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Highly polarizing single-mode optical fiber for sensing applications
Author(s): Chih-Hao Wang; Bill Jacobsen; David Bolte; Paula Fournier; Jeffrey Mayfield; Abdel Soufiane
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a highly manufacturable, low-cost, compatible Single-Polarization Fiber (PZF), which offers the widest polarization bandwidth ever reported in commercial fibers, combined with superior polarization extinction ratio and performance consistency. The principle of the design is discussed in this paper and the full spectral attenuation results shown. We demonstrate the exceptional performance of the fiber for different fiber lengths and layouts. Experimental results show that the Single-Polarization fiber of this study exhibits a Polarization Extinction Ratio (PER) greater than 40dB, and a polarizing bandwidth wider than 200nm, measured on fiber lengths as short as four meters. In addition, PZF is designed with a circular mode field, which makes it low-loss and highly compatible with standard single mode fiber systems and devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2009
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7503, 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 75034F (5 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.837038
Show Author Affiliations
Chih-Hao Wang, Verrillon Inc. (United States)
Bill Jacobsen, Verrillon Inc. (United States)
David Bolte, Verrillon Inc. (United States)
Paula Fournier, Verrillon Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey Mayfield, Verrillon Inc. (United States)
Abdel Soufiane, Verrillon Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7503:
20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Julian D. C. Jones, Editor(s)

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