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—Polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) is a serious impairment for high-bit-rate optical telecommunication systems. It is known that spinning the fiber during the drawing process drastically reduces the PMD. However, the analysis of pulse propagation through a randomly birefringent spun fiber is still at an early stage. In this paper, we derive an analytical(More)
Measurements of birefringence correlation length performed on long single-mode telecommunication fibers are reported. The proposed technique relies on the statistical properties of the backscattered-field polarization, which was measured by means of a polarization-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometer. Experimental results are reported that show good(More)
Brillouin scattering from surface phonons was used for determining the dispersion curves of guided acoustic modes propagating along piezoelectric ZnO films. Measurements were performed on films of different thicknesses in the range between 20 and 320 nm, deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on Si and SiO(2) substrates. Brillouin spectra from Rayleigh(More)
The statistical properties of the random birefringence that affects long single-mode fibers are experimentally evaluated by means of a polarization-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry. The measurements are in good agreement with theoretical predictions and show, for what we believe is the first time, that the components of the local birefringence(More)
Spinning is one of the most effective and well-known ways to reduce polarization mode dispersion of optical fibers. In spite of the popularity of spinning, a detailed theory of spin effects is still lacking. We report an analytical expression for the mean differential group delay of a randomly birefringent spun fiber. The result holds for any periodic spin(More)
The dynamics of the fragile glass-forming liquid diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A was studied by depolarized Rayleigh-Brillouin light-scattering and photon correlation spectroscopy above the glass transition, in the temperature range from 261 to 473 K and in the frequency range from 1 Hz to 300 GHz. The structural (alpha-) relaxation process was revealed and(More)
A novel technique, based on polarization-sensitive, frequency-domain reflectometry, for a full noninvasive characterization of spin profile in randomly birefringent spun fibers is presented. Effective measurements of spin profile in a fiber sample a few tens of meters long are reported, but the technique can be straightforwardly scaled to kilometers-long(More)
We present a detailed theoretical analysis of the measurement limits of polarization sensitive reflectometry, imposed by spatial resolution and measurement accuracy. The limits are conveniently represented in a map of constraints. We also describe and experimentally verify a procedure that allows to measure spin profiles of single-mode fibers with spin(More)