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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2006
  • pp: 571–573

Synchronization of optical polarization conversion and scattering in chiral fibers

Victor I. Kopp, Victor M. Churikov, and Azriel Z. Genack  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 571-573 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000571


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Abstract

We demonstrate that polarization transformation and scattering in adiabatically twisted single-mode birefringent optical fibers is synchronized so that light in one evolving elliptically polarized mode is freely transmitted while orthogonally polarized light is scattered out of the fiber. Thus, linearly polarized radiation initially oriented along the fast axis of the untwisted fiber is transformed to circularly polarized light with the same sense of rotation as the twisted fiber and is scattered out of the fiber. When the fiber twist is first accelerated and then decelerated, the fiber becomes a broadband, low-insertion-loss, linear polarizer.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: September 20, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2005

Citation
Victor I. Kopp, Victor M. Churikov, and Azriel Z. Genack, "Synchronization of optical polarization conversion and scattering in chiral fibers," Opt. Lett. 31, 571-573 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-5-571


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