We tackle the theory of linearly birefringent single-mode dielectric fibers in terms of magnetic fields, instead of the usual electric fields. The new approach simplifies the analysis of the minor field component as a function of the radial coordinate. Several previous results are reconfirmed and unified. New closed-form expressions are found for the field in a fiber in which the physical index seen by the minor component matches, in a part of the cross section, the guided-mode equivalent index.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
Carlo G. Someda and Andrea Galtarossa, "Theory of linearly birefringent fibers: an alternative approach," Opt. Lett. 24, 1690-1692 (1999)