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Birefringence measurements of single-mode fibers using the polarization shuttle pulse technique

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2 Author(s)
C. Brown ; AT&T Bell Labs, Norcross, GA, USA ; F. Stone

A novel and practical polarization shuttle pulse (PSP) technique has been developed to measure the intrinsic birefringence in short lengths of nominally circular-core low-birefringence single-mode fibers. By adding a linear polarizer, a Soleil-Babinet compensator, and a linear analyzer to the conventional shuttle-pulse arrangement, the length dependence of the phase delay (and hence the birefringence) can be measured nondestructively. An order-of-magnitude improvement in measurement repeatability over the conventional cut-back method has been achieved.

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 1 )