Analytic equations for the degree of polarization of the output lightwave from jointed fibers are derived taking into account the coherence time of light and polarization mode dispersion in the fibers. On the basis of the results, the depolarizing conditions and the principles of optics of the Lyot depolarizer are discussed.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 10, 1984
Published: October 1, 1984
Kiyofumi Mochizuki, "Degree of polarization in jointed fibers: the Lyot depolarizer," Appl. Opt. 23, 3284-3288 (1984)