Prescriptive method for fiber polarization compensation in two bases

Teodor Strömberg (Corresponding author), Peter Schiansky, Philip Walther

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Single-mode optical fibers exhibit a small but non-negligible birefringence that induces random polarization rotations during light propagation. In classical interferometry these rotations give rise to polarization-induced fading of the interferometric visibility, and in fiber-based polarimetric sensors as well as quantum optics experiments, they scramble the information encoded in the polarization state. Correcting these undesired rotations is consequently an important part of many experiments and applications employing optical fibers. In this Lab Note we review an efficient method for fully compensating fiber polarization rotations for general input states. This method was not originally devised by us, but does, to the best of our knowledge, not appear in the literature, and our interactions with the community have indicated that it is not well known.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1822-1827
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103025 Quantum mechanics
  • 103021 Optics


  • Light propagation
  • Optical fibers
  • Polarization mode dispersion
  • Quantum key distribution
  • Quantum wells
  • Single mode fibers

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