Measurement of fiber birefringence by wavelength scanning: effect of dispersion.

  title={Measurement of fiber birefringence by wavelength scanning: effect of dispersion.},
  author={S C Rashleigh},
  journal={Optics letters},
  volume={8 6},
Scanning the wavelength in high-birefringence fibers inherently measures the group delay difference, and not the phase delay difference, between the two polarization modes. Dispersion of the birefringence will result in a 10-20% error in fiber beat lengths interpolated from such measurements, even if only stress birefringence is present. Geometrical dispersion can introduce even larger errors in some fibers. 
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