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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2008
  • pp: 1078–1080

Phase modulation of an electro-optic polymer cladded polarization-maintaining optic fiber

Liming Wang and Thomas D. Monte  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 10, pp. 1078-1080 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001078


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Abstract

We present, for the first time based on our knowledge, a novel in-fiber optical phase modulator that is inherently broadband, efficient, and polarization-maintaining (PM). The modulator is a 25 mm long section of a D-shaped cladding PM fiber with half of its silica cladding replaced with an electro-optic (EO) silicone gel. A phase modulation of more than π rad has been demonstrated. We describe techniques that enable the long-distance exposure of the fiber core, microfabrication of on-fiber electrodes, a low refractive index EO cladding material for replacing silica fiber cladding, and accurate phase measurement utilizing a Sagnac interferometer.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.2800) Fiber optics and optical communications : Gyroscopes
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 1, 2008
Published: May 12, 2008

Citation
Liming Wang and Thomas D. Monte, "Phase modulation of an electro-optic polymer cladded polarization-maintaining optic fiber," Opt. Lett. 33, 1078-1080 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-10-1078

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