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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 578–581

Anomalous effective strain-optic constants of nonparaxial optical fiber modes

Valérie Voisin, Christophe Caucheteur, Patrice Mégret, and Jacques Albert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 578-581 (2014)

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We demonstrate that the experimental strain-optic coefficients for strong guided modes are not consistent with the accepted photoelastic theory. It is shown that for modes with significant nonparaxial components, such as modes guided by strong refractive index differences or in waveguides with dimensions that are much larger than the wavelengths used, the photoelastic theory should be modified to include the effect of the longitudinal components of the electromagnetic fields of the modes. Moreover, we highlight that the strain-optics coefficients depend on the state of polarization of the mode and provide a formula to calculate the necessary corrections.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 21, 2013
Published: January 27, 2014

Valérie Voisin, Christophe Caucheteur, Patrice Mégret, and Jacques Albert, "Anomalous effective strain-optic constants of nonparaxial optical fiber modes," Opt. Lett. 39, 578-581 (2014)

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