the carrier-envelope phase and the polarization of the laser pulse. We find that the maxima and minima of the photoemission-asymmetry parameter along the laser-polarization axis are synchronized with the localization of the coherent electronic wave packet at around the time of ionization. PMID:25860740

  11. a Permanent Magnet Hall Thruster for Orbit Control of Lunar Polar Satellites

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    Ferreira, Jose Leonardo; Silva Moraes, Bruno; Soares Ferreira, Ivan; Cardozo Mour, Decio; Winter, Othon

    Future moon missions devoted to lunar surface remote sensing and to many others scientific exploration topics will require more fine and higher precision orbit control. It is well known that, lunar satellites in polar orbits will suffer a high increase on the eccentricity due to the gravitational perturbation of the Earth. Without proper orbit correction the satellite life time will decrease and end up in a collision with the moon surface. It is pointed out by many authors that this effect is a natural consequence of the Lidov-Kozai resonance. In the present work, we propose a precise method of orbit eccentricity control based on the use of a low thrust Hall plasma thruster. The proposed method is based on an approach intended to keep the orbital eccentricity of the satellite at low values. A previous work on this subject was made using numerical integration considering two systems: the 3-body problem, Moon-Earth-satellite and the 4-body problem, Moon-Earth-Sun-satellite (??). In such simulation it is possible to follow the evolution of the satellite's eccentricity and find empirical expressions for the length of time needed to occur the collision with the moon. In this work, a satellite orbit eccentricity control maneuvering is proposed. It is based on working parameters of a low thrust propulsion permanent magnet Hall plasma thruster (PMHT), which is been developed at University of Brasilia, Brazil. We studied different arcs of active lunar satellite propulsion in order to be able to introduce a correction of the eccentricity at each cycle. The calculations were made considering a set of different thrust values, from 0.1N up to 0.4N which can be obtained by using the PMHT. In each calculation procedure we measured the length of eccentricity correction provided by active propulsion. From these results we obtained empirical expressions of the time needed for the corrections as a function of the initial altitude and as a function of the thrust value. 1. Winter, O. C. et all in Controlling the Eccentricity of Polar Lunar Orbits with Low Thrust Propulsion, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. on Space Dynamics, 2009.

  12. Possible Composition of Martian Polar Caps and Controls on Ice-Cap Behavior

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    Kargel, J. S.

    1998-01-01

    David Fisher asked "if martian polar caps flow." Are martian polar caps akin to Earth's polar glacial ice sheets, or are they immobile? Though certain dynamical differences are obvious, it is unknown whether similarities in ice tectonics may also exist. The question bears not only on modem martian polar processes, but perhaps on hypothesized glacial processes elsewhere on Mars in the geologic past. The rheological properties and tectonics of martian polar caps also pertain to the possibility that liquids may have existed beneath the polar caps in the past, or even now, and to prospects for life in possible lakes beneath the ice caps. The cold martian polar surface temperatures and the lower martian gravity suggest a reduced propensity of martian polar ice deposits to deform under their own weight. The greater accumulation timescales of the martian polar caps compared to Earth's also mean that more time has been available for accumulated deformation, possibly offsetting the effects of colder temperatures and lower gravity on Mars. Further complicating our understanding is that the martian polar caps may not be made purely of ordinary water ice - CO2 is another possible major constituent; the rheological and melting behavior may be very different from what we are accustomed to dealing with on Earth.

  13. Solar wind control of the open magnetosphere: Comparison of GGS/polar images and theory

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    Urquhart, Andrew Lee

    This investigation explores the connection between the open polar cap magnetic flux ΦPCF and interplanetary conditions. Φ PCF is determined from GGS/Polar VIS Earth Camera far ultraviolet observations of the aurora borealis. Observations from the GGS/Wind SWE and MFI instruments are used to characterize the interplanetary conditions. Additional observations from the IMP-8 PLA and MAG instruments are used to evaluate solar wind propagation time delay estimation methods so that the GGS/Wind observations can be better associated with the GGS/Polar observations. This allows the GGS/Wind observations to be used to estimate the polar cap potential φPCP values associated with the GGS/Polar ΦPCF values. Statistical methods are applied to determine a proxy relationship between φPCP and ΦPCF. The Rice Field Model (RFM) is modified to accept Φ PCF as a configuration parameter, and RFM polar caps are produced using Φ PCF determined both directly from the GGS/Polar images and by the proxy relationship from the GGS/Wind data. The RFM is able to produce polar caps with the same areas and open magnetic fluxes as the GGS/Polar observations, but the agreement in the polar cap shapes and locations leaves opportunities for further improvements.

  14. Control of electron localization in the dissociation of H2+ using orthogonally polarized two-color sequential laser pulses

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    He, Feng

    2012-12-01

    Orthogonally polarized two-color sequential laser pulses are used to control the electron localization in the dissociation of H2+. The first single attosecond pulse, whose polarization axis is perpendicular to the molecular axis, excites H2+ from 1sσg to 2pπu, and the time-delayed infrared pulse, whose polarization axis is parallel to the molecular axis, steers the electron between two nuclei. The simulation of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation predicts the control degree of the electron localization can be up to 90% with the current laser technology. In this article, we reveal that the mechanism for this asymmetric localization is due to the mixture of 2pπg and 2pπu, instead of 1sσgand 2pσu in the previous studies.

  15. Topographic cell instructive patterns to control cell adhesion, polarization and migration

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    Ventre, Maurizio; Natale, Carlo Fortunato; Rianna, Carmela; Netti, Paolo Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Topographic patterns are known to affect cellular processes such as adhesion, migration and differentiation. However, the optimal way to deliver topographic signals to provide cells with precise instructions has not been defined yet. In this work, we hypothesize that topographic patterns may be able to control the sensing and adhesion machinery of cells when their interval features are tuned on the characteristic lengths of filopodial probing and focal adhesions (FAs). Features separated by distance beyond the length of filopodia cannot be readily perceived; therefore, the formation of new adhesions is discouraged. If, however, topographic features are separated by a distance within the reach of filopodia extension, cells can establish contact between adjacent topographic islands. In the latter case, cell adhesion and polarization rely upon the growth of FAs occurring on a specific length scale that depends on the chemical properties of the surface. Topographic patterns and chemical properties may interfere with the growth of FAs, thus making adhesions unstable. To test this hypothesis, we fabricated different micropatterned surfaces displaying feature dimensions and adhesive properties able to interfere with the filopodial sensing and the adhesion maturation, selectively. Our data demonstrate that it is possible to exert a potent control on cell adhesion, elongation and migration by tuning topographic features’ dimensions and surface chemistry. PMID:25253035

  16. Distinct Roles for Two Gα–Gβ Interfaces in Cell Polarity Control by a Yeast Heterotrimeric G Protein

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    Strickfaden, Shelly C.

    2008-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae mating pheromones trigger dissociation of a heterotrimeric G protein (Gαβγ) into Gα-guanosine triphosphate (GTP) and Gβγ. The Gβγ dimer regulates both mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase cascade signaling and cell polarization. Here, by independently activating the MAP kinase pathway, we studied the polarity role of Gβγ in isolation from its signaling role. MAP kinase signaling alone could induce cell asymmetry but not directional growth. Surprisingly, active Gβγ, either alone or with Gα-GTP, could not organize a persistent polarization axis. Instead, following pheromone gradients (chemotropism) or directional growth without pheromone gradients (de novo polarization) required an intact receptor–Gαβγ module and GTP hydrolysis by Gα. Our results indicate that chemoattractant-induced cell polarization requires continuous receptor–Gαβγ communication but not modulation of MAP kinase signaling. To explore regulation of Gβγ by Gα, we mutated Gβ residues in two structurally distinct Gα–Gβ binding interfaces. Polarity control was disrupted only by mutations in the N-terminal interface, and not the Switch interface. Incorporation of these mutations into a Gβ–Gα fusion protein, which enforces subunit proximity, revealed that Switch interface dissociation regulates signaling, whereas the N-terminal interface may govern receptor–Gαβγ coupling. These findings raise the possibility that the Gαβγ heterotrimer can function in a partially dissociated state, tethered by the N-terminal interface. PMID:17978098

  17. Polarization Control of Morphological Pattern Orientation During Light-Mediated Synthesis of Nanostructured Se-Te Films.

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    Carim, Azhar I; Batara, Nicolas A; Premkumar, Anjali; Atwater, Harry A; Lewis, Nathan S

    2016-01-26

    The template-free growth of well ordered, highly anisotropic lamellar structures has been demonstrated during the photoelectrodeposition of Se-Te films, wherein the orientation of the pattern can be directed by orienting the linear polarization of the incident light. This control mechanism was investigated further herein by examining the morphologies of films grown photoelectrochemically using light from two simultaneous sources that had mutually different linear polarizations. Photoelectrochemical growth with light from two nonorthogonally polarized same-wavelength sources generated lamellar morphologies in which the long axes of the lamellae were oriented parallel to the intensity-weighted average polarization orientation. Simulations of light scattering at the solution-film interface were consistent with this observation. Computer modeling of these growths using combined full-wave electromagnetic and Monte Carlo growth simulations successfully reproduced the experimental morphologies and quantitatively agreed with the pattern orientations observed experimentally by considering only the fundamental light-material interactions during growth. Deposition with light from two orthogonally polarized same-wavelength as well as different-wavelength sources produced structures that consisted of two intersecting sets of orthogonally oriented lamellae in which the relative heights of the two sets could be varied by adjusting the relative source intensities. Simulations of light absorption were performed in analogous, idealized intersecting lamellar structures and revealed that the lamellae preferentially absorbed light polarized with the electric field vector along their long axes. These data sets cumulatively indicate that anisotropic light scattering and light absorption generated by the light polarization produces the anisotropic morphology and that the resultant morphology is a function of all illumination inputs despite differing polarizations. PMID:26592096

  18. In-situ OTDR for low-cost optical networks using a single-mode 850-nm VCSEL.

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    Geib, Kent Martin; Peake, Gregory Merwin; Serkland, Darwin Keith; Keeler, Gordon Arthur

    2005-04-01

    A new approach to optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) is proposed that will enable distributed fault monitoring in singlemode VCSEL-based networks. In situ OTDR uses the transmitter VCSEL already resident in data transceivers as both emitter and resonant-cavity photodiode for fault location measurements. Also valuable at longer wavelengths, the concept is demonstrated here using an 850 nm oxide-confined VCSEL and simple electronics. The dead times and sensitivity obtained are adequate to detect the majority of faults anticipated in local- and metropolitan-area networks.

  19. Enhancing the modulation bandwidth of VCSELs to the millimeter-waveband using strong transverse slow-light feedback.

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    Ahmed, Moustafa; Bakry, Ahmed; Alghamdi, Mohamed S; Dalir, Hamed; Koyama, Fumio

    2015-06-15

    We present modeling on the millimeter (mm)-wave modulation of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) with a transverse coupled cavity (TCC). We show that strong slow-light feedback can induce 300% boosting of the modulation bandwidth of the TCC-VCSEL. Also, the strong lateral feedback can induce resonance modulation over passbands centered on frequencies as high as 3.8 times the VCSEL bandwidth. The slow-light feedback is modeled by a time-delay rate equation model that takes into account the multiple round trips as well as the optical loss and phase delay in each round trip in the feedback cavity. PMID:26193516

  20. Single mode and tunable GaSb-based VCSELs for wavelengths above 2 μm

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    Amann, Markus-Christian; Arafin, Shamsul; Vizbaras, Kristijonas

    2011-03-01

    Results of single mode and tunable GaSb-based VCSELs, with emission wavelengths above 2μm, are presented. Devices are aimed at trace gas sensing applications and operate in two important spectral windows - 2.3 μm and 2.6 μm. The first one is suitable for CO detection and in the second one strong absorption lines of H2S and H2O lie. VCSELs emitting at 2.33 μm operate in continuous-wave (CW) up to heatsink temperatures of 90 °C and deliver the maximum single-mode output power of 0.8 mW at 0°C with an aperture diameter of 6μm. With the introduction of inverted surface relief on top of the processed device, single mode operation has been extended up to 12 μm large aperture devices. The maximum wavelength tuning range of 20 nm has been achieved. VCSELs emitting at 2.6 μm operate in CW mode up to 55 °C, with the maximum single-mode output power of 0.4 mW, at -20 °C. They offer single transverse mode emission up to 9 μm large apertures. The maximum wavelength tuning of 10 nm is presented. Finally, first applications to trace gas sensing are also presented for 2.3 μm GaSb-based VCSELs.

