Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Communications

Simple method for determining the internal rotation of birefringence axes in polarization-maintaining optical fibers

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Junhao Liu

Tianjin Institute of Electronic Materials, Department of Fiber-Optic Technology, 26 Dongting Road, Hexi District, Tianjin 300220, China

Opt. Eng. 54(8), 086101 (Aug 03, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.OE.54.8.086101
History: Received May 5, 2015; Accepted July 1, 2015
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Abstract.  A method was reported to determine the internal rotation of the birefringence axes in polarization-maintaining optical fibers. Four types of fibers from five manufacturers are used to test the applicability of the method, and the results show an approximate uniform unidirectional counterclockwise internal rotation or a right screw with different magnitudes. Our experiment indicated that the repeatability and reproducibility of this method are satisfactory, and the simplicity of measurement and hardware requirements for characterizing the optical fiber for high-precision fiber-optic sensing systems made it easy to realize in ordinary laboratories.

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Junhao Liu
"Simple method for determining the internal rotation of birefringence axes in polarization-maintaining optical fibers", Opt. Eng. 54(8), 086101 (Aug 03, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.54.8.086101


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