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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2173–2175

Accurate method for measuring the thermal coefficient of group birefringence of polarization-maintaining fibers

Zhenyang Ding, Zhuo Meng, X. Steve Yao, Xiaojun Chen, Tiegen Liu, and Mingliang Qin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 11, pp. 2173-2175 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002173


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Abstract

We present a method to accurately measure the group birefringence variation with temperature in high- birefringence polarization-maintaining (PM) fibers using a distributed polarization analyzer. By analyzing po larization cross-talk peaks purposely induced at both ends of a PM fiber, the temperature coefficient of group birefringence can be accurately obtained. We confirm the theoretical prediction that the group birefringence of PANDA and TIGER PM fibers decrease linearly with temperature from 40 ° C to 80 ° C , and find that the temperature coefficients are 5.93 × 10 7 ° C 1 and 5.29 × 10 7 ° C 1 for two types of PANDA fibers, and 5.36 × 10 7 ° C 1 for a TIGER fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 22, 2011
Published: June 1, 2011

Citation
Zhenyang Ding, Zhuo Meng, X. Steve Yao, Xiaojun Chen, Tiegen Liu, and Mingliang Qin, "Accurate method for measuring the thermal coefficient of group birefringence of polarization-maintaining fibers," Opt. Lett. 36, 2173-2175 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-11-2173


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