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Polarization Fade Free Michelson Interferometer Using Ordinary Non-Birefringent Optical Fiber
Author(s): Keith H. Wanser
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Paper Abstract

A new method for polarization stabilization and prevention of polarization fade in fiber optic Michelson interferometers is presented. In contrast to previous techniques, the method is totally passive, does not utilize phase conjugation or other nonlinear optical effects, and requires no adjustments after initial setup. In addition, the method works independent of the amount and type of fiber and coupler birefringence, so that low-cost, ordinary optical fiber and couplers can be employed in this type of interferometer. This method also leads to a new kind of nonreciprocal effect sensor. The principles and theory of the effect are presented, as well as a particular stabilization scheme being implemented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0891, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems, (29 June 1988);
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Keith H. Wanser, SCS South Coast Spectrum (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0891:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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