Abstract

A ray theory of light backscattering from an optical fiber of arbitrary refractive-index profile in the rainbow region is presented. The backscattered light field is expressed in terms of Airy function and its first derivative, and is uniformly valid throughout the rainbow region. Thus this theory is called the uniform approximation approach. The theory gives results in excellent agreement with those from the wave theory but it has the advantage of providing us with a better understanding of the scattering process and is also less time consuming in computation. Numerical results of backscattered light patterns from five different fibers are given.

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1977

P. L. Chu, C. Saekeang, and Y. M. Chow, "Determinations of refractive index and ellipticity of unclad elliptical optical fibre," Electrn. Lett. 13, 41–42 (1977).

Y. Ohtsuka and Y. Shimizu, "Radial distribution of the refractive index in light focusing rods: determination using interphako microscopy," Appl. Opt. 16, 1050–1053 (1977).

M. J. Saunders and W. B. Gardner, "Nondstructive interferometric measurement of the delta and alpha of clad optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 16, 2369–2371 (1977).

p. L. Chu, "Nondestructive measurement of index profile of an optical fibre preform," Electron. Lett. 13, 736–738 (1977).

1976

1975

1974

1966

M. V. Berry, "Uniform approximation for potential scattering involving a rainbow," Proc. Phys. Soc. 89, 479–490 (1966).

1957

C. Chester, B. Friedmann, and F. Ursell, "An extension of the method of steepest descents," Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 53, 599–611 (1957).

Abramowitz, M.

M. Abramowitz and I. A. Stegun, Handbook of Mathematical Functions, (Dover, New York, 1972).

Berry, M. V.

M. V. Berry, "Uniform approximation for potential scattering involving a rainbow," Proc. Phys. Soc. 89, 479–490 (1966).

Buck, U.

U. Buck, "Inversion of molecular scattering data," Rev. Mod. Phys. 46, 369–389 (1974).

Chester, C.

C. Chester, B. Friedmann, and F. Ursell, "An extension of the method of steepest descents," Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 53, 599–611 (1957).

Chow, Y. M.

P. L. Chu, C. Saekeang, and Y. M. Chow, "Determinations of refractive index and ellipticity of unclad elliptical optical fibre," Electrn. Lett. 13, 41–42 (1977).

Chu, P. L.

P. L. Chu, C. Saekeang, and Y. M. Chow, "Determinations of refractive index and ellipticity of unclad elliptical optical fibre," Electrn. Lett. 13, 41–42 (1977).

p. L. Chu, "Nondestructive measurement of index profile of an optical fibre preform," Electron. Lett. 13, 736–738 (1977).

P. L. Chu, "Determination of diameter of unclad optical fibre," Electron. Lett. 12, 14–16 (1976).

P. L. Chu, "Determination of diameters and refractive indices of step-index optical fibres," ibid., 155–157 (1976).

P. L. Chu, "Application of geometrical optics to scattering of plane electromagnetic waves by graded index optical fibre," Proc. URSI Symposium on Electromagnetic Wave Theory, 144–146 (1977).

Epstein, M.

M. E. Marhic, R. S. Ho, and M. Epstein, "Nondestructive refractive- index profile measurements of clad optical fibers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 26, 574–575 (1975).

Friedmann, B.

C. Chester, B. Friedmann, and F. Ursell, "An extension of the method of steepest descents," Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 53, 599–611 (1957).

Gardner, W. B.

M. J. Saunders and W. B. Gardner, "Nondstructive interferometric measurement of the delta and alpha of clad optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 16, 2369–2371 (1977).

Ho, R. S.

M. E. Marhic, R. S. Ho, and M. Epstein, "Nondestructive refractive- index profile measurements of clad optical fibers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 26, 574–575 (1975).

Holoubek, J.

Hotate, K.

Iga, K.

K. Iga and Y. Kokubun, "Precise measurement of the refractive index profile of optical fibres by nondestructive interference method," IOOC Technical Digest, 403–406 (1977).

Kokubun, Y.

K. Iga and Y. Kokubun, "Precise measurement of the refractive index profile of optical fibres by nondestructive interference method," IOOC Technical Digest, 403–406 (1977).

Kopal, Z.

Z. Kopal, Numerical Analysis, (Chapman and Hall, London, 1957).

Lighthill, M. J.

M. J. Lighthill, Fourier Analysis and Generalised Functions, (Cambridge University, London, 1970).

Lit, J. W. Y.

Marcuse, D.

Marhic, M. E.

M. E. Marhic, R. S. Ho, and M. Epstein, "Nondestructive refractive- index profile measurements of clad optical fibers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 26, 574–575 (1975).

Ohtsuka, Y.

Okoshi, T.

Presby, H. M.

Saekeang, C.

P. L. Chu, C. Saekeang, and Y. M. Chow, "Determinations of refractive index and ellipticity of unclad elliptical optical fibre," Electrn. Lett. 13, 41–42 (1977).

Saunders, M. J.

M. J. Saunders and W. B. Gardner, "Nondstructive interferometric measurement of the delta and alpha of clad optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 16, 2369–2371 (1977).

Shimizu, Y.

Stegun, I. A.

M. Abramowitz and I. A. Stegun, Handbook of Mathematical Functions, (Dover, New York, 1972).

Ursell, F.

C. Chester, B. Friedmann, and F. Ursell, "An extension of the method of steepest descents," Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 53, 599–611 (1957).

van de Hulst, H. C.

H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles, (Wiley, New York, 1957).

Watkins, L. S.

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

M. E. Marhic, R. S. Ho, and M. Epstein, "Nondestructive refractive- index profile measurements of clad optical fibers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 26, 574–575 (1975).

Electrn. Lett.

P. L. Chu, C. Saekeang, and Y. M. Chow, "Determinations of refractive index and ellipticity of unclad elliptical optical fibre," Electrn. Lett. 13, 41–42 (1977).

Electron. Lett.

P. L. Chu, "Determination of diameter of unclad optical fibre," Electron. Lett. 12, 14–16 (1976).

p. L. Chu, "Nondestructive measurement of index profile of an optical fibre preform," Electron. Lett. 13, 736–738 (1977).

J. Opt. Soc. Am.

Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc.

C. Chester, B. Friedmann, and F. Ursell, "An extension of the method of steepest descents," Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 53, 599–611 (1957).

Proc. Phys. Soc.

M. V. Berry, "Uniform approximation for potential scattering involving a rainbow," Proc. Phys. Soc. 89, 479–490 (1966).

Rev. Mod. Phys.

U. Buck, "Inversion of molecular scattering data," Rev. Mod. Phys. 46, 369–389 (1974).

Other

H. C. van de Hulst, Light Scattering by Small Particles, (Wiley, New York, 1957).

P. L. Chu, "Application of geometrical optics to scattering of plane electromagnetic waves by graded index optical fibre," Proc. URSI Symposium on Electromagnetic Wave Theory, 144–146 (1977).

P. L. Chu, "Determination of diameters and refractive indices of step-index optical fibres," ibid., 155–157 (1976).

K. Iga and Y. Kokubun, "Precise measurement of the refractive index profile of optical fibres by nondestructive interference method," IOOC Technical Digest, 403–406 (1977).

M. Abramowitz and I. A. Stegun, Handbook of Mathematical Functions, (Dover, New York, 1972).

Z. Kopal, Numerical Analysis, (Chapman and Hall, London, 1957).

M. J. Lighthill, Fourier Analysis and Generalised Functions, (Cambridge University, London, 1970).

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