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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1509–1515

Enhanced and suppressed birefringence in fiber Bragg gratings

Suresh Pereira, J. E. Sipe, R. E. Slusher, and Stefan Spälter  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 1509-1515 (2002)

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We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that two orthogonal polarizations of light see an unequal index contrast in a UV-induced fiber Bragg grating. We have found that in a Bragg grating the phase-velocity mismatch is a function of detuning, and hence we can introduce an effective birefringence. The description of the polarization dynamics that we developed was confirmed by a set of experiments with a fiber grating. We show theoretically that by adjusting the value of the unequal index contrast relative to the average birefringence it should be possible to eliminate the phase-velocity mismatch between polarizations at a given frequency.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication

Suresh Pereira, J. E. Sipe, R. E. Slusher, and Stefan Spälter, "Enhanced and suppressed birefringence in fiber Bragg gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1509-1515 (2002)

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