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  • Editor: Jospeh N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2009
  • pp: 573–578

Fast polarization-dependent loss measurement based on continuous polarization modulation

Bogdan Szafraniec, Rüdiger Mästle, Bernd Nebendahl, Evan Thrush, and Douglas M. Baney  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 3, pp. 573-578 (2009)

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A new technique for measuring the insertion loss and the polarization-dependent loss (PDL) of optical components is proposed. The technique is based on continuous polarization modulation of the stimulus optical field as opposed to sequential polarization state switching as in the traditional Jones matrix analysis or Mueller matrix methods. This new method relies on the simultaneous observation of multiple harmonics of the transmitted optical signal in the frequency domain. The physical theory of this method is presented along with PDL measurements performed on a polarization modulator, a polarizer, a PDL standard, and on an acetylene absorption cell exhibiting spectrally sharp insertion loss features.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(130.1750) Integrated optics : Components
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2008
Published: January 16, 2009

Bogdan Szafraniec, Rüdiger Mästle, Bernd Nebendahl, Evan Thrush, and Douglas M. Baney, "Fast polarization-dependent loss measurement based on continuous polarization modulation," Appl. Opt. 48, 573-578 (2009)

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