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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3411–3413

Distributed measurement of birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fibers

Feng Tang, Xiang-zhao Wang, Yimo Zhang, and Wencai Jing  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 23, pp. 3411-3413 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.003411


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Abstract

A new method to measure the birefringence dispersion in high-birefringence polarization-maintaining fibers is presented using white-light interferometry. By analyzing broadening of low-coherence interferograms obtained in a scanning Michelson interferometer, the birefringence dispersion and its variation along different fiber sections are acquired with high sensitivity and accuracy. Birefringence dispersions of two PANDA fibers at their operation wavelength are measured to be 0.011 ps ( km nm ) and 0.018 ps ( km nm ) , respectively. Distributed measurement capability of the method is also verified experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: July 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2006
Published: November 9, 2006

Citation
Feng Tang, Xiang-zhao Wang, Yimo Zhang, and Wencai Jing, "Distributed measurement of birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fibers," Opt. Lett. 31, 3411-3413 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-23-3411


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