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Scattering matrix formalism for polarization dependent fiber optic couplers
Author(s): Jan Bechtle; Gert F. Trommer
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Paper Abstract

The scattering matrix formalism, extensively used for the analysis of microwave networks can be easily extended to the optical domain if the optical signal is represented by Jones vectors to account for the different polarizations. The polarization properties of optical components are characterized by Jones matrices which can be easily combined with the scattering matrix formalism. We show in this paper, that the scattering matrices of polarization dependent fiber optic couplers can be calculated by combining their theoretical vector modes with simple measurements. The complete theoretical description of the polarization properties of fiber optic couplers is important for the simulation of interferometric fiber optic sensors, which are very sensitive to polarization and to estimate PDL and PMD in fiber optic communication networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5951, Optical Fibers: Technology, 59510A (23 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.622939
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Jan Bechtle, Univ. of Karlsruhe (Germany)
Gert F. Trommer, Univ. of Karlsruhe (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5951:
Optical Fibers: Technology
Jan Rayss; Brian Culshaw; Anna Grazia Mignani, Editor(s)

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