To optimize the performance of a laser-based polarimeter, a mathematical simulation was performed. High-modulation currents allow a corresponding increase in signal. However, the effect of ohmic heating puts an upper limit on the power input to the solenoid. With this constraint, one
can systematically choose the wire diameter and the number of turns per unit length. An experimental verification of the optimized parameters provided performance approaching the shot-noise limit. By using higher modulation currents, one can operate at 1 kHz to achieve detectability in the
microdegree range, without the complications of high-frequency (100 kHz) modulation.
Ames Laboratory-USDOE and Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
Publication date: November 1, 1989
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