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Recent Progress in Polarization Measurement Techniques

Heffner, Brian L.

HPL-92-72

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Abstract: New optical polarization measurement techniques are touched upon. An accurate, real-time, fiber-based polarimeter is briefly described, along with its impact on measurement techniques. The capabilities of the polarimeter are dramatically augmented by the addition of a simple polarization synthesizer. The synthesizer allows stimulus-response measurement of devices and networks, allowing calculation of Jones matrices and complete characterization of linear, time-invariant networks. This capability, along with automated operation and fiber connectors, can make polarization measurements comparable to microwave measurements in their levels of convenience, flexibility, speed and sophistication of analysis. New techniques are presented for measurements of polarization-dependent loss and polarization mode dispersion.

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