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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 3 — Feb. 4, 2008
  • pp: 2245–2251

Spectropolarimetric interferometer based on single-mode glass waveguides

Zhi-mei Qi, Shanhong Xia, and Naoki Matsuda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 2245-2251 (2008)

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A novel simple spectropolarimetric interferometer was developed based on single-mode potassium ion-exchanged (PIE) glass waveguides that generally have a large birefringence due to the compressive stress induced in the ion-exchanged layers. By using the spectropolarimetric interferometry, wavelength dependence of the modal birefringence of single-mode PIE waveguides was accurately obtained in a broad bandwidth, without need to measure individual modal indices. The modal birefringence decreases with increasing wavelength. The spectropolarimetric interferometer was demonstrated to be responsive to changes occurring within the penetration depth of the evanescent field. A refractive-index change of Δn=0.002 was easily detected in the case of a 2-cm-long interaction path length.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 2, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 14, 2007
Published: February 1, 2008

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Zhi-mei Qi, Shanhong Xia, and Naoki Matsuda, "Spectropolarimetric interferometer based on single-mode glass waveguides," Opt. Express 16, 2245-2251 (2008)

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