Abstract

We have successfully demonstrated a polarization-maintaining (PM) fused silica microfiber by adiabatically tapering a conventional PM fiber. Compared to standard single-mode microfibers, the proposed PM microfibers exhibit robust polarization, preserving characteristics under the presence of external perturbations, such as bending. A polarization-extinction ratio of 16dB is typically obtained through the device with a corresponding excess loss of 0.2dB.

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G. Brambilla, J. Opt. 12, 043001 (2010).
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L. Tong, R. R. Gattass, J. B. Ashcom, S. He, J. Lou, M. Shen, I. Maxwell, and E. Mazur, Nature 426, 816 (2003).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Schematic of an adiabatically tapered PM microfiber, (b) microscope images of the fiber cross section along the taper.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Transmission spectra of the proposed PM microfiber.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Polarization-extinction ratios with respect to input polarizer angle for (a) SMF, (b) PMF, (c) SM microfiber, and (d) PM microfiber.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Polarization mapping onto the Poincaré sphere with respect to some bending conditions for (a) SMF, (b) PMF, (c) SM microfiber, and (d) PM microfiber.

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