Faraday Rotation in Magnetic Ionic Liquids for Liquid Core Optical In-Line Isolator Applications
AuthorFleming, Devinna Danielle
AdvisorNorwood, Robert A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA suspended ionic solution of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iron tetrachloride [BMIM][FeCl4] provides a novel medium for achieving Faraday rotation under small magnetic fields at pump wavelengths of 980nm. As verified with spectrophotometry, transmission at telecommunication wavelengths makes the solution applicable across multiple applications. A cryostation was used to measure the sample up to a 340K and under field at 600mT, the ionic sample shows the necessary temperature stability and enables compact formats suitable for potential industrial applications. With a rotation of linearly polarized light of 0.04° over a 450um path length, a full 45° rotation requires only a 50.6cm path length and with only a 0.000175°/K temperature dependence. The observation of polarization effects in real time using lock-in amplifiers, and a photo-elastic modulator demonstrates the scalability, responsiveness, and stability of the ionic liquids for photonic integration. The test set up provides a convenient way to expand the research on ionic liquid Faraday rotation materials and other Faraday liquids ideally leading to a compact in-line isolator solution.
Degree ProgramGraduate College