The design, fabrication and performance of a class of high speed nematic liquid crystal (NLC) based microcell waveplates that were formed directly between the tips of optical fibers were presented. A switching speed of one degree per microsecond was demonstrated at moderately low operating voltages. The fabrication of the microcell waveplate was done by micropatterning four ∼0.2 μm thick electrodes directly on the tip of the optical fiber, mounted in a glass fiber ferrule assembly. These waveplate have been implemented for degree of polarization (DOP) and state of polarization (SOP) measurements and for polarization mode dispersion (PMD) compensation in 40 Gb/s transmission systems.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2003|