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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 882–884

Observation of elliptical polarization rotation in a long twisted fiber

Takuo Tanemura and Kazuro Kikuchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 882-884 (2006)

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The intensity-dependent polarization rotation caused by the self-induced nonlinear birefringence in a long twisted fiber is studied numerically and experimentally. By using a 1 km length of twisted fiber, we show that the effect of ellipse rotation accumulates monotonically as if the fiber were perfectly isotropic. Such behavior cannot be observed in a typical nontwisted fiber with randomly varying birefringence and is a unique feature of the twisted fiber, in which the large circular birefringence plays an essential role of preserving the handedness of elliptical polarization. We demonstrate a novel Faraday-mirror configuration to ensure automatic polarization alignment, which is directly applicable to achieving a simple and stable intensity discriminator.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 7, 2005

Takuo Tanemura and Kazuro Kikuchi, "Observation of elliptical polarization rotation in a long twisted fiber," Opt. Lett. 31, 882-884 (2006)

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