Mid-IR Faraday Isolator

Mid-IR Faraday Isolator
Mid-IR Faraday Isolator
Mid-IR ISO-FRDY Series User’s Manual
Newport Corporation warrants that this product will be free from defects in material and
workmanship and will comply with Newport’s published specifications at the time of sale for a
period of one year from date of shipment. If found to be defective during the warranty period,
the product will either be repaired or replaced at Newport's option.
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Newport headquarters in Irvine, California. You will be given prompt assistance and return
instructions. Send the product, freight prepaid, to the indicated service facility. Repairs will be made
and the instrument returned freight prepaid. Repaired products are warranted for the remainder of
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First printing 2005
© 2005 by Newport Corporation, Irvine, CA. All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be
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occurring in transit and is not obligated to accept products returned without an RMA#.
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Table of Contents
Warranty ..................................................................................................... ii
Technical Support Contacts ....................................................................... iii
Table of Contents ....................................................................................... iv
1 General Information
1.1 Introduction ............................................................................................1
1.2 Safety .....................................................................................................2
1.3 Operation................................................................................................4
1.3.1 Using your Faraday Isolator ......................................................6
1.3.2 Tuning your Faraday Isolator ....................................................9
1.4 Specifications .......................................................................................10
2 Factory Service Information
2.1 Service Form ........................................................................................11
General Information
Your Newport Faraday Isolator is essentially a uni-directional light valve. It is used to protect a laser
source from destabilizing feedback or actual damage from back-reflected light. Figure 1 below identifies
the main elements of your Faraday Isolator.
Figure 1: Newport’s Mid-IR Faraday Isolator
The Faraday Isolator is a cylindrically-shaped magneto-optic device in which strong permanent magnets
are used to generate axially-oriented fields within the magnet housing. The strong longitudinal field causes
45 degrees of non-reciprocal polarization rotation for propagating light via the Faraday Effect in the crystal
located within the magnet housing. In operation, the magnet housing is sandwiched between input and
output polarizers that have their transmission axis oriented 45 degrees relative to each other to account
for the 45 degrees of Faraday rotation in the forward (transmission) direction. In the reverse (isolation)
direction the non-reciprocal Faraday rotation and the 45 degree polarizer transmission axis angle add so
that the polarization transmitted by the output polarizer is rejected at the input polarizer.
Your Newport Faraday Isolator is labeled with a serial number on the baseplate of the device.
The operational hazards presented to operating personnel by the use of your Newport Faraday
Isolator are listed below. An explanation of how the Faraday Isolator is designed, together with
procedures users can employ to eliminate or minimize these hazards are also listed.
Danger of sharp ferromagnetic objects being attracted to the residual permanent
magnet fields outside of the isolator. This hazard is of most concern if such fields
cause flying objects when being handled.
Your Newport Faraday Isolator requires strong internal magnetic fields to operate
properly. Efforts have been made to minimize external fields from the device while still
maintaining a relatively small and cost effective package. The external fields are designed
to be well within federal safety guidelines which limit external fields from magnetic
devices to be less than 2K Gauss at a radial distance of 5cm from the outside of the
device. However, such fields can be sufficient to attract nearby objects such as knives and
razor blades. Should attraction of such objects begin to occur there would be a strong
attractive force directing these objects towards the interior of the magnet housing. This
could be particularly likely to result in injury (e.g. a cut or puncture wound) if such
attraction occurred while the device was being handled – particularly if a body part of the
operating personnel is near a beam Aperture (i.e. end) of the device.
To minimize the above risks remove all loose ferromagnetic objects from the path
over which your Newport Faraday Isolator is to be moved prior to attempting to
move it. Do not pick up the isolator by its ends (i.e. apertures) where the attractive
magnetic fields are strongest. Always pick the isolator up along its sides.
Never attempt to disassemble the magnetic housing of your Faraday Rotator/Isolator.
Serious injury could result.
Reflection of rejected beams from the input and output polarizer.
The polarizer covers have been positioned at the factory to block all beams rejected
from the polarizers. In the event that your Faraday Isolator will be used with
transmitted average powers in excess of 25W, or will block backward propagating
light in excess of 0.5W average power, these polarizer covers must be rotated to allow
rejected beams to exit (see Figure 1) onto user supplied beam dumps. These rejected
beams can represent a hazard to users and/or their colleagues. Care must be
exercised to ensure that all rejected beams (both transmission and isolation
directions) are accounted for and terminated into functional beam dumps.
Wherever possible keep the strongest rejected beams in the horizontal plane of the
table or otherwise safest direction (typically down into the table). Always wear laser
safety glasses/goggles consistent with all laser frequencies and power levels
present. See the following sections for further details.
Failure of operating personnel to observe standard laser safety by sighting down
through the isolator when laser radiation is present.
It is never appropriate to view through the device in the transmission, isolation, or
rejected beam direction when laser radiation is present – even with laser safety
Never sight through your Newport Faraday Isolator in either direction when
there is any possibility of laser radiation being present.
Harm caused by external magnetic fields.
