Polarization decorrelation in single-mode fibers with randomly varying elliptical birefringence is studied. It is found that the effects of ellipticity on the polarization decorrelation length depend on the relative sizes of the beat length and the autocorrelation length of the birefringence fluctuations in the fiber. However, the evolution of the differential group delay remains unaffected by ellipticity.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
T. Wanner, B. S. Marks, C. R. Menyuk, and J. Zweck, "Polarization decorrelation in optical fibers with randomly varying elliptical birefringence," Opt. Lett. 28, 1799-1801 (2003)