  1. Demonstration of post-growth wavelength setting of VCSELs using high-contrast gratings.

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    Haglund, E; Gustavsson, J S; Bengtsson, J; Haglund, Å; Larsson, A; Fattal, D; Sorin, W; Tan, M

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate, for the first time, post-growth wavelength setting of electrically-injected vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) by using high-contrast gratings (HCGs) with different grating parameters. By fabricating HCGs with different duty cycle and period, the HCG reflection phase can be varied, in effect giving different optical cavity lengths for HCG-VCSELs with different grating parameters. This enables fabrication of monolithic multi-wavelength HCG-VCSEL arrays for wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM). The GaAs HCG is suspended in air by removing a sacrificial layer of InGaP. Electrically-injected 980-nm HCG-VCSELs with sub-mA threshold currents indicate high reflectivity from the GaAs HCGs. Lasing over a wavelength span of 15 nm was achieved, enabling a 4-channel WDM array with 5 nm channel spacing. A large wavelength setting span was enabled by an air-coupled cavity design and the use of only the HCG as top mirror. PMID:26906776

  2. Optical injection locking of transverse modes in 1.3-µm wavelength coupled-VCSEL arrays.

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    Long, C M; Mutter, L; Dwir, B; Mereuta, A; Caliman, A; Sirbu, A; Iakovlev, V; Kapon, E

    2014-09-01

    Optical injection locking of 1.3-µm phase-locked VCSEL arrays defined by patterned tunnel junctions and wafer fusion is investigated experimentally and theoretically. The impact of the overlap between the master laser injection beam and the injected modes is demonstrated and explained with a rate equation model that incorporates the spatial variations. PMID:25321494

  3. The oxide defined VCSEL-based smart pixels for the optical database filter

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    Pu, R.; Hayes, E.; Jurrat, R.; Stanko, P.J.; Wilmsen, C.W.; Choquette, K.; Geib, K.; Hou, H.Q.

    1997-04-01

    This paper presents the construction of the smart pixel arrays which perform AND and XOR functions with three-input and one-output optical signals for the application of an optical database filter. The device is based on oxide confined VCSELs bump bonded to GaAs MESFET pixels. The MSM photodetectors are monolithically integrated with MESFETs.

  4. Transverse Mode Dynamics of VCSELs Through Space-Time Domain Simulation

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    Goorjian, Peter M.; Ning, Cun-Zheng; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    Modeling and simulation are important to understand laser operation and to optimize and design device functions. Numerical simulation of VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers) has been largely based on solving time-independent Helmholtz equation or time dependent coupled mode equations. There are various advantages for choosing these approaches. However, the disadvantages are also apparent. The former cannot handle dynamical mode competition seen in VCSELs, while the latter assumes a given type and number of modes a priori. Furthermore, the microscopic physics of heterstructures and electron-hole plasma is very often represented by a few parameters such as linear gain coefficients and the linewidth enhancement factor. These are over simplification of space and frequency (wavelength) dependent gain and refractive index functions. When the space-time dynamical operation of VCSELs becomes important, these simple approximations become questionable. In this paper, we apply a recently developed model for edge-emitting lasers to a gain guided VCSEL for space-time domain simulation. This model takes into account the actual nonlinear dependence of gain and refractive index on frequency and carrier density within the frame work of the effective Bloch equations. The corresponding partial differential equations are solved directly by finite difference methods. Laser behavior with increasing pumping current is investigated in detail. Special attention is paid to the dynamical competition of the transverse modes.

  5. A TCAD approach to robust ESD design in oxide-confined VCSELs

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    Meier, Hektor; Santschi, Rafael; Odermatt, Stefan; Witzigmann, Bernd; Eitel, Sven; Nallet, Franck; Letay, Gergö

    2007-02-01

    Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) events can cause irreversible damage during production, packaging and application of Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). Experimental investigation of those damage patterns inside a real device is a complex and expensive task. Simulation tools can provide insight into the physics during an actual discharge event. This paper aims to analyze ESD events in VCSELs with a microscopic simulation. With the help of a state-of-the art Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) virtual ESD tests are performed on oxide-confined VCSELs. The 2-D simulation model takes into account high-field effects and self-heating in a hydrodynamic framework that allows time-dependent spatially resolved monitoring of critical quantities (such as electric field across the oxide, temperature profile, current densities) during the ESD events. Human Body Model (HBM), Machine Model (MM) and Charged Device Model (CDM) show typical local heating and current crowding effects which may lead to irreversible damaging of the device. For slow ESD events the temperature peak is found near the center of the device. Faster pulses show maximum temperature at the interface between oxide and aperture. Physics-based explanations in terms of local electric field, heat generation and heat transport are given. Oxide aperture, thickness and its position relative to the intrinsic region strongly influence self-heating, electric fields, current density profiles and the dielectric breakdown conditions. The impact of those factors on ESD robustness are analyzed and guidelines for robust ESD design in VCSELs are presented.

  6. Far-field emission characteristics and linewidth measurements of surface micro-machined MEMS tunable VCSELs

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    Paul, Sujoy; Gierl, Christian; Gründl, Tobias; Zogal, Karolina; Meissner, Peter; Amann, Markus-Christian; Küppers, Franko

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate for the first time the far-field experimental results and the linewidth characteris- tics for widely tunable surface-micromachined micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) vertical-cavity surface- emitting lasers (VCSELs) operating at 1550 nm. The fundamental Gaussian mode emission is confirmed by optimizing the radius of curvature of top distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) membrane and by choosing an ap- propriate diameter of circular buried tunnel junctions (BTJs) so that only the fundamental Gaussian mode can sustain. For these VCSELs, a mode-hop free continuous tuning over 100 nm has already been demonstrated, which is achieved by electro-thermal tuning of the MEMS mirror. The fiber-coupled optical power of 2mW over the entire tuning range has been reported. The singlemode laser emission has more than 40 dB of side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR). The smallest linewidth achieved with these of MEMS tunable VCSELs is 98MHz which is one order of magnitude higher than that of fixed-wavelength VCSELs.

  7. Metrological characterization of custom-designed 894.6 nm VCSELs for miniature atomic clocks.

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    Gruet, F; Al-Samaneh, A; Kroemer, E; Bimboes, L; Miletic, D; Affolderbach, C; Wahl, D; Boudot, R; Mileti, G; Michalzik, R

    2013-03-11

    We report on the characterization and validation of custom-designed 894.6 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), for use in miniature Cs atomic clocks based on coherent population trapping (CPT). The laser relative intensity noise (RIN) is measured to be 1 × 10(-11) Hz(-1) at 10 Hz Fourier frequency, for a laser power of 700 μW. The VCSEL frequency noise is 10(13) · f(-1) Hz(2)/Hz in the 10 Hz < f < 10(5) Hz range, which is in good agreement with the VCSEL’s measured fractional frequency instability (Allan deviation) of ≈ 1 × 10(-8) at 1 s, and also is consistent with the VCSEL’s typical optical linewidth of 20-25 MHz. The VCSEL bias current can be directly modulated at 4.596 GHz with a microwave power of -6 to +6 dBm to generate optical sidebands for CPT excitation. With such a VCSEL, a 1.04 kHz linewidth CPT clock resonance signal is detected in a microfabricated Cs cell filled with Ne buffer gas. These results are compatible with state-of-the-art CPT-based miniature atomic clocks exhibiting a short-term frequency instability of 2-3 × 10(-11) at τ = 1 s and few 10(-12) at τ = 10(4) s integration time.. PMID:23482148

  8. Optimal control design of NMR and dynamic nuclear polarization experiments using monotonically convergent algorithms.

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    Maximov, Ivan I; Tosner, Zdenĕk; Nielsen, Niels Chr

    2008-05-14

    Optimal control theory has recently been introduced to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy as a means to systematically design and optimize pulse sequences for liquid- and solid-state applications. This has so far primarily involved numerical optimization using gradient-based methods, which allow for the optimization of a large number of pulse sequence parameters in a concerted way to maximize the efficiency of transfer between given spin states or shape the nuclear spin Hamiltonian to a particular form, both within a given period of time. Using such tools, a variety of new pulse sequences with improved performance have been developed, and the NMR spin engineers have been challenged to consider alternative routes for analytical experiment design to meet similar performance. In addition, it has lead to increasing demands to the numerical procedures used in the optimization process in terms of computational speed and fast convergence. With the latter aspect in mind, here we introduce an alternative approach to numerical experiment design based on the Krotov formulation of optimal control theory. For practical reasons, the overall radio frequency power delivered to the sample should be minimized to facilitate experimental implementation and avoid excessive sample heating. The presented algorithm makes explicit use of this requirement and iteratively solves the stationary conditions making sure that the maximum of the objective is reached. It is shown that this method is faster per iteration and takes different paths within a control space than gradient-based methods. In the present work, the Krotov approach is demonstrated by the optimization of NMR and dynamic nuclear polarization experiments for various spin systems and using different constraints with respect to radio frequency and microwave power consumption. PMID:18532824

  9. Control of the polarization of a vacuum-ultraviolet, high-gain, free-electron laser

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    Allaria, Enrico; Diviacco, Bruno; Callegari, Carlo; Finetti, Paola; Mahieu, Benoît; Viefhaus, Jens; Zangrando, Marco; De Ninno, Giovanni; Lambert, Guillaume; Ferrari, Eugenio; Buck, Jens; Ilchen, Markus; Vodungbo, Boris; Mahne, Nicola; Svetina, Cristian; Spezzani, Carlo; Di Mitri, Simone; Penco, Giuseppe; Trovó, Mauro; Fawley, William M.; Rebernik, Primoz R.; Gauthier, David; Grazioli, Cesare; Coreno, Marcello; Ressel, Barbara; Kivimäki, Antti; Mazza, Tommaso; Glaser, Leif; Scholz, Frank; Seltmann, Joern; Gessler, Patrick; Grünert, Jan; De Fanis, Alberto; Meyer, Michael; Knie, André; Moeller, Stefan P.; Raimondi, Lorenzo; Capotondi, Flavio; Pedersoli, Emanuele; Plekan, Oksana; Danailov, Miltcho B.; Demidovich, Alexander; Nikolov, Ivaylo; Abrami, Alessandro; Gautier, Julien; Lüning, Jan; Zeitoun, Philippe; Giannessi, Luca

    2014-12-02

    The two single-pass, externally seeded free-electron lasers (FELs) of the FERMI user facility are designed around Apple-II-type undulators that can operate at arbitrary polarization in the vacuum ultraviolet-to-soft x-ray spectral range. Furthermore, within each FEL tuning range, any output wavelength and polarization can be set in less than a minute of routine operations. We report the first demonstration of the full output polarization capabilities of FERMI FEL-1 in a campaign of experiments where the wavelength and nominal polarization are set to a series of representative values, and the polarization of the emitted intense pulses is thoroughly characterized by three independent instruments and methods, expressly developed for the task. The measured radiation polarization is consistently >90% and is not significantly spoiled by the transport optics; differing, relative transport losses for horizontal and vertical polarization become more prominent at longer wavelengths and lead to a non-negligible ellipticity for an originally circularly polarized state. The results from the different polarimeter setups validate each other, allow a cross-calibration of the instruments, and constitute a benchmark for user experiments.

  10. Control of the polarization of a vacuum-ultraviolet, high-gain, free-electron laser

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    Allaria, Enrico; Diviacco, Bruno; Callegari, Carlo; Finetti, Paola; Mahieu, Benoît; Viefhaus, Jens; Zangrando, Marco; De Ninno, Giovanni; Lambert, Guillaume; Ferrari, Eugenio; et al

    2014-12-02

    The two single-pass, externally seeded free-electron lasers (FELs) of the FERMI user facility are designed around Apple-II-type undulators that can operate at arbitrary polarization in the vacuum ultraviolet-to-soft x-ray spectral range. Furthermore, within each FEL tuning range, any output wavelength and polarization can be set in less than a minute of routine operations. We report the first demonstration of the full output polarization capabilities of FERMI FEL-1 in a campaign of experiments where the wavelength and nominal polarization are set to a series of representative values, and the polarization of the emitted intense pulses is thoroughly characterized by three independentmore » instruments and methods, expressly developed for the task. The measured radiation polarization is consistently >90% and is not significantly spoiled by the transport optics; differing, relative transport losses for horizontal and vertical polarization become more prominent at longer wavelengths and lead to a non-negligible ellipticity for an originally circularly polarized state. The results from the different polarimeter setups validate each other, allow a cross-calibration of the instruments, and constitute a benchmark for user experiments.« less

  11. Control of the Polarization of a Vacuum-Ultraviolet, High-Gain, Free-Electron Laser

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    Allaria, Enrico; Diviacco, Bruno; Callegari, Carlo; Finetti, Paola; Mahieu, Benoît; Viefhaus, Jens; Zangrando, Marco; De Ninno, Giovanni; Lambert, Guillaume; Ferrari, Eugenio; Buck, Jens; Ilchen, Markus; Vodungbo, Boris; Mahne, Nicola; Svetina, Cristian; Spezzani, Carlo; Di Mitri, Simone; Penco, Giuseppe; Trovó, Mauro; Fawley, William M.; Rebernik, Primoz R.; Gauthier, David; Grazioli, Cesare; Coreno, Marcello; Ressel, Barbara; Kivimäki, Antti; Mazza, Tommaso; Glaser, Leif; Scholz, Frank; Seltmann, Joern; Gessler, Patrick; Grünert, Jan; De Fanis, Alberto; Meyer, Michael; Knie, André; Moeller, Stefan P.; Raimondi, Lorenzo; Capotondi, Flavio; Pedersoli, Emanuele; Plekan, Oksana; Danailov, Miltcho B.; Demidovich, Alexander; Nikolov, Ivaylo; Abrami, Alessandro; Gautier, Julien; Lüning, Jan; Zeitoun, Philippe; Giannessi, Luca

    2014-10-01

    The two single-pass, externally seeded free-electron lasers (FELs) of the FERMI user facility are designed around Apple-II-type undulators that can operate at arbitrary polarization in the vacuum ultraviolet-to-soft x-ray spectral range. Furthermore, within each FEL tuning range, any output wavelength and polarization can be set in less than a minute of routine operations. We report the first demonstration of the full output polarization capabilities of FERMI FEL-1 in a campaign of experiments where the wavelength and nominal polarization are set to a series of representative values, and the polarization of the emitted intense pulses is thoroughly characterized by three independent instruments and methods, expressly developed for the task. The measured radiation polarization is consistently >90 % and is not significantly spoiled by the transport optics; differing, relative transport losses for horizontal and vertical polarization become more prominent at longer wavelengths and lead to a non-negligible ellipticity for an originally circularly polarized state. The results from the different polarimeter setups validate each other, allow a cross-calibration of the instruments, and constitute a benchmark for user experiments.

