Abstract

We have measured the Faraday effect in silica standard optical fibers in the wavelength range 458–1523 nm. An effective Verdet constant Vef that exhibits a linear dependence on the square of the optical frequency ν is defined: Vef = (0.142 ± 0.004) × 10−28ν2 rad T−1 m−1. We demonstrate that the negative effects of a small linear birefringence can be minimized by adjustment of the input polarization to an optimum state.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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