Your Newport Faraday Isolator has been designed to meet existing federal safety
guidelines for external fields as noted previously. Such guidelines could change in the
future as more information becomes known or reviewed regarding the interaction
between magnetic fields and human health. Since there exist various claims regarding
the potential harmful (and beneficial!) effects of magnetic fields on humans it is prudent
to limit interaction with these fields as much as possible.
Personnel with any magnetically-sensitive implants such as pacemakers should
consult their medical doctor regarding any potential complications which could
arise from the isolator external magnetic fields.
Other non-health related hazards.
The Faraday Isolator external magnetic fields can draw ferromagnetic objects into the
magnet housing that can damage the optical elements within the device. Keep a suitable
area in all directions around the Faraday Isolator clear of any loose ferromagnetic objects.
Ideally, use non-magnetic tools (such as stainless steel or titanium) and hardware to
secure the Faraday Isolator. If only ferromagnetic tools are available use extreme care
when using them around the Faraday Isolator. It is always helpful to bring such tools
towards an aperture (or end) radially rather than along the optical beam path. Doing this
ensures that the fields will tend to pull such objects into the magnet housing endplate
rather than into the optical aperture. Where possible use two hands, one to hold the tool
and the other to guide it to the desired destination.
Another concern regarding external magnetic fields is their effect on
magnetically-sensitive devices. The external fields are strong enough to induce a
pulse of current in electronic devices (such as digital watches) that can destroy them.
The fields can also disrupt the operation of other mechanical devices with
ferromagnetic parts in them. Finally, the external fields can erase information from
magnetic strips such as are found on credit and ID cards. Remove all magneticallysensitive materials and devices such as watches, computer hard drives and magnetic
strips from operators prior to working in the proximity of an isolator.
Figure 2: Overall view of a Newport Mid-IR ISO-FRDY Series Faraday Isolator
With the polarizer covers open, a polarizing beamsplitter cube (PBSC) can be seen at each end of the
device. The output PBSC is oriented with its transmission axis rotated 45 degrees relative to the input
PBSC. The input polarization shown is horizontal on the left and vertical on the right for a 2.0µm device.
However, not that in a 4.55µm device, the orientations are reversed; vertical polarization on the left and
horizontal on the right. This is better illustrated later in this section. In either case, the polarization always
follows the orientation of the escape ports.
The central magnet housing together with the crystal residing in its center forms a Faraday rotator. The
Faraday rotator rotates the input horizontal transmission axis by 45 degrees so that transmitted light has a
polarization aligned with the output transmission axis. The input and output PBSCs work in conjunction
with the central Faraday rotator to form a Faraday isolator as described previously in Section 1.
Figure 3: Rejected beam direction
Figure 3 shows the waveplate set screw holes. The rejected beam port that is between these set screw
holes is the direction that a backward propagating beam (i.e. a beam going the opposite direction of the
arrow on the isolator body) will be rejected.
Figure 4: Polarization Orientation Diagram
Figure 4 shows the coordinate system for the Faraday Isolators. A horizontal orientation is referred to as
0° while a vertical orientation is 90°. While looking in the direction of the transmitted beam, rotating
clockwise from the 0° gives an increasing orientation value, going toward 45°, then 90°, and finally 135°
before coming around again to 0°.
45° of rotation can be achieved in either direction (e.g. 0° to 45° or 45° to 0°) without the use of a
waveplate. If the output polarization needs to be the same as or 90° off from the input polarization, a
waveplate will be needed. Waveplates are installed on the input side of the device unless otherwise
Figure 5 below shows a 2.05µm device and a 4.55µm device where both have a horizontal input
polarization. The 4.55µm device has escape ports shifted 90° with respect to the 2.05µm device.
Figure 5: 2.05µm, 4.55µm Horizontal Polarization
Using your Faraday Isolator
Observe the guidelines for safe use of your Faraday Isolator found in Section 1.2 above when
removing your isolator from its shipping container. Do not remove the protective dust cover end caps
from the polarizers until the device is in a clean, relatively dust-free environment. Save the protective
end caps, packaging material and containers in the event that the device should ever need to be
returned to Newport.
Figure 6: Remove the protective dust cover endcaps in a clean environment
Verify that the Input and Output polarization states are consistent with the intended mode of
operation. If not, either send the device back to Newport (see Page iii) or, if desired, readjust the
isolator as required (see Section 1.3.2).
With the source laser off, or running at very low power (less than 250mW), position the Faraday
Isolator such that the source laser beam can be directed through the Input Aperture.
Critical alignment of the Faraday Isolator should be done at low power (less than 250mW) in order to
prevent optical damage to your isolator or laser source.
Use IR cards or viewers to ensure that the source laser beam is centered on the input and output
apertures. It is also preferable to use an IR viewer to ensure that weak reflections from AR coated optical
surfaces in the Faraday Isolator are not being directed back into the source laser. The optical surfaces in
the Faraday Isolator are angled slightly to reduce these reflections. However, if any such reflections exist
the device may typically be tilted by a small amount to ensure that such back reflections are not
coaxially aligned with the source laser beam. Increasing the distance between the Faraday Isolator and
the source laser can also help ensure that no reflections couple back into the source laser if necessary.
