Abstract

We derive a more general version of the commonly known quasi-monochromatic Mueller matrix of a linearly birefringent single-mode optical fiber. In the matrix, the complex degree of self-coherence of the illuminating field is replaced by the normalized cross-correlation of a pair of any jointly stationary light disturbances associated with the eigenpolarization modes, where both modulus and phase of the cross correlation are included. This allows one to write polychromatic Mueller–Stokes equations of multisection systems transmitting any uniformly polarized stationary field. A way for handling arbitrary phase birefringence dispersion is also suggested.

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