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Fiber characterization for application in heterodyne laser interferometry with nanometer uncertainty, part I: polarization state measurements
Author(s): Bastiaan A.W.H. Knarren; Suzanne J.A.G. Cosijns; Han Haitjema; Piet H.J. Schellekens
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Paper Abstract

New measurement techniques and methods for characterizing the quality of optical fibers are presented. The fibers are to be used in a single-fiber-fed heterodyne laser interferometer with nanometer uncertainty. The polarization-mixing properties of several different polarization-maintaining fiber types, as well as the effects of fiber lengths on high-precision length measurements, is investigated for the first time. Mixing ratio and polarization orthogonality were measured using three different methods. The measured mixing ratios varied between 1:100 and 1:1650 (intensity). Also the influence of the fiber assembly on the polarization-mixing properties is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 44(2) 025002 doi: 10.1117/1.1839228
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 44, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Bastiaan A.W.H. Knarren, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Suzanne J.A.G. Cosijns, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Han Haitjema, Mitutoyo Research Center Europe (Netherlands)
Piet H.J. Schellekens, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)

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