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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1566–1568

Absolute phase birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fiber or birefringent crystal retrieved from a channeled spectrum

Petr Hlubina and Dalibor Ciprian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1566-1568 (2010)

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We report on a simple method for retrieving the wavelength dependence of the phase birefringence in a polarization-maintaining fiber or a birefringent crystal from a channeled spectrum. The method utilizes interference of polarized modes or waves resolved as the channeled spectrum and its processing by a windowed Fourier transform to reconstruct precisely the phase as a function of wavelength. The ambiguity of the phase is removed provided that we know both the approximative function for the birefringence dispersion and the length of the fiber or the thickness of the crystal. The method is used in measuring the wavelength dependence of the phase birefringence in an elliptical-core fiber or in a quartz crystal in a range from 500 to 900 nm . The dependences are compared with those resulting from the available data, and very good agreement is confirmed.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 30, 2010
Published: May 5, 2010

Petr Hlubina and Dalibor Ciprian, "Absolute phase birefringence dispersion in polarization-maintaining fiber or birefringent crystal retrieved from a channeled spectrum," Opt. Lett. 35, 1566-1568 (2010)

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