  12. Polarization control of quantum dot emission by chiral photonic crystal slabs.

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    Lobanov, Sergey V; Weiss, Thomas; Gippius, Nikolay A; Tikhodeev, Sergei G; Kulakovskii, Vladimir D; Konishi, Kuniaki; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto

    2015-04-01

    We investigate theoretically the polarization properties of the quantum dot's (QDs) optical emission from chiral photonic crystal structures made of achiral materials in the absence of external magnetic field at room temperature. The mirror symmetry of the local electromagnetic field is broken in this system due to the decreased symmetry of the chiral modulated layer. As a result, the radiation of randomly polarized QDs normal to the structure becomes partially circularly polarized. The sign and degree of circular polarization are determined by the geometry of the chiral modulated structure and depend on the radiation frequency. A degree of circular polarization up to 99% can be achieved for randomly distributed QDs, and can be close to 100% for some single QDs. PMID:25831376

  13. In situ optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) for VCSEL-based communication systems

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    Keeler, Gordon A.; Serkland, Darwin K.; Geib, Kent M.; Klem, John F.; Peake, Gregory M.

    2006-02-01

    Optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) is an effective technique for locating faults in fiber communication links. The fact that most OTDR measurements are performed manually is a significant drawback, because it makes them too costly for use in many short-distance networks and too slow for use in military avionic platforms. Here we describe and demonstrate an automated, low-cost, real-time approach to fault monitoring that can be achieved by integrating OTDR functionality directly into VCSEL-based transceivers. This built-in test capability is straightforward to implement and relevant to both multimode and single mode networks. In-situ OTDR uses the transmitter VCSEL already present in data transceivers. Fault monitoring is performed by emitting a brief optical pulse into the fiber and then turning the VCSEL off. If a fault exists, a portion of the optical pulse returns to the transceiver after a time equal to the round-trip delay through the fiber. In multimode OTDR, the signal is detected by an integrated photodetector, while in single mode OTDR the VCSEL itself can be used as a detector. Modified driver electronics perform the measurement and analysis. We demonstrate that VCSEL-based OTDR has sufficient sensitivity to determine the location of most faults commonly seen in short-haul networks (i.e., the Fresnel reflections from improperly terminated fibers and scattering from raggedly-broken fibers). Results are described for single mode and multimode experiments, at both 850 nm and 1.3 μm. We discuss the resolution and sensitivity that have been achieved, as well as expected limitations for this novel approach to network monitoring.

  14. On-chip replication of micro-optical structures for VCSEL to fiber coupling

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    Ammer, Thomas; Gale, Michael T.; Rossi, Markus

    2001-11-01

    We present an approach towards design and fabrication of optical microsystems based on UV-replication techniques using Ormocer materials. An integration of the structures on chip level is demonstrated for Vertical Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL). VCSEL's are of increasing interest for various fields such as telecommunications, optical sensing and optical interconnects. In terms of optical system integration, high technological requirements are imposed. UV-replication techniques using Ormocer materials offer a cost-effective way of integrating micro-optical elements directly on the chip with reduced assembly effort. Structures up to several hundred microns thickness and alignment tolerances in the order of few microns can be produced. The method is suitable for the fabrication of single elements, arrays and is extendable to wafer-scale processing. Here, we give an example for the coupling of VCSEL arrays into multimode optical fibers using two different approaches: Focusing of the VCSEL output into the fiber using replicated microlenses and fiber butt-coupling of the VCSEL lasers with help of replicated fiber alignment/guiding structures. Origination of the structure elements is accomplished by direct laser writing into photoresist and resist reflow techniques, respectively. Specific limitations of the corresponding fabrication method are already taken into account during element design and modeling. Results for the replicated lenses show a total fiber launch efficiency better than 70% over the laser operational range with alignment tolerances of approximately +/- 10 micrometers , which can be met by passive fiber alignment. In case of the replicated fiber alignment/guiding structures, fiber launch efficiencies better than 50% over the operation range and peak values better than 80% are reported.

  15. Polarized linewidth-controllable double-trapping electromagnetically induced transparency spectra in a resonant plasmon nanocavity

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    Wang, Luojia; Gu, Ying; Chen, Hongyi; Zhang, Jia-Yu; Cui, Yiping; Gerardot, Brian D.; Gong, Qihuang

    2013-01-01

    Surface plasmons with ultrasmall optical mode volume and strong near field enhancement can be used to realize nanoscale light-matter interaction. Combining surface plasmons with the quantum system provides the possibility of nanoscale realization of important quantum optical phenomena, including the electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), which has many applications in nonlinear quantum optics and quantum information processing. Here, using a custom-designed resonant plasmon nanocavity, we demonstrate polarized position-dependent linewidth-controllable EIT spectra at the nanoscale. We analytically obtain the double coherent population trapping conditions in a double-Λ quantum system with crossing damping, which give two transparent points in the EIT spectra. The linewidths of the three peaks are extremely sensitive to the level spacing of the excited states, the Rabi frequencies and detunings of pump fields, and the Purcell factors. In particular the linewidth of the central peak is exceptionally narrow. The hybrid system may have potential applications in ultra-compact plasmon-quantum devices. PMID:24096943

  16. Controllable optical steady behavior from nonradiative coherence in GaAs quantum well driven by a single elliptically polarized field

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    Zhu, Zhonghu; Chen, Ai-Xi; Bai, Yanfeng; Yang, Wen-Xing; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, we analyze theoretically the optical steady behavior in GaAs quantum well structure which interacts with a single elliptically polarized field (EPF) and a π-polarized probe field. Due to the existence of the robust nonradiative coherence, we demonstrate that the controllable optical steady behavior including multi-stability (OM) and optical bistability (OB) can be obtained. More interestingly, our numerical results also illustrate that tuning the phase difference between two components of polarized electric field of the EPF can realize the conversion between OB and OM. Our results illustrate the potential to utilize the optical phase for developing the new all-optical switching devices, as well as a guidance in the design for possible experimental implementations.

  17. Using a sharp metal tip to control the polarization and direction of emission from a quantum dot.

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    Ghimire, Anil; Shafran, Eyal; Gerton, Jordan M

    2014-01-01

    Optical antennas can be used to manipulate the direction and polarization of radiation from an emitter. Usually, these metallic nanostructures utilize localized plasmon resonances to generate highly directional and strongly polarized emission, which is determined predominantly by the antenna geometry alone, and is thus not easily tuned. Here we show experimentally that the emission polarization can be manipulated using a simple, nonresonant scanning probe consisting of the sharp metallic tip of an atomic force microscope; finite element simulations reveal that the emission simultaneously becomes highly directional. Together, the measurements and simulations demonstrate that interference between light emitted directly into the far field with that elastically scattered from the tip apex in the near field is responsible for this control over polarization and directionality. Due to the relatively weak emitter-tip coupling, the tip must be positioned very precisely near the emitter, but this weak coupling also leads to highly tunable emission properties with a similar degree of polarization and directionality compared to resonant antennas. PMID:25248420

  18. All-VCSEL based digital coherent detection link for multi Gbit/s WDM passive optical networks.

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    Rodes, Roberto; Jensen, Jesper Bevensee; Zibar, Darko; Neumeyr, Christian; Roenneberg, Enno; Rosskopf, Juergen; Ortsiefer, Markus; Monroy, Idelfonso Tafur

    2010-11-22

    We report on experimental demonstration of a digital coherent detection link fully based on vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for the transmitter as well as for the local oscillator light source at the receiver side. We demonstrate operation at 5 Gbps at a 1550 nm wavelength with record receiver sensitivity of -36 dBm after transmission over 40 km standard single mode fiber. Digital signal processing compensates for frequency offset between the transmitter and the local oscillator VCSELs, and for chromatic dispersion. This system allows for uncooled VCSEL operation and fully passive fiber transmission with no use of optical amplification or optical dispersion compensation. The proposed system demonstrates the potential of multi-gigabit coherent passive optical networks with extended reach and increased capacity. Moreover, this is, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of coherent optical transmission systems using a low-cost VCSEL as the local oscillator as well as for the transmitter. PMID:21164841

  19. Photoelectron emission control with polarized light in plasmonic metal random structures

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    Word, R. C.; Fitzgerald, J.; Koenenkamp, R.

    2011-07-25

    We report on the possibility of switching the emission rate of photoelectrons by polarization changes in the plasmon excitation light. Photoelectron emission is strongly enhanced in the near-field of localized surface plasmons and occurs from areas with typical diameters of 20-70 nm. The underlying physical process involves excitation of a localized surface plasmon polariton with a femtosecond laser pulse, and a subsequent multi-photon photoemission process. The non-linearity of this process leads to a sharp polarization dependence that allows efficient switching of the emission. We demonstrate that a 90 deg. polarization change can result in on/off ratios of {approx}100 for electron emission.

  20. Polarity control of GaN grown on pulsed-laser-deposited AlN/GaN template by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Yoo, Jinyeop; Shojiki, Kanako; Tanikawa, Tomoyuki; Kuboya, Shigeyuki; Hanada, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuji; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2016-05-01

    We report on the polarity control of GaN regrown on pulsed-laser-deposition-grown N-polar AlN on a metalorganic-vapor-phase-epitaxy-grown Ga-polar GaN template. The polarity of the regrown GaN, which was confirmed using aqueous KOH solutions, can be inverted from that of AlN by inserting a low-temperature GaN (LT-GaN) buffer layer. We hypothetically ascribe the Ga-polarity selection of GaN on the LT-GaN buffer layer to the mixed polarity of LT-GaN grains and higher growth rate of the Ga-polar grain, which covers up the N-polar grain during the initial stage of the high-temperature growth. The X-ray rocking curve analysis revealed that the edge-dislocation density in the N-polar regrown GaN is 5 to 8 times smaller than that in the Ga-polar regrown GaN. N-polar GaN grows directly on N-polar AlN at higher temperatures. Therefore, nucleus islands grow larger than those of LT-GaN and the area fraction of coalescence boundaries between islands, where edge dislocations emerge, becomes smaller.

  1. c21orf59/kurly Controls Both Cilia Motility and Polarization.

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    Jaffe, Kimberly M; Grimes, Daniel T; Schottenfeld-Roames, Jodi; Werner, Michael E; Ku, Tse-Shuen J; Kim, Sun K; Pelliccia, Jose L; Morante, Nicholas F C; Mitchell, Brian J; Burdine, Rebecca D

    2016-03-01

    Cilia are microtubule-based projections that function in the movement of extracellular fluid. This requires cilia to be: (1) motile and driven by dynein complexes and (2) correctly polarized on the surface of cells, which requires planar cell polarity (PCP). Few factors that regulate both processes have been discovered. We reveal that C21orf59/Kurly (Kur), a cytoplasmic protein with some enrichment at the base of cilia, is needed for motility; zebrafish mutants exhibit characteristic developmental abnormalities and dynein arm defects. kur was also required for proper cilia polarization in the zebrafish kidney and the larval skin of Xenopus laevis. CRISPR/Cas9 coupled with homologous recombination to disrupt the endogenous kur locus in Xenopus resulted in the asymmetric localization of the PCP protein Prickle2 being lost in mutant multiciliated cells. Kur also makes interactions with other PCP components, including Disheveled. This supports a model wherein Kur plays a dual role in cilia motility and polarization. PMID:26904945

  2. The Formin FMNL3 Controls Early Apical Specification in Endothelial Cells by Regulating the Polarized Trafficking of Podocalyxin.

