Polarization-maintaining mechanism of a birefringence-reduced plastic optical fiber fabricated using poly(methyl methacrylate/benzyl methacrylate) copolymer

Rei Furukawa, Akihiro Tagaya, Shuichi Iwata, Yasuhiro Koike

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Abstract

In order to propose a multimode polarization-maintaining fiber in a large core diameter, polarization-maintaining graded-index plastic optical fiber (PMGIPOF) was fabricated using a birefringence-reduced copolymer of poly(methyl methacrylate/benzyl methacrylate). Successful reduction of orientational birefringence in the PMGIPOF was verified using polarized optical microscopy. The extinction ratio measured from the PMGIPOF was significantly higher than the value obtained for the step-index (SI) POF (14.3 and 0.5 dB for 1 m, respectively). Photoelastic birefringence in the PMGIPOF was studied using fiber macrobending. Retardation induced by the macrobending was observed in a manner of high regularity in the PMGIPOF, where as the other types of POFs did not show such regularity. Furthermore, the polarization-maintaining property of the PMGIPOF was effective at maximum 10 m propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7946-7952
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume112
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 29
Externally publishedYes

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Plastic optical fibers
plastic fibers
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Birefringence
Polymethyl methacrylates
polymethyl methacrylate
birefringence
copolymers
Copolymers
optical fibers
Polarization
polarization
regularity
Polarization-maintaining fiber
Multimode fibers
fibers
benzyl methacrylate
Optical microscopy
extinction
microscopy

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
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Polarization-maintaining mechanism of a birefringence-reduced plastic optical fiber fabricated using poly(methyl methacrylate/benzyl methacrylate) copolymer. / Furukawa, Rei; Tagaya, Akihiro; Iwata, Shuichi; Koike, Yasuhiro.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 112, No. 21, 29.05.2008, p. 7946-7952.

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