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  • Vol. 11, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1986
  • pp: 730–732

Path dependence of the geometric rotation of polarization in optical fibers

F. D. M. Haldane  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 11, Issue 11, pp. 730-732 (1986)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.11.000730


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Abstract

The geometric rotation of the polarization angle in a ideal cylindrical optical fiber without birefringence is obtained for arbitrary fiber paths in terms of the image of the path in the tangent vector space. The result extends a recent result of Chiao and Wu [Phys. Rev. Lett. 57, 933 (1986)] restricted to paths with parallel ends, which was derived from Berry’s phase in the adiabatic limit of quantum mechanics [Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. A 392, 45 (1984)]. The treatment given here is purely classical and uses differential geometry to extend earlier work by Ross [Opt. Quantum Electron. 16, 455 (1984)] on the uniform helix.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 5, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 1986
Published: November 1, 1986

Citation
F. D. M. Haldane, "Path dependence of the geometric rotation of polarization in optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 11, 730-732 (1986)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-11-11-730

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