Chalcogenide (ChG) glasses are well known as key materials for the fabrication of optical fiber components compatible with optical transmission in the mid-infrared. Recently, single-mode ChG optical fiber couplers (OFCs) have been proposed for broadband coupling as well as for wavelength multi/demultiplexing [1]. From silica fibers, it has been shown that a proper engineering of fused optical fiber couplers can lead to polarization beamsplitting [2]. Here, we explore the polarization properties of single-mode OFCs made out of ChG glass. We show that by an appropriate engineering of their aspect ratio, the polarization dependence of OFCs is adjusted from highly polarization dependent down to polarization independent.

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