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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 1 — Jan. 4, 2010
  • pp: 49–55

Self-aligning polarization strategy for making side polished polarization maintaining fiber devices

Xinyue Wang and Ziyu Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 49-55 (2010)

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In this letter, we propose a new method that uses the stress applying parts (SAPs) in the polarization maintaining fibers (PMFs) cladding to realize the self-alignment of the side-polished face and the slow axis. This method enables the polarizers to be fabricated directly onto PMFs, and there are no interruptions to the optical path and no internal interfaces to reflect light. The polarizers offer a high polarization extinction ratio (PER) and high temperature stability. Theoretical and experimental results show that the new method dramatically reduces the polarization axis alignment (PAA) error and increases the success rate of making side-polished PMF polarizers with PER > 23 dB from 18.8% to 65.0%.


OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.1140) Optical design and fabrication : Alignment
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2009
Published: December 22, 2009

Xinyue Wang and Ziyu Wang, "Self-aligning polarization strategy for making side polished polarization maintaining 
fiber devices," Opt. Express 18, 49-55 (2010)

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