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Characterizing polarization controllers with Mueller matrix polarimetry
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Paper Abstract

A system for characterizing polarization controllers and other fiber components with Mueller matrices is presented. Most polarization controllers, such as lithium niobate modulators or PLZT electro-optical modulators, exhibit a wide range of polarization behaviors at constant drive voltage including elliptical retardance, polarization dependant loss (PDL), and depolarization. Specifying the half wave voltage for such devices describes their desired characteristic, an electrically addressable retardance, but not the undesired characteristics. Devices with complex polarization behaviors require a similarly comprehensive description of their polarization effects. We present example measurements that demonstrate how the Mueller matrix as a function of voltage provides a complete description of the desired retardance and the undesired PDL. Such polarization controller Mueller matrices can be multiplied with Mueller matrices for other photonic components to quantify how component polarizations interact.

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Date Published: 30 July 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4532, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communication, (30 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.436039
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan J. Drewes, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)
Russell A. Chipman, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)
Matthew H. Smith, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4532:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communication
Achyut Kumar Dutta; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Katsunari Okamoto, Editor(s)

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