At this point the Faraday Isolator should be secured to the work surface with two (2) #4 or M3
screws. Alternatively, the holes are also tapped for two (2) 8-32 screws. Steel (ferromagnetic) ball
drivers or other such wrenches will be attracted to the external magnetic field surrounding the device.
If possible use anti-magnetic stainless steel or titanium tools. If ferromagnetic tools are used it is
desirable to introduce them slowly toward the device from the sides along the direction of the
mounting holes.
If the Faraday Isolator will be used with average powers in excess of 25W transmitted or 0.5W rejected
backward propagating radiation the Polarizer Covers will need to be rotated so that the Escape Ports
allow rejected polarization light to be safely dumped onto a beam dump. Failure to allow these rejected
polarizations to escape can cause the device to heat up. Such heat can degrade the performance of the
Faraday Isolator, or in severe cases, cause damage to optical components in the isolator. While
working with low alignment level power and wearing safety glasses physically grasp the Polarizer
Cover and rotate it by 90 degrees. Any rejected polarized beams (in either the forward or backward
propagating directions) can now exit the polarizer assembly. Use an IR viewer or IR card to locate
these beams. Ensure that they are terminated on beam dumps consistent with the maximum amount of
power that may be in such beams. In addition to high rejection (>30dB) of any undesired linear
polarization component in transmission, the Input and Output PBSC may reflect as much as 3% of the
desired transmitted polarization. If the Faraday Isolator is used in applications where strong reflections
and/or optical gain elements (amplifiers) exist there may be very high power rejected beams for
backward propagating light at the input polarizer. If the average power levels used do not exceed 25W
transmitted or 0.5W of backward propagating power then the Polarizer Covers may be kept in their
factory positioned orientation – that is with all rejected beams blocked by the Polarizer Cover.
However, if the Faraday Isolator is to be used with very high peak intensities it is prudent to allow
rejected beams to escape on to external beam dumps to prevent any ablation damage to the nickelplated Polarizer Covers. Follow the same procedure above as for high average powers in order to
safely terminate all rejected beams.
Figure 7: Diagram View of 2.05µm Aperture Faraday Isolator
Figure 8: Diagram View of 4.55µm Aperture Faraday Isolator
Tuning your Faraday Isolator
A. Maximizing Isolation
If it becomes necessary to operate the isolator at a different wavelength or temperature
than it was aligned at in the factory the isolator can be tuned to maximize isolation at
your operating conditions. Isolation of the device will change with wavelength used and
the temperature of the device. Loosen the four (4) T6 torx screws on the input side of the
isolator enough to allow the input polarizer mount to rotate as shown in Figure 7. Only
loosen the screws enough to let the mount rotate. Loosening too much or completely
removing the screws may damage the isolator. To tune the isolator to your specific
conditions, place it in the beam path in the reverse direction – the arrow on the isolator
body will point back toward the laser source. Ensure that the polarization going into the
isolator matches the output polarization of the isolator, which is now the end facing the
laser. Make sure all rejected beams are going in a safe direction. Turn the loosened
polarizer until the laser power going through the device is minimized. Carefully retighten
the four (4) T6 torx screws to a torque of 3 in*lbs. Retighten the screws slowly in a star
pattern to help ensure the alignment of the mount stays true.
Figure 9: Rotating input polarizer
B. Aligning Input Polarization
If the device was purchased with a waveplate, the input polarization can be adjusted. This
allows transmission to be maximized. This should be adjusted any time the isolation of
the device is tuned. To do so, remove the two backing screws shown in Figure 8 with a
0.035” hex driver. Loosen the revealed set screws to allow the waveplate mount to rotate
freely. If these set screws are loosened too much, the entire waveplate mount may fall
out. To align the input polarization, insert the device in the forward direction – the arrow
on the isolator body will point in the direction of the beam propagation. Ensure that the
polarization going into the isolator matches the desired input polarization of the isolator.
Make sure all rejected beams are going in a safe direction. Rotate the waveplate mount
until the transmitted power is maximized, or the power rejected off the first polarizer is
minimized. Retighten the set screws using 0.7 in*lbs. and replace the backing screws,
also tightening to 0.7 in*lbs.
Figure 10: Waveplate Set Screw Location
1.4 Specifications
Clear Aperture (mm)
Isolation (dB) @ 22°C
Transmission (%) @ 22°C
Input Polarization
Pulse Damage Threshold
Polarizer Type
for a 10ns pulse
PBS Cube
PBS Cube
Operating Temperature: Performance of Newport’s Faraday Rotators/Isolators is related to operating
temperature. For information on the effect of operating temperature on Newport’s Faraday Rotators/Isolators,
please review our technical bulleting, Effects of Temperature on Newport’s Faraday Rotators/Isolators.
For incident powers ≥50W, please consult Newport. You may either contact Newport’s technical support
department at [email protected] or view our website, www.newport.com.
Pulsed Damage Threshold: The pulsed damage threshold of your free space Faraday rotator or isolator
can be determined at pulsewidths other than 10ns by using the “Root T” scaling method.
Factory Service Information
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