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    Richards, Mark; Hetheridge, Clare; Mellor, Harry

    2015-08-31

    Angiogenesis is the fundamental process by which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vasculature. It plays a critical role in the formation of the vasculature during development and is triggered in response to tissue hypoxia in adult organisms. This process requires complex and coordinated regulation of the endothelial cell cytoskeleton to control cell shape and polarity. In our previous work, we showed that the cytoskeletal regulator FMNL3/FRL2 controls the alignment of stabilized microtubules during polarized endothelial cell elongation and that depletion of FMNL3 retards elongation of the intersegmental vessels in zebrafish. Recent work has shown that FMNL3 is also needed for vascular lumen formation, a critical element of the formation of functional vessels. Here, we show that FMNL3 interacts with Cdc42 and RhoJ, two Rho family GTPases known to be required for lumen formation. FMNL3 and RhoJ are concentrated at the early apical surface, or AMIS, and regulate the formation of radiating actin cables from this site. In diverse biological systems, formins mediate polarized trafficking through the generation of similar actin filaments tracks. We show that FMNL3 and RhoJ are required for polarized trafficking of podocalyxin to the early apical surface--an important event in vascular lumenogenesis. PMID:26299518

  3. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Controllable Spin Polarization of Charge Current by Rashba Spin Orbital Coupling

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    Cui, Juan; Yang, Yong-Hong; Wang, Jun

    2009-11-01

    We report a theoretic study on modulating the spin polarization of charge current in a mesoscopic four-terminal device of cross structure by using the inverse spin hall effect. The scattering region of device is a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) with Rashba spin orbital interaction (RSOI), one of lead is ferromagnetic metal and other three leads are spin-degenerate normal metals. By using Landauer-Büttiker formalism, we found that when a longitudinal charge current flows through 2DEG scattering region from FM lead by external bias, the transverse current can be either a pure spin current or full-polarized charge current due to the combined effect of spin hall effect and its inverse process, and the polarization of this transverse current can be easily controlled by several device parameters such as the Fermi energy, ferromagnetic magnetization, and the RSOI constant. Our method may pave a new way to control the spin polarization of a charge current.

  4. Differential polarization nonlinear optical microscopy with adaptive optics controlled multiplexed beams.

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    Samim, Masood; Sandkuijl, Daaf; Tretyakov, Ian; Cisek, Richard; Barzda, Virginijus

    2013-01-01

    Differential polarization nonlinear optical microscopy has the potential to become an indispensable tool for structural investigations of ordered biological assemblies and microcrystalline aggregates. Their microscopic organization can be probed through fast and sensitive measurements of nonlinear optical signal anisotropy, which can be achieved with microscopic spatial resolution by using time-multiplexed pulsed laser beams with perpendicular polarization orientations and photon-counting detection electronics for signal demultiplexing. In addition, deformable membrane mirrors can be used to correct for optical aberrations in the microscope and simultaneously optimize beam overlap using a genetic algorithm. The beam overlap can be achieved with better accuracy than diffraction limited point-spread function, which allows to perform polarization-resolved measurements on the pixel-by-pixel basis. We describe a newly developed differential polarization microscope and present applications of the differential microscopy technique for structural studies of collagen and cellulose. Both, second harmonic generation, and fluorescence-detected nonlinear absorption anisotropy are used in these investigations. It is shown that the orientation and structural properties of the fibers in biological tissue can be deduced and that the orientation of fluorescent molecules (Congo Red), which label the fibers, can be determined. Differential polarization microscopy sidesteps common issues such as photobleaching and sample movement. Due to tens of megahertz alternating polarization of excitation pulses fast data acquisition can be conveniently applied to measure changes in the nonlinear signal anisotropy in dynamically changing in vivo structures. PMID:24022688

  5. C. elegans POP-1/TCF functions in a canonical Wnt pathway that controls cell migration and in a noncanonical Wnt pathway that controls cell polarity.

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    Herman, M

    2001-02-01

    In Caenorhabditis elegans, Wnt signaling pathways are important in controlling cell polarity and cell migrations. In the embryo, a novel Wnt pathway functions through a (beta)-catenin homolog, WRM-1, to downregulate the levels of POP-1/Tcf in the posterior daughter of the EMS blastomere. The level of POP-1 is also lower in the posterior daughters of many anteroposterior asymmetric cell divisions during development. I have found that this is the case for of a pair of postembryonic blast cells in the tail. In wild-type animals, the level of POP-1 is lower in the posterior daughters of the two T cells, TL and TR. Furthermore, in lin-44/Wnt mutants, in which the polarities of the T cell divisions are frequently reversed, the level of POP-1 is frequently lower in the anterior daughters of the T cells. I have used a novel RNA-mediated interference technique to interfere specifically with pop-1 zygotic function and have determined that pop-1 is required for wild-type T cell polarity. Surprisingly, none of the three C. elegans (beta)-catenin homologs appeared to function with POP-1 to control T cell polarity. Wnt signaling by EGL-20/Wnt controls the migration of the descendants of the QL neuroblast by regulating the expression the Hox gene mab-5. Interfering with pop-1 zygotic function caused defects in the migration of the QL descendants that mimicked the defects in egl-20/Wnt mutants and blocked the expression of mab-5. This suggests that POP-1 functions in the canonical Wnt pathway to control QL descendant migration and in novel Wnt pathways to control EMS and T cell polarities. PMID:11171341

  6. Controlled quantum key distribution with three-photon polarization-entangled states via the collective noise channel

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    Dong Li; Xiu Xiaoming; Gao Yajun; Yi, X. X.

    2011-10-15

    Using three-photon polarization-entangled GHZ states or W states, we propose controlled quantum key distribution protocols for circumventing two main types of collective noise, collective dephasing noise, or collective rotation noise. Irrespective of the number of controllers, a three-photon state can generate a one-bit secret key. The storage technique of quantum states is dispensable for the controller and the receiver, and it therefore allows performing the process in a more convenient mode. If the photon cost in a security check is disregarded, then the efficiency theoretically approaches unity.

  7. Polyfluorene Electrolytes Interfacial Layer for Efficient Polymer Solar Cells: Controllably Interfacial Dipoles by Regulation of Polar Groups.

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    Liu, Huimin; Hu, Lin; Wu, Feiyan; Chen, Lie; Chen, Yiwang

    2016-04-20

    The polar groups in the conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) can create the favorable dipoles at the electrode/active layer interface, which is critical for the CPEs to minimize the interfacial energy barrier in polymer solar cells (PSCs). Herein, a series of CPEs based on poly [(9,9-bis(3'-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorene)-co-2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)] derivates (PFNs) (PFN30, PFN50, PFN70, and PFN100) with different mole ratio of polar groups (-N(C2H5)2) were designed and synthesized to investigate the effect of the numbers of polar groups on the interfacial dipoles. Controllably interfacial dipoles could be readily achieved by only tuning the numbers of -N(C2H5)2 in PFNs, as revealed by the work function of the PFNs modified ITO gradually reduced as the loadings of the -N(C2H5)2 increased. In addition, increasing the numbers of -N(C2H5)2 in PFNs were also favorable for developing the smooth and homogeneous morphology of the active layer. As a result, the content of the polar amine in the PFNs exerted great influence on the performance of polymer solar cells. Increasing the numbers of the pendent -N(C2H5)2 could effectively improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the devices. Among these PFNs, PFN100 with the highest content of -N(C2H5)2 polar groups delivered the device with the best PCE of 3.27%. It indicates tailoring the content of the polar groups in the CPEs interlayer is a facial and promising approach for interfacial engineering to developing high performance PSCs. PMID:27028166

  8. Polarization control in X-ray FELs by reverse undulator tapering

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    Schneidmiller, E. A.; Yurkov, M. V.

    2015-05-01

    Baseline design of a typical X-ray FEL undulator assumes a planar configuration which results in a linear polarization of the FEL radiation. However, many experiments at X-ray FEL user facilities would profit from using a circularly polarized radiation. As a cheap upgrade one can consider an installation of a short helical (or cross-planar) afterburner, but then one should have an efficient method to suppress powerful linearly polarized background from the main undulator. In this paper we propose a new method for such a suppression: an application of the reverse taper in the main undulator. We discover that in a certain range of the taper strength, the density modulation (bunching) at saturation is practically the same as in the case of non-tapered undulator while the power of linearly polarized radiation is suppressed by orders of magnitude. Then strongly modulated electron beam radiates at full power in the afterburner. Considering SASE3 undulator of the European XFEL as a practical example, we demonstrate that soft X-ray radiation pulses with peak power in excess of 100 GW and an ultimately high degree of circular polarization can be produced. The proposed method is rather universal, i.e. it can be used at SASE FELs and seeded (self-seeded) FELs, with any wavelength of interest, in a wide range of electron beam parameters, and with any repetition rate.

  9. Control of lithosphere rheology on subduction polarity at initiation: Insights from 3D analogue modelling

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    Midtkandal, Ivar; Brun, Jean-Pierre; Gabrielsen, Roy H.; Huismans, Ritske S.

    2013-01-01

    A series of analogue experiments was used to explore how lateral variations in lithosphere rheology may result in a subduction polarity reversal. Lithosphere models made of sand and silicone putty were designed to represent a plate convergence setting varying laterally from continent-continent to ocean-continent. Several experiments were performed to test the effects of strength profile variations in the converging plates. The modelling outcomes categorized into models that develop with and without a subduction polarity reversal. While a subduction polarity reversal was the most prevalent experiment outcome, the results suggest that upper mantle strength is the dominant factor in determining whether a subduction polarity shift occurs, or not. A weak upper mantle layer promotes obduction of the oceanic lithosphere in the western segment of the model. In model iterations where the upper mantle of the continental lithosphere was stronger than the oceanic lithosphere, a reversal in subduction polarity from north-dipping in the east, to south-dipping in the west occurred. The experiment design was inspired by the Iberian-Eurasian plate convergence and may provide a simple regional-scale explanation for the deformation patterns along the Pyrenean and Cantabrian orogen.

  10. Control of lithosphere rheology on subduction polarity at initiation: Insights from 3D analogue modelling

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    Midtkandal, Ivar; Gabrielsen, Roy; Brun, Jean-Pierre; Huismans, Ritske

    2013-04-01

    A series of analogue experiments was used to explore how lateral variations in lithosphere rheology may result in a subduction polarity reversal. Lithosphere models made of sand and silicone putty were designed to represent a plate convergence setting varying laterally from continent-continent to ocean-continent. Distinct series of experiments were performed to test the effects of strength profile variations in the converging plates. The modelling outcomes categorized into models that develop with and without a subduction polarity reversal. While a subduction polarity reversal was the most prevalent experiment outcome, the results suggest that upper mantle strength is the dominant factor in determining whether a subduction polarity shift occurs, or not. A weak upper mantle layer promotes obduction of the oceanic lithosphere in the western segment of the model. In model iterations where the upper mantle of the continental lithosphere was stronger than the oceanic lithosphere, a reversal in subduction polarity from north-dipping in the east, to south-dipping in the west occurred. The experiment design was inspired by the Iberian-Eurasian plate convergence and may provide a simple regional-scale explanation to the deformation patterns along the Pyrenean and Cantabrian orogeny.

  11. Arabidopsis thaliana Rop GTPases are localized to tips of root hairs and control polar growth.

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    Molendijk, A J; Bischoff, F; Rajendrakumar, C S; Friml, J; Braun, M; Gilroy, S; Palme, K

    2001-06-01

    Plants contain a novel unique subfamily of Rho GTPases, vital components of cellular signalling networks. Here we report a general role for some members of this family in polarized plant growth processes. We show that Arabidopsis AtRop4 and AtRop6 encode functional GTPases with similar intrinsic GTP hydrolysis rates. We localized AtRop proteins in root meristem cells to the cross-wall and cell plate membranes. Polar localization of AtRops in trichoblasts specifies the growth sites for emerging root hairs. These sites were visible before budding and elongation of the Arabidopsis root hair when AtRops accumulated at their tips. Expression of constitutively active AtRop4 and AtRop6 mutant proteins in root hairs of transgenic Arabidopsis plants abolished polarized growth and delocalized the tip-focused Ca2+ gradient. Polar localization of AtRops was inhibited by brefeldin A, but not by other drugs such as latrunculin B, cytochalasin D or caffeine. Our results demonstrate a general function of AtRop GTPases in tip growth and in polar diffuse growth. PMID:11387211

  12. Bidirectional reflectance distribution function of thermal control coatings and heat-shielding materials illuminated by polarized light

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    Voschula, I. V.; Dlugunovich, V. A.; Zhumar, A. Yu.

    2013-05-01

    Stokes parameters were measured for radiation reflected in the range 5° to 80° by silver-colored, white, and black thermal control coatings deposited on an aluminum alloy substrate, by green paint on a phenolic plastic surface, and by uncoated carbon-fiber reinforced plastic illuminated by linearly polarized He-Ne laser radiation at an incident angle of -5°. The bidirectional reflectance distribution function of the investigated samples was determined as a function of the view zenith angle.

