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  • Vol. 69, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1979
  • pp: 1218–1226

Polarization and losses of whispering-gallery waves along twisted trajectories

M. E. Marhic  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 69, Issue 9, pp. 1218-1226 (1979)

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A geometrical optics treatment shows that whispering-gallery waves following twisted trajectories can be in eigenstates of polarization if σ = (radius of curvature × torsion) is a constant. The Jones vectors of these eigenpolarizations are calculated, along with their propagation constants and power attenuation constants. The curve representing the evolution of an arbitrary input polarization makes a constant angle with the circles passing through the points corresponding to the eigenpolarizations, on the Poincaré sphere or in any one of the equivalent complex-plane representations. Experiments carried out with a cylindrical glass tube give results in good agreement with theoretical conclusions. The theory predicts that the smallest attenuation constant for three-dimensional trajectories in infrared and far-infrared guides should be about (1 + σ2) times larger than that for TE waves along two-dimensional trajectories of the same curvature, providing a practical criterion for the design of guides exhibiting twisted trajectories.

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M. E. Marhic, "Polarization and losses of whispering-gallery waves along twisted trajectories," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1218-1226 (1979)

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  6. Three-dimensional curves with σ = const make a constant angle γ = tan-1σ with a fixed direction, and are called general helixes; Ref. 4, p. 46.
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  9. Here, "to reach" should be understood in a physical rather than a mathematical sense, meaning to come so close to the eigenpolarization as to be practically indistinguishable from it.
  10. Another possibility is ω± = 0, ∞, which can be viewed as a limiting form of the general statement, since the point at infinity in the w plane belongs, in particular, to the imaginary axis.

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