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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2007
  • pp: 4073–4080

Characterization of birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fibers by use of white-light interferometry

Feng Tang, Xiang-zhao Wang, Yimo Zhang, and Wencai Jing  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 19, pp. 4073-4080 (2007)

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A new method for measuring the birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fibers (PMFs) with high sensitivity and accuracy is presented. The method employs white-light interferences between two orthogonally polarized modes of PMFs. The group birefringence of the fiber is calibrated first. Then the birefringence dispersion and its variation along different fiber sections are acquired by analyzing the broadening of interferograms at different fiber lengths. The main sources of error are investigated. Birefringence dispersions of two PANDA fibers at their operation wavelength are measured to be 0.011   ps / ( km   nm ) and 0.018   ps / ( km   nm ) . A measurement repeatability of 0.001   ps / ( km   nm ) is achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2007
Published: June 12, 2007

Feng Tang, Xiang-zhao Wang, Yimo Zhang, and Wencai Jing, "Characterization of birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fibers by use of white-light interferometry," Appl. Opt. 46, 4073-4080 (2007)

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