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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 16 — Aug. 13, 2004
  • pp: 1855–1857

Single-polarization fiber with a high extinction ratio

Daniel A. Nolan, George E. Berkey, Ming-Jun Li, Xin Chen, William A. Wood, and Luis A. Zenteno  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 16, pp. 1855-1857 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.001855


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Abstract

An elliptical-core hole assisted single-polarization fiber was designed, fabricated, and characterized. Numerical modeling based on the vectorial Maxwell equation reveals the dependence of the single-polarization bandwidth on core delta and air-hole size. Several single-polarization fibers based on this design with their single-polarization operating windows centered between 0.9 and 1.5µm were successfully demonstrated. A correlation between fiber birefringence and single-polarization operating bandwidth is qualitatively confirmed. A single-polarization bandwidth as high as 55 nm was observed. These fibers also show very high extinction ratios of 60 dB or higher at lengths much shorter than 1 m. Other properties such as the dependence on length of the single-polarization operating window were also measured.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode

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Daniel A. Nolan, George E. Berkey, Ming-Jun Li, Xin Chen, William A. Wood, and Luis A. Zenteno, "Single-polarization fiber with a high extinction ratio," Opt. Lett. 29, 1855-1857 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-16-1855


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