Polarization switching in optical microsphere resonator

A. Yu Smirnov, Sergey Rashkeev, A. M. Zagoskin

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A general electrodynamical theory of a high-Q optical microsphere resonator in an external alternating magnetic field is reported. We show that such a system can change a polarization state of the whispering-gallery-mode photons confined in the sphere due to the Faraday effect. This property can be used in all-optical switches and logical devices. The contribution of the Kerr nonlinearities is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3503-3505
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2002
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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