In-Line Liquid Crystal Microcell Polarimeters and Waveplates for High Speed Polarization Analysis and Control Conference Paper uri icon


  • 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 m 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.

published proceedings

  • Conference on Optical Fiber Communication, Technical Digest Series

author list (cited authors)

  • Acharya, B., Madsen, C., Baldwin, K., Macharrie, R., Rogers, J., Moeller, L., Huang, C., & Pindak, R.

complete list of authors

  • Acharya, B||Madsen, C||Baldwin, K||Macharrie, R||Rogers, J||Moeller, L||Huang, C||Pindak, R

publication date

  • December 2003