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The Design And Performance Of Fibre Optic Polarizers And Polarization Beamsplitters
Author(s): A N Tobin; T R Hart; P Rainbird; W Johnstone; G Stewart; B Culshaw
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports on the design and performance of all-fibre polarizers and polarization beamsplitters utilizing both standard and high birefringence optical fibres. These devices exploit the polarization selective coupling of an optical field to a surface plasmon polariton in a thin metal film. In the case of the polarizer the power coupled into the plasmon is dissipated whereas in the polarization beamsplitter it is further coupled into a second optical fibre. High quality devices have been manufactured and extinct-ion ratios in excess of 50dB and 40dB have been achieved for polarizers and polarizing beamsplitters respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0988, Components for Fiber Optic Applications III and Coherent Lightwave Communications, (23 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.959739
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A N Tobin, Sifam Limited (United States)
T R Hart, Sifam Limited (United States)
P Rainbird, Sifam Limited (United States)
W Johnstone, University of Strathclyde (United States)
G Stewart, University of Strathclyde (United States)
B Culshaw, University of Strathclyde (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0988:
Components for Fiber Optic Applications III and Coherent Lightwave Communications
Paul M. Kopera; Harish R. Sunak, Editor(s)

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