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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2003
  • pp: 998–1000

Periodic microbending-induced core-to-cladding mode coupling in polarization-maintaining fibers

Chien-Hung Lin, Qun Li, and Henry P. Lee  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 12, pp. 998-1000 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.000998


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Abstract

We investigate codirectional mode coupling induced by periodic microbending in polarization-maintaining (PM) fibers by using both an acoustic flexural wave and a pair of corrugated fixtures. The measured filtering spectra are found to be strongly polarization dependent. In addition, the coupling strength depends on the angle between the birefringence axes and the bending direction. These characteristics can be utilized for a variety of applications, such as fiber polarizers, polarization-dependent-loss compensators, and on-line alignment of birefringence axes for the manufacture of PM fiber couplers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining

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Chien-Hung Lin, Qun Li, and Henry P. Lee, "Periodic microbending-induced core-to-cladding mode coupling in polarization-maintaining fibers," Opt. Lett. 28, 998-1000 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-12-998


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