Anatomy of a polarization switch of a vertical-cavity semiconductor laser

@article{Willemsen2000AnatomyOA,
  title={Anatomy of a polarization switch of a vertical-cavity semiconductor laser},
  author={Willemsen and MP vanExter and Woerdman},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2000},
  volume={84 19},
  pages={4337-40}
}
Using a streak camera we have measured the three Stokes polarization parameters during a polarization switch of a vertical-cavity semiconductor laser. The switch occurs along a corkscrew path on the Poincare sphere and takes on average a few nanoseconds; this value agrees with a theoretical treatment based upon the Fokker-Planck equation.