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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 32, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 1993
  • pp: 5841–5848

Measurement of polarization mode dispersion and modal birefringence in highly birefringent fibers by means of electronically scanned shearing-type interferometry

Wojtek J. Bock and Waclaw Urbanczyk  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 32, Issue 30, pp. 5841-5848 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.32.005841


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Abstract

A method for measuring modal birefringence and polarization mode dispersion in highly birefringent fibers is presented. It employs a white-light interference phenomenon arising between polarization modes as a result of mode coupling induced by a pointlike lateral force applied in approximately one half the length of the tested fiber. This permits the use of a Wollaston prism without a delay line as an analyzing interferometer. Results of measurements of modal birefringence and polarization mode dispersion at λ0 = 826 nm are reported for four commercially available fibers: the York Bow-Tie, the Fujikura Panda, the Andrew E-type, and the Andrew D-type.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: October 13, 1992
Published: October 20, 1993

Citation
Wojtek J. Bock and Waclaw Urbanczyk, "Measurement of polarization mode dispersion and modal birefringence in highly birefringent fibers by means of electronically scanned shearing-type interferometry," Appl. Opt. 32, 5841-5848 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-32-30-5841

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