A scalar variational analysis based on a Gaussian approximation of the fundamental mode of a double-clad elliptical fiber with a depressed inner cladding is studied. The polarization properties and graphic results are presented; they are given in terms of three parameters: the ratio of the major axis to the minor axis of the core, the ratio of the inner cladding major axis to the core major axis, and the difference between the core index and the inner cladding index. The variations of both the spot size and the field intensity with core ellipticity are examined. It is shown that high birefringence and dispersion-free orthogonal polarization modes can be obtained within the single-mode region and that the field intensity distribution may be more confined to the fiber center than in a single-clad elliptical fiber.
© 1990 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 20, 1989
Published: December 20, 1990
Feng Zhang and John W. Y. Lit, "Polarization characteristics of double-clad elliptical fibers," Appl. Opt. 29, 5336-5342 (1990)