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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1988
  • pp: 3088–3096

Linear birefringence effects on fiber-optic current sensors

Peter R. Forman and Franz C. Jahoda  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 15, pp. 3088-3096 (1988)

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The occurrence of linear birefringence is inevitable when dealing with fiber optics. Intrinsic birefringence can be minimized, but deploying the fiber on an experiment will introduce stress birefringence due to bending and pressure. We have studied the effects of this extraneous linear birefringence on the measurement of current-induced circular birefringence in a fiber which also has a strong twist circular birefringence bias. Orienting the analyzing polarizer by a proscribed procedure gives minimum error. Quantitative error limits on the current for given fiber coil radii and winding tensile stress are calculated. Additional restrictions on the fiber lead-in and lead-out sections are discussed.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 14, 1987
Published: August 1, 1988

Peter R. Forman and Franz C. Jahoda, "Linear birefringence effects on fiber-optic current sensors," Appl. Opt. 27, 3088-3096 (1988)

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