  13. DC characteristics and analog/RF performance of novel polarity control GaAs-Ge based tunnel field effect transistor

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    Nigam, Kaushal; Kondekar, Pravin; Sharma, Dheeraj

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, for the first time, DC characteristics and analog/RF performance of polarity control GaAs-Ge hetero TFET (GaAs-Ge H-TFET) structure have been analysed, using electrically doped dynamically configurable concept. For this, we have considered a hetero structure with two distinctive gates (Control gate and Polarity gate). Polarity gate induces p+ region at the source side and n+ region at the drain side, instead of relying on the abrupt doping profile at the junctions. Therefore, the fabrication process of the proposed device avoids ion-implantation, photo masking and complicated thermal budget. Hence, it shows high immunity against process variations, doping control issues and random dopant fluctuations (RDF). In order to optimize the device performance, interfacing of III-V groups materials with IV group semiconductor is done for hetero-junction. The introduction of hetero-junction and band gap engineering offer higher ION/IOFF ratio (5.1 × 1012), steep sub-threshold slope (18 mV/decade) and significantly change in analog/RF performance. The analog/RF figures of merit are analysed in term of transconductance (gm), output conductance (gds), gate to source capacitance (Cgs), gate to drain capacitance (Cgd), cutoff frequency (fT) and gain bandwidth (GBW) product. The proposed work would be beneficial for low power high frequency applications. The simulation results presented in this paper were carried out by using 2-D ATLAS.

  14. Fast deterministic switching in orthogonal spin torque devices via the control of the relative spin polarizations

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    Park, Junbo; Buhrman, R. A.; Ralph, D. C.; Kavli Institute at Cornell, Ithaca, New York 14853

    2013-12-16

    We model 100 ps pulse switching dynamics of orthogonal spin transfer (OST) devices that employ an out-of-plane polarizer and an in-plane polarizer. Simulation results indicate that increasing the spin polarization ratio, C{sub P} = P{sub IPP}/P{sub OPP}, results in deterministic switching of the free layer without over-rotation (360° rotation). By using spin torque asymmetry to realize an enhanced effective P{sub IPP}, we experimentally demonstrate this behavior in OST devices in parallel to anti-parallel switching. Modeling predicts that decreasing the effective demagnetization field can substantially reduce the minimum C{sub P} required to attain deterministic switching, while retaining low critical switching current, I{sub p} ∼ 500 μA.

  15. A wound-induced Wnt expression program controls planarian regeneration polarity.

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    Petersen, Christian P; Reddien, Peter W

    2009-10-01

    Regeneration requires specification of the identity of new tissues to be made. Whether this process relies only on intrinsic regulative properties of regenerating tissues or whether wound signaling provides input into tissue repatterning is not known. The head-versus-tail regeneration polarity decision in planarians, which requires Wnt signaling, provides a paradigm to study the process of tissue identity specification during regeneration. The Smed-wntP-1 gene is required for regeneration polarity and is expressed at the posterior pole of intact animals. Surprisingly, wntP-1 was expressed at both anterior- and posterior-facing wounds rapidly after wounding. wntP-1 expression was induced by all types of wounds examined, regardless of whether wounding prompted tail regeneration. Regeneration polarity was found to require new expression of wntP-1. Inhibition of the wntP-2 gene enhanced the polarity phenotype due to wntP-1 inhibition, with new expression of wntP-2 in regeneration occurring subsequent to expression of wntP-1 and localized only to posterior-facing wounds. New expression of wntP-2 required wound-induced wntP-1. Finally, wntP-1 and wntP-2 expression changes occurred even in the absence of neoblast stem cells, which are required for regeneration, suggesting that the role of these genes in polarity is independent of and instructive for tail formation. These data indicate that wound-induced input is involved in resetting the normal polarized features of the body axis during regeneration. PMID:19805089

  16. 1W frequency-doubled VCSEL-pumped blue laser with high pulse energy

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    Van Leeuwen, Robert; Chen, Tong; Watkins, Laurence; Xu, Guoyang; Seurin, Jean-Francois; Wang, Qing; Zhou, Delai; Ghosh, Chuni

    2015-02-01

    We report on a Q-switched VCSEL side-pumped 946 nm Nd:YAG laser that produces high average power blue light with high pulse energy after frequency doubling in BBO. The gain medium was water cooled and symmetrically pumped by three 1 kW 808 nm VCSEL pump modules. More than 1 W blue output was achieved at 210 Hz with 4.9 mJ pulse energy and at 340 Hz with 3.2 mJ pulse energy, with 42% and 36% second harmonic conversion efficiency respectively. Higher pulse energy was obtained at lower repetition frequencies, up to 9.3 mJ at 70 Hz with 52% conversion efficiency.

  17. Using ferrule-top opto-mechanical probes as a new tool in VCSEL reliability experiments.

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    van Hoorn, Camiel H; Ariese, Freek; Iannuzzi, Davide; Mank, Arjan J G

    2015-11-16

    Today, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) are used in many high-end applications, for which the laser lifetime is a critical parameter. Changes in the spatial distribution of the various emission modes of the VCSEL can be used as an early sign of device degradation, enhancing the speed and detail of failure mode analysis. We have developed a ferrule-top combined atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) probe that can be used to analyze the transverse mode pattern of the 850 nm radiation at a <200 nm spatial resolution. During accelerated lifetime testing, the newly developed method shows that small local changes in the optical output can already be detected before any sign of device degradation is observed with conventional methods. PMID:26698511

  18. Low chirp and high-speed operation of transverse coupled cavity VCSEL

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    Hu, Shanting; Ahmed, Moustafa; Bakry, Ahmed; Koyama, Fumio

    2015-09-01

    We present the modeling on the modulation bandwidth and frequency chirp of transverse-coupled-cavity vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which enable us to tailor the transfer function of intensity and frequency modulations thanks to an optical feedback effect. The simulation shows the 3-dB-modulation bandwidth can be doubled and the chirp can be reduced by a factor of more than three. These improvements could be explained by an increase in differential net gain in coupled cavities. The result shows a possibility of high-speed and low-chirp operations of transverse coupled cavity VCSELs for higher data rates and longer link lengths of single-mode fiber transmissions.

  19. Optimization of mode numbers of VCSELs for small-cell backhaul applications

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    Lu, I.-Cheng; Wei, Chia-Chien; Shi, Jin-Wei; Chen, Hsing-Yu; Tsai, Sheng-Fan; Hsu, Dar-Zu; Wei, Zhi-Rui; Wun, Jhih-Min; Chen, Jyehong

    2015-07-01

    This paper reports optical orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) transmission using 850 nm Zn-diffusion Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) and multimode fiber (MMF) for small-cell backhaul applications. We also investigated the influence of side mode suppression ratio (SMSR) on the performance of OFDM modulation. By further optimizing the Zn-diffusion conditions and oxide aperture size, a high-power (6.7 mW) SM (SMSR>30 dB) VCSEL is demonstrated. By using OFDM modulation and bit-loading algorithm, record-high BRDP (91 Gb/s km) at 26 Gb/s transmission under FEC threshold (bit error rate (BER)<3.8×10-3) across 3.5 km OM4 fiber has been successfully demonstrated.

  20. Nonlinear spectroscopy with a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL)

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    Affolderbach, C.; Nagel, A.; Knappe, S.; Jung, C.; Wiedenmann, D.; Wynands, R.

    We have evaluated the suitability of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diode (VCSEL) for spectroscopic applications. Despite its low output power it is possible to observe narrow resonances in a saturated absorption spectroscopy experiment on the cesium D2 transition at 852 nm, limited in width by the laser linewidth of several tens of MHz. High modulation efficiency of the VCSEL allows us to create modulation sidebands at 9.2 GHz frequency via direct modulation of the laser injection current. Using the carrier and either one of the sidebands coherent population trapping (CPT) resonances in a buffered cesium vapor can be prepared with linewidths below 130 Hz. With this very compact setup we have studied the dependence of CPT resonance position and linewidth as a function of optical detuning and find evidence of the influence of the excited state hyperfine structure.

  1. High power high repetition rate VCSEL array side-pumped pulsed blue laser

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    van Leeuwen, Robert; Zhao, Pu; Chen, Tong; Xu, Bing; Watkins, Laurence; Seurin, Jean-Francois; Xu, Guoyang; Miglo, Alexander; Wang, Qing; Ghosh, Chuni

    2013-03-01

    High power, kW-class, 808 nm pump modules based on the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology were developed for side-pumping of solid-state lasers. Two 1.2 kW VCSEL pump modules were implemented in a dual side-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser operating at 946 nm. The laser output was frequency doubled in a BBO crystal to produce pulsed blue light. With 125 μs pump pulses at a 300 Hz repetition rate 6.1 W QCW 946 nm laser power was produced. The laser power was limited by thermal lensing in the Nd:YAG rod.

  2. Polarity and asymmetric cell division in the control of lymphocyte fate decisions and function.

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    Yassin, Mohammed; Russell, Sarah M

    2016-04-01

    Polarity is important in several lymphocyte processes including lymphocyte migration, formation of the immunological synapse, and asymmetric cell division (ACD). While lymphocyte migration and immunological synapse formation are relatively well understood, the role of lymphocyte ACD is less clear. Recent advances in measuring polarity enable more robust analyses of asymmetric cell division. Use of these new methods has produced crucial quantification of ACD at precise phases of lymphocyte development and activation. These developments are leading to a better understanding of the drivers of fate choice during lymphocyte activation and provide a context within which to explain the effects of ACD. PMID:26945468

  3. Controlling the Polarization State of Light with a Dispersion-Free Metastructure

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    Jiang, Shang-Chi; Xiong, Xiang; Hu, Yuan-Sheng; Hu, Yu-Hui; Ma, Guo-Bin; Peng, Ru-Wen; Sun, Cheng; Wang, Mu

    2014-04-01

    By combining the advantages of both a metallic metamaterial and a dielectric interlayer, we demonstrate the general mechanism to construct the dispersion-free metastructure, in which the intrinsic dispersion of the metallic structures is perfectly cancelled out by the thickness-dependent dispersion of the dielectric spacing layer. As examples to apply this concept, a broadband quarter-wave plate and a half-wave plate are demonstrated. By selecting the structural parameters, the polarization state of light can be freely tuned across a broad frequency range, and all of the polarization states on the Poincaré sphere can be realized dispersion free.

  4. Collisional control of ground state polar molecules and universal dipolar scattering.

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    Ticknor, Christopher

    2008-04-01

    We explore the impact of the short-range interaction on the scattering of ground state polar molecules and study the transition from a weak to strong dipolar scattering over an experimentally reasonable range of energies and electric field values. In the strong dipolar limit, the scattering scales with respect to a dimensionless quantity defined by mass, induced dipole moment, and collision energy. The scaling has implications for all quantum mechanical dipolar scattering. Furthermore the universal scattering regime will readily be achieved with polar molecules at ultracold temperatures. PMID:18517950

  5. Generation and control of spin-polarized photocurrents in GaMnAs heterostructures

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    Bezerra, Anibal T. Farinas, Paulo F.; Studart, Nelson; Degani, Marcos H.; Maialle, Marcelo Z.

    2014-01-13

    Photocurrents are calculated for a specially designed GaMnAs semiconductor heterostructure. The results reveal regions in the infrared range of the energy spectrum, in which the proposed structure is remarkably spin-selective. For such photon energies, the generated photocurrents are strongly spin-polarized. Application of a relatively small static bias in the growth direction of the structure is predicted to efficiently reverse the spin-polarization for some photon energies. This behavior suggests the possibility of conveniently simple switching mechanisms. The physics underlying the results is studied and understood in terms of the spin-dependent properties emerging from the particular potential profile of the structure.

  6. Subnatural-Linewidth Polarization-Entangled Photon Pairs with Controllable Temporal Length

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    Liao, Kaiyu; Yan, Hui; He, Junyu; Du, Shengwang; Zhang, Zhi-Ming; Zhu, Shi-Liang

    2014-06-01

    We demonstrate an efficient experimental scheme for producing polarization-entangled photon pairs from spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in a laser-cooled Rb85 atomic ensemble, with a bandwidth (as low as 0.8 MHz) much narrower than the rubidium atomic natural linewidth. By stabilizing the relative phase between the two SFWM paths in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer configuration, we are able to produce all four Bell states. These subnatural-linewidth photon pairs with polarization entanglement are ideal quantum information carriers for connecting remote atomic quantum nodes via efficient light-matter interaction in a photon-atom quantum network.

