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High-resolution, nonmechanical approach to polarization-dependent transmission measurements

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Author(s)

Rex M. Craig, Sarah L. Gilbert, Paul D. Hale

Abstract

We have implemented an automated, nonmechanical approach to the measurement of polarization dependent loss (and, equivalently, gain). We use a deterministic fixed-states method to .derive Mueller matrix elements from intensity measurements at specific polarization states. Voltage-modulated liquid-crystal variable retarders set the polarization states. Synchronous detection is employed to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the system and thereby allow measurement resolution to better than 0.001 dB. We present polarization-dependent loss measurements from 0.0016 to 0.56 dB at 1550 nm to verify performance.
Citation
Journal of Lightwave Technology
Volume
16
Issue
7

Citation

Craig, R. , Gilbert, S. and Hale, P. (1998), High-resolution, nonmechanical approach to polarization-dependent transmission measurements, Journal of Lightwave Technology, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=26633 (Accessed June 18, 2024)

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Created July 1, 1998, Updated February 17, 2017