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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1981
  • pp: 2721–2725

Birefringence measurement of fiber-optic devices

Y. Yen and R. Ulrich  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 2721-2725 (1981)

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A spectrometer-polarimeter is described for the measurement of the wavelength-dependent general birefringence of single-mode optical fibers and fiber-optic devices. The polarizer rotates, the analyzer is stepped, and a Fourier transform yields the principal axes and retardation. The Poincaré representation of polarization is used throughout.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 7, 1981
Published: August 1, 1981

Y. Yen and R. Ulrich, "Birefringence measurement of fiber-optic devices," Appl. Opt. 20, 2721-2725 (1981)

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  14. The factor 2 has been included here in the definition of the angle in accordance with the usual notation of the Poincaré formalism.

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