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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 22 — Nov. 3, 2003
  • pp: 2799–2806

Birefringence induced by irregular structure in photonic crystal fiber

In-Kag Hwang, Yong-Jae Lee , and Yong-Hee Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 22, pp. 2799-2806 (2003)

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The unintentional birefringence induced by the irregular structure in photonic crystal fibers is analyzed numerically using the plane wave expansion method. The statistical correlations between the birefringence and the various irregularities are obtained. The birefringence is found to be largely dependent on the fiber design parameters as well as the degree of the irregularity. And the large pitch and the small air hole make the fiber less sensitive to the structural irregularity, which is successfully explained by the simple perturbation theory. The accuracy of our analyses is confirmed by the detailed investigation of computational errors. This study provides the essential information for the characterization and the design of low birefringence photonic crystal fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2003
Published: November 3, 2003

In-Kag Hwang, Yong-Jae Lee, and Yong-Hee Lee, "Birefringence induced by irregular structure in photonic crystal fiber," Opt. Express 11, 2799-2806 (2003)

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