Abstract

We demonstrate a universal polarization controller for hollow-core fibers, a simple device consisting of three twisted fiber sections that makes use of the inherent birefringence of the air-core fiber. The device 5% bandwidth at 1550nm is calculated from measured data to be 13nm.

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1997 (1)

H. Storøy and K. Johannessen, Electron. Lett. 33, 800 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1980 (1)

H. C. Lefevre, Electron. Lett. 16, 778 (1980).
[CrossRef]

1979 (2)

Alam, M. S.

Blin, S.

M. J. F. Digonnet,Y. K. Kim, S. Blin, V. Dangui, and G. S. Kino, presented at the 18th Optical Fibers Sensors Conference, Cancun, Mexico, October 23-27, 2006.

Bouwmans, G.

Broeng, J.

Dangui, V.

M. J. F. Digonnet,Y. K. Kim, S. Blin, V. Dangui, and G. S. Kino, presented at the 18th Optical Fibers Sensors Conference, Cancun, Mexico, October 23-27, 2006.

Dhliwayo, J.

J. Dhliwayo, A. Zhang, and R. Nathoo, Opt. Eng. 42, 1896 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Digonnet, M. J. F.

M. J. F. Digonnet,Y. K. Kim, S. Blin, V. Dangui, and G. S. Kino, presented at the 18th Optical Fibers Sensors Conference, Cancun, Mexico, October 23-27, 2006.

Farr, L.

Gisin, N.

Hansen, T.

Jakobsen, C.

Johannessen, K.

H. Storøy and K. Johannessen, Electron. Lett. 33, 800 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, M.

Kim, Y. K.

M. J. F. Digonnet,Y. K. Kim, S. Blin, V. Dangui, and G. S. Kino, presented at the 18th Optical Fibers Sensors Conference, Cancun, Mexico, October 23-27, 2006.

Kino, G. S.

M. J. F. Digonnet,Y. K. Kim, S. Blin, V. Dangui, and G. S. Kino, presented at the 18th Optical Fibers Sensors Conference, Cancun, Mexico, October 23-27, 2006.

Knight, J.

Koshiba, M.

Lefevre, H. C.

H. C. Lefevre, Electron. Lett. 16, 778 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Legré, M.

Luan, F.

Mangan, B.

Nathoo, R.

J. Dhliwayo, A. Zhang, and R. Nathoo, Opt. Eng. 42, 1896 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Russell, P. St. J.

Sabert, H.

Saitoh, K.

Simon, A.

Storøy, H.

H. Storøy and K. Johannessen, Electron. Lett. 33, 800 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Tsao, C.

C. Tsao, Optical Fibre Waveguide Analysis (Oxford U. Press, 1992).

Ulrich, R.

Wegmuller, M.

Zhang, A.

J. Dhliwayo, A. Zhang, and R. Nathoo, Opt. Eng. 42, 1896 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (2)

Electron. Lett. (2)

H. C. Lefevre, Electron. Lett. 16, 778 (1980).
[CrossRef]

H. Storøy and K. Johannessen, Electron. Lett. 33, 800 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (1)

J. Dhliwayo, A. Zhang, and R. Nathoo, Opt. Eng. 42, 1896 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Other (2)

C. Tsao, Optical Fibre Waveguide Analysis (Oxford U. Press, 1992).

M. J. F. Digonnet,Y. K. Kim, S. Blin, V. Dangui, and G. S. Kino, presented at the 18th Optical Fibers Sensors Conference, Cancun, Mexico, October 23-27, 2006.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Configuration of a single full twist applied to a length of fiber to alter the polarization of the signal at the fiber output end.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

A twist-based polarization controller.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Simulation of a three-twist polarization controller (see text).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Evolution of the output SOP on the Poincaré sphere for different twist angles applied to a 20 cm PBF. (a) Experimental data for a linear input polarization, and (b) simulation of experimental data.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Output polarization corresponding to a fixed input polarization as the twist angles are varied.

Equations (2)

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M = ( P Q * Q P * ) , P = cos ( Δ ) i ( δ l 2 ) sin ( Δ ) Δ ,
Q = ( τ + δ c 2 ) sin ( Δ ) Δ , Δ = [ ( δ l 2 ) 2 + ( τ + δ c 2 ) 2 ] 1 2 ,

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