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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2008
  • pp: 1215–1222

High-resolution refractive index anisotropy measurement in optical fibers through phase retardation modulation

Benoit Sévigny, François Busque, Nicolas Godbout, Suzanne Lacroix, and Mathieu Faucher  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 9, pp. 1215-1222 (2008)

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We present an improved, high-resolution method for the measurement of phase retardation induced by the material birefringence of optical fibers. Such a method can be used to retrieve information about the spatial distribution of refractive index anisotropy in the fiber by comparing the accumulated phase of a polarization component oriented along the fiber transmission axis and another located in the transverse plane. The method is based on the nonlinear regression of a phase modulated signal of known modulation amplitude altered by the sample. Experimental results obtained with our method for a standard telecommunications fiber (the Corning SMF-28) as well as photosensitive fibers (Fibercore PS1250 and PS1500) are presented with a noise-limited phase resolution below 10 4 radians and a spatial resolution below 1 μm . An analysis of the limitation of such measurement methods is also presented including diffraction by the fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 22, 2008
Published: March 20, 2008

Benoit Sévigny, François Busque, Nicolas Godbout, Suzanne Lacroix, and Mathieu Faucher, "High-resolution refractive index anisotropy measurement in optical fibers through phase retardation modulation," Appl. Opt. 47, 1215-1222 (2008)

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