Abstract

A formalism is presented for treatment of the mutual temporal coherence between orthogonal polarization modes in single-mode optical systems, permitting calculation of the effect of propagation through birefringent devices on this coherence. We demonstrate that, allowing for differences similar to the birefringent effects of fiber pigtails, polarization-mode dispersion data measured by use of frequency-scanning techniques are related by the Fourier transform to data measured by use of interferometric techniques.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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