The effects of bending on randomly birefringent, single-mode optical fibers have been analyzed by means of polarization-sensitive optical frequency domain reflectometry. This distributed, pointwise characterization has been performed on ad hoc drawn spun fibers and on a ribbon cable. Experimental results are in agreement with the theoretical predictions and confirm the effectiveness of reflectometry as a means to characterize polarization properties of optical fibers.
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Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
Original Manuscript: April 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2010
Published: July 15, 2010
Luca Palmieri, Andrea Galtarossa, and Tommy Geisler, "Distributed characterization of bending effects on the birefringence of single-mode optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 35, 2481-2483 (2010)