Eigenstate of polarization in a fiber ring resonator and its effect in an optical passive ring-resonator gyro

Katsumi Iwatsuki, Kazuo Hotate, Minoru Higashiguchi

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Abstract

Resonance characteristics of an optical fiber ring resonator are derived taking the effect of birefringence into account. We introduce the concept of the eigenstate of polarization to discuss the resonance characteristics resulting from the polarization fluctuation. Using this concept, the polarization problem in an optical passive ring-resonator gyro (OPRG) is discussed to reveal that this causes gyro drift. A way to reduce the drift is to use not polarizers but two polarization controllers. The precision required for polarization control is estimated; it is found difficult to do in practice. We discuss another configuration to solve the polarization problem in an OPRG without polarization controllers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2606-2612
Number of pages7
JournalApplied optics
Volume25
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1986 Aug
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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