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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 1993
  • pp: 2008–2010

Noninvasive polarization eigenmode coupling in elliptical-core optical fiber based on bulk-shear acoustic waves

John F. Sevic and David B. Patterson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 18, Issue 23, pp. 2008-2010 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.18.002008


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Abstract

A novel noninvasive acousto-optic device for polarization coupling and frequency shifting in optical fiber based on bulk-shear acoustic waves is reported. By use of a coupled-mode theory, an expression is obtained to predict the amplitude coupling efficiency. An elliptical-core-fiber polarization modulator is demonstrated at a center acoustic frequency of 75 MHz. An amplitude coupling efficiency of 14.3% and a 3-dB bandwidth of 3.6 MHz were observed, comparing well with the predicted results and also comparing favorably with similar devices based on longitudinal strain waves.

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History
Original Manuscript: April 23, 1993
Published: December 1, 1993

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John F. Sevic and David B. Patterson, "Noninvasive polarization eigenmode coupling in elliptical-core optical fiber based on bulk-shear acoustic waves," Opt. Lett. 18, 2008-2010 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-18-23-2008


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