  7. Subnatural-linewidth polarization-entangled photon pairs with controllable temporal length.

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    Liao, Kaiyu; Yan, Hui; He, Junyu; Du, Shengwang; Zhang, Zhi-Ming; Zhu, Shi-Liang

    2014-06-20

    We demonstrate an efficient experimental scheme for producing polarization-entangled photon pairs from spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) in a laser-cooled (85)Rb atomic ensemble, with a bandwidth (as low as 0.8 MHz) much narrower than the rubidium atomic natural linewidth. By stabilizing the relative phase between the two SFWM paths in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer configuration, we are able to produce all four Bell states. These subnatural-linewidth photon pairs with polarization entanglement are ideal quantum information carriers for connecting remote atomic quantum nodes via efficient light-matter interaction in a photon-atom quantum network. PMID:24996089

  8. Progress on high-power high-brightness VCSELs and applications

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    Zhou, Delai; Seurin, Jean-Francois; Xu, Guoyang; Zhao, Pu; Xu, Bing; Chen, Tong; Van Leeuwen, Robert; Matheussen, Joseph; Wang, Qing; Ghosh, Chuni

    2015-03-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are attractive for many pumping and direct-diode applications due to combined advantages in low cost, high reliability, narrow and thermally stable spectrum, high power scalability, and easy system integration, etc. We report our progress on electrically pumped, GaAs-based, high- power high-brightness VCSELs and 2D arrays in the infrared wavelength range. At 976nm, over 5.5W peak CW output and 60% peak power conversion efficiency (PCE) were demonstrated with 225um oxide-confined device. For 5x5mm arrays, peak PCE of 54% and peak power of >450W at 976nm, peak PCE of 46% and peak power of >110W at 808nm were achieved respectively under QCW conditions. External cavity configuration was used to improve the VCSEL brightness. Single mode output of 280mW and 37% PCE were realized from 80um device. For large 325um device, we obtained single mode (M2=1.1) CW output of 2.1W, corresponding to a brightness of 160MW/cm2*sr. Three major areas of applications using such VCSELs are discussed: 1. High brightness fiber output; 2. High power, high efficiency green lasers from 2nd harmonic generation. 3.34W green output with 21.2% PCE were achieved; 3. Pumping solid state lasers for high energy pulse generation. We have demonstrated Q-switched pulses with 16.1mJ at 1064nm and 4.9mJ with 1W average power at 473nm.

  9. Proton Irradiation Effects in Oxide-Confined Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) Diodes

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    Armendariz, M.G.; Barnes, C.E.; Choquette, K.D.; Guertin, S.; Hash, G.L.; Schwank, J.R.; Swift, G.M.

    1999-03-11

    Recent space experience has shown that the use of commercial optocouplers can be problematic in spacecraft, such as TOPEX/Poseidon, that must operate in significant radiation environments. Radiation--induced failures of these devices have been observed in space and have been further documented at similar radiation doses in the laboratory. The ubiquitous use of optocouplers in spacecraft systems for a variety of applications, such as electrical isolation, switching and power transfer, is indicative of the need for optocouplers that can withstand the space radiation environment. In addition, the distributed nature of their use implies that it is not particularly desirable to shield optocouplers for use in radiation environments. Thus, it will be important for the space community to have access to radiation hardened/tolerant optocouplers. For many microelectronic and photonic devices, it is difficult to achieve radiation hardness without sacrificing performance. However, in the case of optocouplers, one should be able to achieve both superior radiation hardness and performance for such characteristics as switching speed, current transfer ratio (CTR), minimum power usage and array power transfer, if standard light emitting diodes (LEDs), such as those in the commercial optocouplers mentioned above, are avoided, and VCSELs are employed as the emitter portion of the optocoupler. The physical configuration of VCSELs allows one to achieve parallel use of an array of devices and construct a multichannel optocoupler in the standard fashion with the emitters and detectors looking at each other. In addition, detectors similar in structure to the VCSELs can be fabricated which allows bidirectional functionality of the optocoupler. Recent discussions suggest that VCSELs will enjoy widespread applications in the telecommunications and data transfer fields.

  10. GaAs/AlOx high contrast gratings for 980nm VCSELs

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    Gebski, M.; Dems, M.; Chen, J.; Qijie, W.; Dao Hua, Z.; Czyszanowski, T.

    2014-02-01

    In this paper we present results of computer optical simulations of VCSEL with modified high refractive index contrast grating (HCG) as a top mirror. We consider the HCG of two different designs which determine the lateral aperture. Such HCG mirror provides selective guiding effect. We show that proper design of aperture of HCG results in almost sixfold increase in cavity Q-factor for zero order mode and a discrimination of higher order modes.

  11. High-total-dose gamma and neutron radiation tolerance of VCSEL assemblies

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    Berghmans, Francis; Van Uffelen, Marco; Decréton, Marc C.

    2002-09-01

    Optical fiber technology is seriously considered for communication and monitoring applications during the operation and maintenance of future thermonuclear fusion reactors. Their environment is characterized, in particular, by possibly high gamma dose-rates and total doses in excess of 10 MGy. In addition, the maintenance equipment might be stored in close vicinity of the reactor during its operation and therefore the communication devices might also be exposed to a substantial neutron fluence. The feasibility of applying photonic technology in these radiation fields therefore needs to be assessed. Whereas many reports deal with the radiation behavior of a variety of fiber-optic devices, only little information is available on the radiation tolerance at high total dose (e.g. > 1 MGy). We describe our recent results obtained on vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) assemblies. We have conducted high total dose (up to 20 MGy) irradiation experiments on such devices, which confirmed their excellent gamma radiation hardness. The optical power loss at nominal forward current was less than 2 dB and the threshold current remained unaltered. We have also irradiated these devices with neutrons inside the BR1 reactor (SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium) up to a total fluence on the order of 1015 n×cm-2. The response of VCSELs to neutrons is, as expected, different from that to gamma radiation. VCSELs previously exposed to gamma rays exhibited an accelerated degradation under neutron radiation compared to not pre-irradiated devices. The beneficial effect of applying a continuous forward bias to the VCSELs is also evidenced.

  12. Long-wavelength InP-based VCSELs with buried tunnel junction: properties and applications

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    Shau, Robert; Ortsiefer, Markus; Rosskopf, Juergen; Boehm, Gerhard; Lauer, Christian; Maute, Markus; Amann, Markus-Christian

    2004-06-01

    InP-based VCSELs (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers) are interesting light sources for applications in spectroscopy and fiberoptical communication. Reviewed are devices with a buried tunnel junction (BTJ) and a dielectric backside reflector directly integrated on a electroplated gold-heatsink in the InGaAlAs/InP material system covering the wavelength range from 1.3 to 2.0 μm. The BTJ accomplishes both current confinement to the active region and wave-guiding by the refractive index distribution to achieve low threshold currents. Furthermore it allows for substitution of p-doped device parts by more suitable n-doped material. This approach already proved excellent device performance such as 7 mW output power (multi-mode) and good high temperature characteristics such as 0.5 mW at 80°C for 1.55 μm. Modulation at 10 Gbit/s was also demonstrated. Since the BTJ VCSEL concept covers a wide wavelength range, there is a high-potential field of applications in Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS). Demonstrated are representative measurements of NH3 and HCl. A specialty of TDLAS with VCSELs is the ability for rapid concentration determination with a time resolution up to the megahertz regime. Recent results and further developments of the device structure are also discussed.

  13. Evolution from modal to spatially incoherent emission of a broad-area VCSEL.

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    Mandre, Shyam K; Elsässer, Wolfgang; Fischer, Ingo; Peeters, Michael; Verschaffelt, Guy

    2008-03-31

    Broad-area vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (BA-VCSELs) can exhibit a state of spatially incoherent emission, as we recently reported in [M. Peeters et al., Opt. Express, 13, 9337 (2005)]. Here, we experimentally study the evolution of a BA-VCSEL under pulsed operation from well-defined modal emission with a multitude of transverse cavity modes to such spatially incoherent emission. The transition is studied using a high-speed intensified CCD camera and differential image analysis with which single-shot measurements of the imaged nearfield, farfield, spatial coherence, and spectral emission properties are acquired. This combination of experimental characterization tools allows for a detailed description of the BA-VCSEL's emission behavior, which is necessary for an in-depth understanding of the processes involved. We find the interplay between the thermal chirp and the build-up of a spatially distributed thermal lens to be decisive for the break-up of the global cavity modes. PMID:18542542

  14. Development of a Compact Optical-MEMS Scanner with Integrated VCSEL Light Source and Diffractive Optics

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    Krygowski, Thomas W.; Reyes, David; Rodgers, M. Steven; Smith, James H.; Warren, Mial; Sweatt, William; Blum-Spahn, Olga; Wendt, Joel R.; Asbill, Randy

    1999-06-30

    In this work the design and initial fabrication results are reported for the components of a compact optical-MEMS laser scanning system. This system integrates a silicon MEMS laser scanner, a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) and passive optical components. The MEMS scanner and VCSEL are mounted onto a fused silica substrate which serves as an optical interconnect between the devices. Two Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) are etched into the fused silica substrate to focus the VCSEL beam and increase the scan range. The silicon MEMS scanner consists of an actuator that continuously scans the position of a large polysilicon gold-coated shuttle containing a third DOE. Interferometric measurements show that the residual stress in the 500 {micro}m x 1000 {micro}m shuttle is extremely low, with a maximum deflection of only 0.18{micro}m over an 800 {micro}m span for an unmetallized case and a deflection of 0.56{micro}m for the metallized case. A conservative estimate for the scan range is {approximately}{+-}4{degree}, with a spot size of about 0.5 mm, producing 50 resolvable spots. The basic system architecture, optical and MEMS design is reported in this paper, with an emphasis on the design and fabrication of the silicon MEMS scanner portion of the system.

  15. Fabrication, Packaging, and Performance of VCSELs and Photodetectors for Space Applications

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    Armendariz, M.G.; Briggs, R.D.; Choquette, K.D.; Geib, K.M.; Serkland, D.K.

    1999-03-09

    Optocouplers are used for a variety of applications aboard spacecraft including electrical isolation, switching and power transfer. Commercially available light emitting diode (LED)-based optocouplers have experienced severe degradation of light output due to extensive displacement damage occurring in the semiconductor lattice caused by energetic proton bombardment. A new optocoupler has been designed and fabricated which utilizes vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) and resonant cavity photodetector (RCPD) technologies for the optocoupler emitter and detector, respectively. Linear arrays of selectively oxidized GaAs/AlGaAs VCSELS and RCPDS, each designed to operate at a wavelength of 850nm, were fabricated using an airbridge contacting scheme. The airbridged contacts were designed to improve packaging yields and device reliability by eliminating the use of a polyimide planarizing layer which provided poor adhesion to the bond pad metallization. Details of the airbridged optocoupler fabrication process are reported. Discrete VCSEL and RCPD devices were characterized at temperatures between {minus}100 to 100 C. Devices were packaged in a face-to-face configuration to form a single channel optocoupler and its performance was evaluated under conditions of high-energy proton bombardment.

  16. Two dimensional analysis of finite size high-contrast gratings for applications in VCSELs.

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    Liu, Anjin; Hofmann, Werner; Bimberg, Dieter

    2014-05-19

    2-dimensional simulations of high-contrast gratings (HCGs) of finite size are carried out, targeting at their applications in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). Finite HCGs show a very different behavior from infinite grating ones. The reflectivity of a finite HCG strongly depends on the HCG size and the source size. Our simulation results predict finite reflectivity and transmission values, well consistent with reported experimental results. The band of high reflectivity (>99.5%) of finite HCGs is less broad as compared to the infinite case. Losses into a guided mode excited in the HCG plane are identified as being at the root. This guided mode is excited due to the nonzero angular components in the finite source size, and greatly enhances the transmission and the light leakage from the slab. In addition, the simulation results show that the details of the finite HCG can shape the output beam, whilst a Gaussian-like reflected wave is typically achieved. Our simulations can explain the current discrepancies between numerical predictions of reflectivities approaching 100% and working HCG-VCSELs showing finite reflectivities and nearly Gaussian-like output. Consequently, our analysis of finite HCGs is indispensable for HCG-VCSEL design. PMID:24921302

  17. Temperature characteristics of surface micromachined MEMS-VCSEL with large tuning range.

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    Gierl, C; Gründl, T; Paul, S; Zogal, K; Haidar, M T; Meissner, P; Amann, M-C; Küppers, F

    2014-06-01

    Several Applications for tunable laser diodes have strict constraints in terms of overall power consumption. Furthermore, the implementation in harsh environments with large temperature fluctuations is necessary. Due to the constraint in power consumption, the application of active cooling might not be an option. For this reason we investigate the temperature characteristics of an electrically pumped MEMS-VCSEL with wide continuous wavelength tuning. For the first time, a mode hop free single mode (side mode suppression ratio (SMSR) > 40dB) tuning range of 45nm at 70°C is demonstrated with a MEMS-VCSEL. An increase of the tuning range from 85nm at 20°C to 92nm at 40°C is measured and explained. In contrast to fixed wavelength VCSEL, the investigated device shows a negative temperature induced wavelength shift of -4.5nmK(-1), which is caused by the MEMS-mirror. At 1560nm, the fibre-coupled optical output power is above 0.6mW over the entire temperature range between 20°C to 70°C and shows a maximum of > 3mW at 20°C. PMID:24921503

