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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3648–3660

Polarization converters in highly birefringent microfibers

HaiFeng Xuan, Jun Ma, Wa Jin, and Wei Jin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 3648-3660 (2014)

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A novel type of polarization converters (PCs) based on highly birefringent (Hi-Bi) microfibers is presented. Analytical formulation based on the Jones Matrix method and a numerical code based on the Full Vectorial Finite Difference Beam Propagation Method are developed to analyze the polarization evolutions in such PCs. Two different design configurations, namely the “one-side” and “two-side” perturbation configurations, are studied by use of the two methods, and the results obtained agree well with each others. The PCs can be flexibly designed to have different operating wavelengths, spectral bandwidths, and devices lengths. A particular PC based on an elliptical microfiber demonstrates a bandwidth of ∼ 600 nm around 1550 nm with a device length of ∼ 150 μm.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics

Original Manuscript: August 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2013
Published: February 7, 2014

HaiFeng Xuan, Jun Ma, Wa Jin, and Wei Jin, "Polarization converters in highly birefringent microfibers," Opt. Express 22, 3648-3660 (2014)

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