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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1979
  • pp: 2241–2251

Polarization optics of twisted single-mode fibers

R. Ulrich and A. Simon  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 18, Issue 13, pp. 2241-2251 (1979)

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In twisted single-mode optical fibers the polarization of light is affected by an elastooptically induced optical activity and by a modification of any linear birefringence present. These effects are discussed theoretically and demonstrated experimentally. The activity/twist ratio is α/τ ≃ 0.13 … 0.16 universally in weakly guiding silica fibers. Twisted fibers may be used as polarization rotators. A fiber with a ±68° double twist operates as a fast/slow mode interchanger, suitable for delay equalization.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 28, 1978
Published: July 1, 1979

R. Ulrich and A. Simon, "Polarization optics of twisted single-mode fibers," Appl. Opt. 18, 2241-2251 (1979)

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