  18. Wideband Electrically-Pumped 1050 nm MEMS-Tunable VCSEL for Ophthalmic Imaging

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    John, Demis D.; Burgner, Christopher B.; Potsaid, Benjamin; Robertson, Martin E.; Lee, Byung Kun; Choi, Woo Jhon; Cable, Alex E.; Fujimoto, James G.; Jayaraman, Vijaysekhar

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we present a 1050 nm electrically-pumped micro-electro-mechanically-tunable vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser (MEMS-VCSEL) with a record dynamic tuning bandwidth of 63.8 nm, suitable for swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) imaging. These devices provide reduced cost & complexity relative to previously demonstrated optically pumped devices by obviating the need for a pump laser and associated hardware. We demonstrate ophthalmic SS-OCT imaging with the electrically-pumped MEMS-VCSEL at a 400 kHz axial scan rate for wide field imaging of the in vivo human retina over a 12 mm × 12 mm field and for OCT angiography of the macula over 6 mm × 6 mm & 3 mm × 3 mm fields to show retinal vasculature and capillary structure near the fovea. These results demonstrate the feasibility of electrically pumped MEMS-VCSELs in ophthalmic instrumentation, the largest clinical application of OCT. In addition, we estimate that the 3 dB coherence length in air is 225 meters ± 51 meters, far greater than required for ophthalmic SS-OCT and suggestive of other distance ranging applications. PMID:26594089

  19. Bidirectional hybrid PM-based RoF and VCSEL-based VLLC system.

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    Li, Chung-Yi; Lu, Hai-Han; Chang, Ching-Hung; Lin, Chun-Yu; Wu, Po-Yi; Zheng, Jun-Ren; Lin, Chia-Rung

    2014-06-30

    A bidirectional hybrid phase modulation (PM)-based radio-over-fiber (RoF) and vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL)-based visible laser light communication (VLLC) systems employing injection-locked VCSEL-based PM-to-intensity modulation (IM) converters and optical interleavers (ILs) is proposed and demonstrated. To be the first one of using injection-locked VCSEL-based PM-to-IM converters and optical ILs in such bidirectional hybrid RoF and VLLC systems, the downstream light is successfully phase-remodulated with RoF signal for up-link transmission. Through a serious investigation in systems, bit error rate (BER) and eye diagram perform brilliantly over a 40-km single-mode fiber (SMF) transport and a 12-m free-space transmission. Such a bidirectional hybrid RoF and VLLC system would be very attractive for the integration of fiber backbone and in-door networks to provide broadband integrated services, including Internet and telecommunication services. PMID:24977870

  20. Rictor Regulates Spermatogenesis by Controlling Sertoli Cell Cytoskeletal Organization and Cell Polarity in the Mouse Testis.

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    Dong, Heling; Chen, Zhenguo; Wang, Caixia; Xiong, Zhi; Zhao, Wanlu; Jia, Chunhong; Lin, Jun; Lin, Yan; Yuan, Weiping; Zhao, Allan Z; Bai, Xiaochun

    2015-11-01

    Maintenance of cell polarity is essential for Sertoli cell and blood-testis barrier (BTB) function and spermatogenesis; however, the signaling mechanisms that regulate the integrity of the cytoskeleton and polarity of Sertoli cells are not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that rapamycin-insensitive component of target of rapamycin (TOR) (Rictor), a core component of mechanistic TOR complex 2 (mTORC2), was expressed in the seminiferous epithelium during testicular development, and was down-regulated in a cadmium chloride-induced BTB damage model. We then conditionally deleted the Rictor gene in Sertoli cells and mutant mice exhibited azoospermia and were sterile as early as 3 months old. Further study revealed that Rictor may regulate actin organization via both mTORC2-dependent and mTORC2-independent mechanisms, in which the small GTPase, ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1, and phosphorylation of the actin filament regulatory protein, Paxillin, are involved, respectively. Loss of Rictor in Sertoli cells perturbed actin dynamics and caused microtubule disarrangement, both of which accumulatively disrupted Sertoli cell polarity and BTB integrity, accompanied by testicular developmental defects, spermiogenic arrest and excessive germ cell loss in mutant mice. Together, these findings establish the importance of Rictor/mTORC2 signaling in Sertoli cell function and spermatogenesis through the maintenance of Sertoli cell cytoskeletal dynamics, BTB integrity, and cell polarity. PMID:26360620

  1. Controlling electron-ion rescattering in two-color circularly polarized femtosecond laser fields

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    Mancuso, Christopher A.; Hickstein, Daniel D.; Dorney, Kevin M.; Ellis, Jennifer L.; Hasović, Elvedin; Knut, Ronny; Grychtol, Patrik; Gentry, Christian; Gopalakrishnan, Maithreyi; Zusin, Dmitriy; Dollar, Franklin J.; Tong, Xiao-Min; Milošević, Dejan B.; Becker, Wilhelm; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Murnane, Margaret M.

    2016-05-01

    High-harmonic generation driven by two-color counter-rotating circularly polarized laser fields was recently demonstrated experimentally as a breakthrough source of bright, coherent, circularly polarized beams in the extreme ultraviolet and soft-x-ray regions. However, the conditions for optimizing the single-atom yield are significantly more complex than for linearly polarized driving lasers and are not fully understood. Here we present a comprehensive study of strong-field ionization—the complementary process to high-harmonic generation—driven by two-color circularly polarized fields. We uncover the conditions that lead to enhanced electron-ion rescattering, which should correspond to the highest single-atom harmonic flux. Using a velocity map imaging photoelectron spectrometer and tomographic reconstruction techniques, we record three-dimensional photoelectron distributions resulting from the strong-field ionization of argon atoms across a broad range of driving laser intensity ratios. In combination with analytical predictions and advanced numerical simulations, we show that "hard" electron-ion rescattering is optimized when the second-harmonic field has an intensity approximately four times higher than that of the fundamental driving field. We also investigate electron-ion rescattering with co-rotating fields, and find that rescattering is significantly suppressed when compared with counter-rotating fields.

  2. Mitotic Control of Planar Cell Polarity by Polo-like Kinase 1.

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    Shrestha, Rezma; Little, Katherine A; Tamayo, Joel V; Li, Wenyang; Perlman, David H; Devenport, Danelle

    2015-06-01

    During cell division, polarized epithelial cells employ mechanisms to preserve cell polarity and tissue integrity. In dividing cells of the mammalian skin, planar cell polarity (PCP) is maintained through the bulk internalization, equal segregation, and polarized recycling of cortical PCP proteins. The dramatic redistribution of PCP proteins coincides precisely with cell-cycle progression, but the mechanisms coordinating PCP and mitosis are unknown. Here we identify Plk1 as a master regulator of PCP dynamics during mitosis. Plk1 interacts with core PCP component Celsr1 via a conserved polo-box domain (PBD)-binding motif, localizes to mitotic endosomes, and directly phosphorylates Celsr1. Plk1-dependent phosphorylation activates the endocytic motif specifically during mitosis, allowing bulk recruitment of Celsr1 into endosomes. Inhibiting Plk1 activity blocks PCP internalization and perturbs PCP asymmetry. Mimicking dileucine motif phosphorylation is sufficient to drive Celsr1 internalization during interphase. Thus, Plk1-mediated phosphorylation of Celsr1 ensures that PCP redistribution is precisely coordinated with mitotic entry. PMID:26004507

  3. Rab-mediated membrane trafficking and the control of epithelial cell polarity.

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    Ioannou, Maria S; McPherson, Peter S

    2016-05-01

    Development of cell polarity requires apical trafficking of podocalyxin; yet the regulation of its transport is unclear. In this issue, Mrozowska and Fukuda (2016. J. Cell Biol http://dx.doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201512024) demonstrate that different sets of Rabs and Rab effectors are used to regulate podocalyxin trafficking in two- versus three-dimensional model systems. PMID:27138254

  4. PCP Signaling between Migrating Neurons and their Planar-Polarized Neuroepithelial Environment Controls Filopodial Dynamics and Directional Migration

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    Moens, Cecilia B.

    2016-01-01

    The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway is a cell-contact mediated mechanism for transmitting polarity information between neighboring cells. PCP “core components” (Vangl, Fz, Pk, Dsh, and Celsr) are essential for a number of cell migratory events including the posterior migration of facial branchiomotor neurons (FBMNs) in the plane of the hindbrain neuroepithelium in zebrafish and mice. While the mechanism by which PCP signaling polarizes static epithelial cells is well understood, how PCP signaling controls highly dynamic processes like neuronal migration remains an important outstanding question given that PCP components have been implicated in a range of directed cell movements, particularly during vertebrate development. Here, by systematically disrupting PCP signaling in a rhombomere-restricted manner we show that PCP signaling is required both within FBMNs and the hindbrain rhombomere 4 environment at the time when they initiate their migration. Correspondingly, we demonstrate planar polarized localization of PCP core components Vangl2 and Fzd3a in the hindbrain neuroepithelium, and transient localization of Vangl2 at the tips of retracting FBMN filopodia. Using high-resolution timelapse imaging of FBMNs in genetic chimeras we uncover opposing cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous functions for Fzd3a and Vangl2 in regulating FBMN protrusive activity. Within FBMNs, Fzd3a is required to stabilize filopodia while Vangl2 has an antagonistic, destabilizing role. However, in the migratory environment Fzd3a acts to destabilize FBMN filopodia while Vangl2 has a stabilizing role. Together, our findings suggest a model in which PCP signaling between the planar polarized neuroepithelial environment and FBMNs directs migration by the selective stabilization of FBMN filopodia. PMID:26990447

  5. PCP Signaling between Migrating Neurons and their Planar-Polarized Neuroepithelial Environment Controls Filopodial Dynamics and Directional Migration.

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    Davey, Crystal F; Mathewson, Andrew W; Moens, Cecilia B

    2016-03-01

    The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway is a cell-contact mediated mechanism for transmitting polarity information between neighboring cells. PCP "core components" (Vangl, Fz, Pk, Dsh, and Celsr) are essential for a number of cell migratory events including the posterior migration of facial branchiomotor neurons (FBMNs) in the plane of the hindbrain neuroepithelium in zebrafish and mice. While the mechanism by which PCP signaling polarizes static epithelial cells is well understood, how PCP signaling controls highly dynamic processes like neuronal migration remains an important outstanding question given that PCP components have been implicated in a range of directed cell movements, particularly during vertebrate development. Here, by systematically disrupting PCP signaling in a rhombomere-restricted manner we show that PCP signaling is required both within FBMNs and the hindbrain rhombomere 4 environment at the time when they initiate their migration. Correspondingly, we demonstrate planar polarized localization of PCP core components Vangl2 and Fzd3a in the hindbrain neuroepithelium, and transient localization of Vangl2 at the tips of retracting FBMN filopodia. Using high-resolution timelapse imaging of FBMNs in genetic chimeras we uncover opposing cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous functions for Fzd3a and Vangl2 in regulating FBMN protrusive activity. Within FBMNs, Fzd3a is required to stabilize filopodia while Vangl2 has an antagonistic, destabilizing role. However, in the migratory environment Fzd3a acts to destabilize FBMN filopodia while Vangl2 has a stabilizing role. Together, our findings suggest a model in which PCP signaling between the planar polarized neuroepithelial environment and FBMNs directs migration by the selective stabilization of FBMN filopodia. PMID:26990447

  6. The spatio-temporal domains of Frizzled6 action in planar polarity control of hair follicle orientation.

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    Chang, Hao; Smallwood, Philip M; Williams, John; Nathans, Jeremy

    2016-01-01

    In mammals, hair follicles cover most of the body surface and exhibit precise and stereotyped orientations relative to the body axes. Follicle orientation is controlled by the planar cell polarity (PCP; or, more generally, tissue polarity) system, as determined by the follicle mis-orientation phenotypes observed in mice with PCP gene mutations. The present study uses conditional knockout alleles of the PCP genes Frizzled6 (Fz6), Vangl1, and Vangl2, together with a series of Cre drivers to interrogate the spatio-temporal domains of PCP gene action in the developing mouse epidermis required for follicle orientation. Fz6 is required starting between embryonic day (E)11.5 and E12.5. Eliminating Fz6 in either the anterior or the posterior halves of the embryo or in either the feet or the torso leads to follicle mis-orientation phenotypes that are limited to the territories associated with Fz6 loss, implying either that PCP signaling is required for communicating polarity information on a local but not a global scale, or that there are multiple independent sources of global polarity information. Eliminating Fz6 in most hair follicle cells or in the inter-follicular epidermis at E15.5 suggests that PCP signaling in developing follicles is not required to maintain their orientation. The asymmetric arrangement of Merkel cells around the base of each guard hair follicle dependents on Fz6 expression in the epidermis but not in differentiating Merkel cells. These experiments constrain current models of PCP signaling and the flow of polarity information in mammalian skin. PMID:26517967

  7. Polarization-based all-optical logic controlled-NOT, XOR, and XNOR gates employing electro-optic effect in periodically poled lithium niobate

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    Zhang, Yinxing; Chen, Yuping; Chen, Xianfeng

    2011-10-01

    Based on electro-optic Pockels effect of periodically poled lithium niobate, different polarization-based binary all-optical logic functions: controlled-NOT, XOR, and XNOR gates were demonstrated by altering the linear polarization state of input optical signal about 90° on the polarization plant. Because the depletion of signal intensity in polarization-based logic gates is smaller than that of digital logic signal in intensity-based logic gates and almost negligible, this scheme has potential application in realizing complex logic functions by cascading several basic gates.

