Varnham, M.P., Payne, D.N. and Love, J.D.
Fundamental limits to the transmission of linearly-polarised light by birefringent optical fibres
Electronics Letters, 20, (1), . (doi:10.1049/el:19840038).
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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.
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