Abstract

We present an interferometric technique for measurement of the dispersion of birefringence in polarization-maintaining fibers. The approach yields measurements over a broad spectral range from analysis of single interferograms obtained in a tandem inteferometer. The technique is demonstrated to measure first-, second-, and third-order dispersion of the differential propagation constant, corresponding to differential group delay (DGD) and its dispersion to second order; measurements are immune to asymmetry in the interferomgram that is being processed. The technique is further applied to measurement of the temperature dependence of DGD and its first-order dispersion.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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