Birefringence compensated cylindrical piezoelectric fibre phase modulator

J. G. Burnett, S. McRoberts, N. R. King, D. G. Luke, R. McBride, A. H. Greenaway, J. D C Jones

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Abstract

A method is demonstrated for compensating birefringence effects in nominally circular-core fibre wound onto piezoelectric cylinders designed for use as phase modulators. Two fibre-wound piezoelectric cylinders are used, with the fast axis of one aligned with the slow axis of the other using a bulk-optic half waveplate. It is shown that, compared with a single element modulator, the compensation achieved is necessary and more than sufficient if used as a phase modulator in a fibre stellar interferometer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-589
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Volume43
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996

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    Burnett, J. G., McRoberts, S., King, N. R., Luke, D. G., McBride, R., Greenaway, A. H., & Jones, J. D. C. (1996). Birefringence compensated cylindrical piezoelectric fibre phase modulator. Journal of Modern Optics, 43(3), 583-589.