Abstract

In the context of an optical fiber delay-line implementation by use of silica fiber stretching capability, we experimentally demonstrate that highly birefringent fibers preserve their ability to maintain the polarization coherence in spite of the high magnitude of the stresses applied to them during large stretching. Two experimental demonstrations are presented. In the first, polarization cross coupling versus stretching is characterized. This stretching induces a variation of group delay in the span 0–45  cm. The second is a test of the fiber stretcher in an interferometric application.

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1997 (1)

L. M. Simohamed and F. Reynaud, Pure Appl. Opt. 6, 37 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

E. Delaire and F. Reynaud, Electron. Lett. 29, 1718 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1988 (1)

1987 (1)

A. Bertholds and R. Dandliker, J. Lightwave Technol. 5, 895 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1983 (1)

S. C. Rashleigh, J. Lightwave Technol. 1, 312 (1983).
[CrossRef]

1981 (1)

H. T. Shang, Electron. Lett. 17, 603 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Bertholds, A.

A. Bertholds and R. Dandliker, J. Lightwave Technol. 5, 895 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Dandliker, R.

A. Bertholds and R. Dandliker, J. Lightwave Technol. 5, 895 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Delaire, E.

E. Delaire and F. Reynaud, Electron. Lett. 29, 1718 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Faucherre, M.

M. Faucherre, in ESO Conference on High Resolution Imaging by Interferometry (Part II) (European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany, 1991), pp. 1179–1183.

Mertz, L.

L. Mertz, Transformations in Optics (Wiley, New York, 1965).

Ohtsuka, Y.

Rashleigh, S. C.

S. C. Rashleigh, J. Lightwave Technol. 1, 312 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Reynaud, F.

L. M. Simohamed and F. Reynaud, Pure Appl. Opt. 6, 37 (1997).
[CrossRef]

E. Delaire and F. Reynaud, Electron. Lett. 29, 1718 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Shang, H. T.

H. T. Shang, Electron. Lett. 17, 603 (1981).
[CrossRef]

Simohamed, L. M.

L. M. Simohamed and F. Reynaud, Pure Appl. Opt. 6, 37 (1997).
[CrossRef]

L. M. Simohamed, “Lignes à retard métrique utilisant l’ètirement de fibres optiques en silice:?application à l’interférométrie stellaire,” Ph.D. dissertation (Université de Limoges, Limoges, France, 1999).

Tanaka, S.

Electron. Lett. (2)

H. T. Shang, Electron. Lett. 17, 603 (1981).
[CrossRef]

E. Delaire and F. Reynaud, Electron. Lett. 29, 1718 (1993).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (2)

S. C. Rashleigh, J. Lightwave Technol. 1, 312 (1983).
[CrossRef]

A. Bertholds and R. Dandliker, J. Lightwave Technol. 5, 895 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Pure Appl. Opt. (1)

L. M. Simohamed and F. Reynaud, Pure Appl. Opt. 6, 37 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

L. Mertz, Transformations in Optics (Wiley, New York, 1965).

L. M. Simohamed, “Lignes à retard métrique utilisant l’ètirement de fibres optiques en silice:?application à l’interférométrie stellaire,” Ph.D. dissertation (Université de Limoges, Limoges, France, 1999).

Specification of European Space Agency Matra contract GE.781.01C.

M. Faucherre, in ESO Conference on High Resolution Imaging by Interferometry (Part II) (European Southern Observatory, Garching, Germany, 1991), pp. 1179–1183.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup: L’s, lenses.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Interferograms recorded at (a) 0-bar and (b) 4.5-bar pressure versus air path variation (for the standard fiber configuration).

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Fig. 3

Fringe contrast versus applied pressure. HB, highly birefringent.

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Fig. 4

Same as Fig.  2 but for the highly birefringent fiber configuration.

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I=0B0ν1+Cνcosϕνdν,
Cν=2B1νB2ν1/2B1ν+B2ν

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