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Completely And Partially Polarized Signal Propogation In Single Mode Optical Fibers: Theory And Applications
Author(s): Charles S. Brown
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Paper Abstract

A formalism for treating the effects of arbitrary, but relatively small linear perturbations on the polarization (and related properties) of the two component fundamental guided mode of a single mode optical fiber is presented. The approach is phenomenological in the sense that derived expressions relate to measurable quantities. Hence, the coherency equation of motion (CEM) is derived, integrated, and solved for the general case of arbitrary perturbations. The CEM is transformed to the stokes representation and the corresponding stokes form of the coherency evolution (SCE) or Mueller matrix is solved in closed functional form for several interesting special cases. The formalism was applied to the characterization of Polarization-maintaining fibers (PMF) and the design of PMF birefringent wavelength filters. The formalism has proven to be a powerful tool in calculation and design. In addition, the theory is in excellent agreement with measured data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962887
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Charles S. Brown, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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