We present a novel reflectometric technique for the measurement of orientation and modulus of the linear birefringence vector in single-mode optical fibers. The technique provides information also on circular birefringence, although this component, if present, appears as a rotation of the linear birefringence. A detailed theoretical analysis is reported and validated by experimental results.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
Original Manuscript: June 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2008
Published: October 2, 2008
Andrea Galtarossa, Daniele Grosso, Luca Palmieri, and Luca Schenato, "Reflectometric measurement of birefringence rotation in single-mode optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 33, 2284-2286 (2008)