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Fundamental limits to the transmission of linearly-polarised light by birefringent optical fibres
M.P.Varnham, D.N.Payne, J.D.Love
Experimental results are presented which show that the fundamental mode in highly birefringent fibres is not plane-polarised, as is normally assumed, but has significant orthogonal field components. These components limit the maximum measurable polarisation intensity extinction ratio to ~40 dB. Implications for polarisation measurements and fibre gyros are outlined.
Electronics Letters (1984) Vol.20(1) pp.55-56
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