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Sensitivity of polarization-maintaining fibers to temperature variations
Author(s): Paul B. Ruffin; Chi C. Sung
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Paper Abstract

An experimental study is conducted to investigate temperature effects on the polarization characteristics of three polarization-maintaining (PM) fibers designed to operate in the 1.3 micrometers wavelength region. A conventional single-mode (SM) fiber is used for a comparison. The polarization stability of the test fibers is evaluated as a function of temperature (between -60 degree(s)C and 100 degree(s)C). Significant changes are observed in the extinction ratio at -60 degree(s)C for one of the PM fibers containing a UV-cured buffer coat. It is believed that lateral compressive forces due to the buffer coat shrinking onto a nonuniform glass fiber at low temperature cause microbending and mode coupling. While the test fibers containing the UV-cured buffer coats are in general more sensitive to temperature changes, some fiber designs seem to perform better according to the experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1478, Sensors and Sensor Systems for Guidance and Navigation, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45632
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Paul B. Ruffin, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
Chi C. Sung, Univ. of Alabama/Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1478:
Sensors and Sensor Systems for Guidance and Navigation
Jack F. Wade; Avi Tuchman, Editor(s)

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