The effects of birefringence and total internal reflection on the performance of current sensors that use the Faraday effect have been modeled numerically. The results show that, when these effects are present, the output electric field azimuth is affected by the position of the current-carrying conductor. In sensors that use highly circular birefringent fibers, however, the output azimuth is not affected.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 30, 1991
Published: September 1, 1992
Simon P. Bush and David A. Jackson, "Numerical investigation of the effects of birefringence and total internal reflection on Faraday effect current sensors," Appl. Opt. 31, 5366-5374 (1992)