Abstract

Using an exact waveguide analysis and measured stress profiles, we show that a delicate interplay between form-induced and stress-induced contributions to polarization mode dispersion in dispersion-shifted fibers can significantly reduce intrinsic short-length polarization mode dispersions. Our observations also indicate that the ovality of fibers is not a true indicator of long-length polarization mode dispersion in production-quality cabled fibers.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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