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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 4149–4154

Characterization of Polarization-Maintaining Fiber Using High-Sensitivity Optical-Frequency-Domain Reflectometry

Mark E. Froggatt, Dawn K. Gifford, Steven Kreger, Matthew Wolfe, and Brian J. Soller

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 24, Issue 11, pp. 4149-4154 (2006)

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Optical-frequency-domain reflectometry is used to measure the group-index difference and the refractive-index difference (i.e., beat length) between the fast and slow modes in polarization-maintaining optical fiber. The Rayleigh scatter normally present in the fiber is measured in reflection. This measurement, in turn, enables a distributed measurement of the fiber's birefringence that is rapid and completely nondestructive.

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Mark E. Froggatt, Dawn K. Gifford, Steven Kreger, Matthew Wolfe, and Brian J. Soller, "Characterization of Polarization-Maintaining Fiber Using High-Sensitivity Optical-Frequency-Domain Reflectometry," J. Lightwave Technol. 24, 4149-4154 (2006)

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