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In optical communication systems using fibre amplifiers, polarisation-independent isolators with high isolation are desirable. A simple effective method to realise polarisation-independent optical isolators is proposed. The isolator consists of spatial walk-off polarisers, half-wave plates, and a conventional polarisation-dependent isolator. The measured forward loss of the assembled isolator is 0.38 dB and 0.32 dB at 1.3 and 1.55 mu m wavelengths, respectively. The backward loss is 55.5 dB and 63.5 dB at 1.3 and 1.55 mu m wavelengths, respectively.
Date of Publication: 14 Feb. 1991