  8. Scattering Intensity and Directionality Probed Along Individual Zinc Oxide Nanorods with Precisely Controlled Light Polarization and Nanorod Orientation

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    Choi, Daniel S.; Singh, Manpreet; Song, Sheng; Chang, Jae Young; Kang, Yongkoo; Hahm, Jong-in

    2015-01-01

    We elucidated the light-matter interaction of individual ZnO NRs with a monochromatic beam of linearly polarized light that scatters elastically from the ZnO NRs by performing forward scattering and back-aperture imaging in a dark-field setting. We precisely controlled the electric field vector of the incident light and the NR orientation within the plane of light interaction during both modes of measurement, and spatially resolved the scattering response from different interaction points along the NR long axis. We then discerned, for the first time, the effects of light polarization, analyzer angle, and NR orientation on the intensity and directionality of the optical responses both qualitatively and quantitatively along the length of the single ZnO NRs. We identified distinctive scattering profiles from individual ZnO NRs subject to incident light polarization with controlled NR orientation from the forward dark-field scattering and back-aperture imaging modes. The fundamental light interaction behavior of ZnO NRs is likely to govern their functional outcomes in photonics, optoelectronics, and sensor devices. Hence, our efforts provided much needed insight into unique optical responses from individual 1D ZnO nanomaterials, which could be highly beneficial in developing next-generation optoelectronic systems and optical biodetectors with improved device efficiency and sensitivity. PMID:26568952

  9. Polarization controlled deep sub-wavelength periodic features written by femtosecond laser on nanodiamond thin film surface

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    Kumar Kuntumalla, Mohan; Srikanth, Vadali V. S. S.; Rajamudili, Kuladeep; Rao Desai, Narayana

    2014-04-21

    Deep sub-wavelength (Λ/λ = ∼0.22) periodic features are induced uniformly on a nanodiamond (ND) thin film surface using femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation (pulse duration = ∼110 fs and central wavelength of ∼800 nm). The topography of the surface features is controlled by the laser polarization. Orientation of features is perpendicular to laser polarization. Periodicity (spatial periodicity of < λ/4) of the surface features is less than the laser wavelength. This work gives an experimental proof of polarization controlled surface plasmon-fs laser coupling mechanism prompting the interaction between fs laser and solid matter (here ND thin film) which in turn is resulting in the periodic surface features. Scanning electron microscopy in conjunction with micro Raman scattering, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy are carried out to extract surface morphology and phase information of the laser irradiated regions. This work demonstrates an easy and efficient surface fabrication technique.

  10. The design and analysis of sub-wavelength metal-grating large-aperture VCSELs

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    Zhang, X. W.; Ning, Y. Q.; Qin, L.; Liu, Y.; Wang, L. J.

    2012-10-01

    The polarization control of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with high power emission has been demonstrated by using metal grating to import non-isotropic gain. The grating with a period of 186 nm and a duty ratio of 0.5 was fabricated on the GaAs-cap layer to provide additional reflectance for H-polarization. The pairs of P-distributed Bragg reflectors were reduced to realize the maximum difference threshold gain of two orthogonal polarizations. A polarization ratio of 3 with an output power of 860 mW at continuous-wave operation was demonstrated at room temperature, and the high-order modes were suppressed. As a result, the far-field beam divergence was suppressed to 12°.

  11. Polarization controlled intensity noise correlation and squeezing of four-wave mixing processes in rubidium vapor

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    Li, Changbiao; Jiang, Zihai; Wang, Xiuxiu; Ahmed, Irfan; Raza, Faizan; Yang, Yiheng; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2016-05-01

    We observed four-wave mixing (FWM) processes in a double-Λ level of rubidium atomic system with electromagnetically induced transparency window having different polarization. The Autler-Townes splitting of FWM induced by the polarized multi-dark-state is observed. And the two-stage line shape of correlation that exhibits a sharp peak and a broad peak is also studied. The sharp peak and the broad peak are from the correlation of two spontaneous parametric FWMs and that of the vertical component and horizontal component of two coherent FWMs. Moreover we demonstrate that the intensity noise correlation and intensity-difference squeezing can be well modulated by the relative initial phase and nonlinear phase shift. Meanwhile, we also found the following of correlation (anti-correlation) by intensity-difference squeezing (anti-squeezing). The associated results may be applicable in all-optical communication and optical information processing on photonic chips.

  12. Control of Electronic Conduction at an Oxide Heterointerface using Surface Polar Adsorbates

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    Bell, Christopher

    2011-08-19

    We study the effect of the surface adsorption of a variety of common laboratory solvents on the conductivity at the interface between LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}. This interface possesses a range of intriguing physics, notably a proposed connection between the surface state of the LaAlO{sub 3} and the conductivity buried in the SrTiO{sub 3}. We show that the application of chemicals such as acetone, ethanol, and water can induce a large change (factor of three) in the conductivity. This phenomenon is observed only for polar solvents. These data provide experimental evidence for a general polarization-facilitated electronic transfer mechanism.

  13. The principles of laser beam control with polarization gratings introduced as diffractive waveplates

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    Nersisyan, S. R.; Tabiryan, N. V.; Steeves, D. M.; Kimball, B. R.

    2010-08-01

    The development history of polarization gratings (PGs), with origins in holography and Bragg gratings, accentuated and reinforced their perception as gratings. We highlight their nature as waveplates - diffractive waveplates (DWs) - and stress their family connection to vector vortex waveplates. This approach provides a straightforward understanding of the unusual properties of PGs, such as nearly 100% diffraction in thin material layers, the presence of only one diffraction order for a circularly polarized beam, wide diffraction bandwidth and the possibility of achromatic behavior. With technology being ripe for applications such as beam steering, and optical switching, we characterize the resistance of DWs to optical radiation, the effects of temperature and deformations. We also show that the boundary effects in the manufacturing process make it necessary to use substrates larger than the desired aperture of the DW. The multicomponent systems are discussed for developing normally transmissive switchable imaging systems, beam scanning, and achromatic diffraction.

  14. The Sedoheptulose Kinase CARKL Directs Macrophage Polarization through Control of Glucose Metabolism

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    Haschemi, Arvand; Kosma, Paul; Gille, Lars; Evans, Charles R.; Burant, Charles F.; Starkl, Philipp; Knapp, Bernhard; Haas, Robert; Schmid, Johannes A.; Jandl, Christoph; Amir, Shahzada; Lubec, Gert; Park, Jaehong; Esterbauer, Harald; Bilban, Martin; Brizuela, Leonardo; Pospisilik, J. Andrew; Otterbein, Leo E.; Wagner, Oswald

    2012-01-01

    Summary Immune cells are somewhat unique in that activation responses can alter quantitative phenotypes upwards of 100,000-fold. To date little is known about the metabolic adaptations necessary to mount such dramatic phenotypic shifts. Screening for novel regulators of macrophage activation, we found nonprotein kinases of glucose metabolism among the most enriched classes of candidate immune modulators. We find that one of these, the carbohydrate kinase-like protein CARKL, is rapidly downregulated in vitro and in vivo upon LPS stimulation in both mice and humans. Interestingly, CARKL catalyzes an orphan reaction in the pentose phosphate pathway, refocusing cellular metabolism to a high-redox state upon physiological or artificial downregulation. We find that CARKL-dependent metabolic reprogramming is required for proper M1- and M2-like macrophage polarization and uncover a rate-limiting requirement for appropriate glucose flux in macrophage polarization. PMID:22682222

  15. Microbial Competition in Polar Soils: A Review of an Understudied but Potentially Important Control on Productivity

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    Bell, Terrence H.; Callender, Katrina L.; Whyte, Lyle G.; Greer, Charles W.

    2013-01-01

    Intermicrobial competition is known to occur in many natural environments, and can result from direct conflict between organisms, or from differential rates of growth, colonization, and/or nutrient acquisition. It has been difficult to extensively examine intermicrobial competition in situ, but these interactions may play an important role in the regulation of the many biogeochemical processes that are tied to microbial communities in polar soils. A greater understanding of how competition influences productivity will improve projections of gas and nutrient flux as the poles warm, may provide biotechnological opportunities for increasing the degradation of contaminants in polar soil, and will help to predict changes in communities of higher organisms, such as plants. PMID:24832797

  16. Photoionization of Synchrotron-Radiation-Excited Atoms: Separating Partial Cross Sections by Full Polarization Control

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    Aloïse, S.; O'Keeffe, P.; Cubaynes, D.; Meyer, M.; Grum-Grzhimailo, A. N.

    2005-06-01

    Resonant atomic excitation by synchrotron radiation and subsequent ionization by a tunable dye laser is used to study the photoionization of short-lived Rydberg states in Xe. By combining circular and linear polarization of the synchrotron as well as of the laser photons the partial photoionization cross sections were separated in the region of overlapping autoionizing resonances of different symmetry and the parameters of the resonances were extracted.

  17. Photoionization of synchrotron-radiation-excited atoms: separating partial cross sections by full polarization control.

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    Aloïse, S; O'Keeffe, P; Cubaynes, D; Meyer, M; Grum-Grzhimailo, A N

    2005-06-10

    Resonant atomic excitation by synchrotron radiation and subsequent ionization by a tunable dye laser is used to study the photoionization of short-lived Rydberg states in Xe. By combining circular and linear polarization of the synchrotron as well as of the laser photons the partial photoionization cross sections were separated in the region of overlapping autoionizing resonances of different symmetry and the parameters of the resonances were extracted. PMID:16090387

  18. Photoionization of Synchrotron-Radiation-Excited Atoms: Separating Partial Cross Sections by Full Polarization Control

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    Aloiese, S.; Meyer, M.; Cubaynes, D.; Grum-Grzhimailo, A. N.

    2005-06-10

    Resonant atomic excitation by synchrotron radiation and subsequent ionization by a tunable dye laser is used to study the photoionization of short-lived Rydberg states in Xe. By combining circular and linear polarization of the synchrotron as well as of the laser photons the partial photoionization cross sections were separated in the region of overlapping autoionizing resonances of different symmetry and the parameters of the resonances were extracted.

  19. Controlling the Polarity of Fullerene Derivatives to Optimize Nanomorphology in Blend Films.

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    Matsumoto, Fukashi; Iwai, Toshiyuki; Moriwaki, Kazuyuki; Takao, Yuko; Ito, Takatoshi; Mizuno, Takumi; Ohno, Toshinobu

    2016-02-24

    Developing a design strategy to establish the compatibility of acceptor materials with donor materials is important for the rational development of organic solar cells. We synthesized 2,6-dimethoxyphenyl methanofullerene derivatives to realize an enhanced open-circuit voltage, and we investigated polarities and their effects on the film morphology of the active layer. The polarities of the synthesized fullerene derivatives were affected significantly by the presence of functional groups, such as methoxy, ether, and ester groups. Macro/nanoscopic morphological investigation and spectroscopic analysis of the blend films of the poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT)/fullerene derivatives showed that a balanced polarity between materials results in the formation of optimized nanomorphology without grains and robust phase separation. Measurements of the device performance of the photovoltaic cells composed of P3HT and the fullerene derivatives confirmed the same tendency as that shown in the morphological analysis. This finding enables us to obtain an improved power conversion efficiency because of the enhanced open circuit voltage derived from the fullerene derivatives. PMID:26862987

  20. Atomic mechanism of polarization-controlled surface reconstruction in ferroelectric thin films

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    Gao, Peng; Liu, Heng-Jui; Huang, Yen-Lin; Chu, Ying-Hao; Ishikawa, Ryo; Feng, Bin; Jiang, Ying; Shibata, Naoya; Wang, En-Ge; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    At the ferroelectric surface, the broken translational symmetry induced bound charge should significantly alter the local atomic configurations. Experimentally revealing the atomic structure of ferroelectric surface, however, is very challenging due to the strong spatial variety between nano-sized domains, and strong interactions between the polarization and other structural parameters. Here, we study surface structures of Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 thin film by using the annular bright-field imaging. We find that six atomic layers with suppressed polarization and a charged 180° domain wall are at negatively poled surfaces, no reconstruction exists at positively poled surfaces, and seven atomic layers with suppressed polarization and a charged 90° domain wall exist at nominally neutral surfaces in ferroelastic domains. Our results provide critical insights into engineering ferroelectric thin films, fine grain ceramics and surface chemistry devices. The state-of-the-art methodology demonstrated here can greatly advance our understanding of surface science for oxides. PMID:27090766