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Development and calibration of an optical fiber polarimeter
Author(s): Charles S. Brown; Marcus W. Shute Sr.; Diedre D. Williams; F.U. Muhammad
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Paper Abstract

Mueller matrix polarimetry is a powerful technique for the experimental determination of the polarization properties of optical media. However, the technique has only rarely been applied to optical fiber applications. In this paper we describe the development and calibration of an optical fiber polarimeter for the measurement of Mueller matrices of short (approximately 1 meter) samples of single-mode optical fibers (SMF). Since the SMF samples were short, the polarimeter was designed to measure the Mueller matrix elements associated with birefringence only. The Mueller matrices were measured for a straight (no external twist) and externally twisted SMF sample. The technique is shown to offer a straight forward way to identify and characterize the birefringence of SMF with internal and external birefringences.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2265, Polarization Analysis and Measurement II, (14 September 1994);
Show Author Affiliations
Charles S. Brown, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Marcus W. Shute Sr., AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Diedre D. Williams, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
F.U. Muhammad, Morehouse College (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2265:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement II
Dennis H. Goldstein; David B. Chenault, Editor(s)

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