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Characterization of highly birefringent optical fibers using interferometric techniques

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3 Author(s)
W. J. Bock ; Lab. d'Optoelectron. Ind., Quebec Univ., Hull, Que., Canada ; W. Urbanczyk ; M. Fontaine

A method is presented for measuring modal birefringence and polarization mode dispersion in highly birefringent fibers. The method employs the principle of white-light interferometry for dispersion measurement, and classical coherent interferometry for birefringence measurement. The key parts of the measuring system are a Wollaston prism made of crystalline quartz used as a shearing type interferometer and a set of quartz delay plates for compensation of retardations up to 1000λ introduced by the tested fibers. The interferometer is combined with a CCD camera and with a processing system allowing for convenient measurement data acquisition and handling

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IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 4 )