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Polarization Control Instrument offers pre-selected states.

Press Release Summary:

Mar 26, 2013 - Firebird utilizes technique that provides user-programmable state of polarization anywhere on Poincare Sphere. Facilities for user programming are included that enable users to select any state in order to program and switch between pre-selected states. This all-fiber polarization controller ensures max power throughput at selected state and also incorporates built-in method to move plane of output polarization.

Phoenix Photonics Ltd - Surrey, GBR

Original Press Release

Phoenix Photonics Launches Latest Polarization Control Instrument Today at OFC

Press release date: Mar 19, 2013

New Product Complements Popular Firebird Range

Phoenix Photonics, the UK-based optical fiber components specialist, has unveiled a new polarization control instrument as part of its expanding Firebird instrumentation range today at OFC. The exhibition marks the global launch of the new product and can be seen at Booth #1710 from 19 - 21 March, Anaheim Convention Center, CA.

The new polarization controller utilizes a novel technique which provides a user programmable state of polarization anywhere on the Poincare Sphere. The instrument itself is all-fiber, low loss and high extinction ratio. It has pre-selected facilities for user programming and will enable users to select any state, in order to programme and switch between pre-selected states, for example, programme rotating half-wave and quarter wave plates. It ensures maximum power throughput at the selected state and an in-built method to move the plane of output polarization.

The Firebird range, which currently provides precision polarization control products using proprietary fiber technology is part of the company’s widening portfolio of equipment for the global fiber optics market, which already consists of; Fiber Optic Polarizer and Depolarizers, Fiber Optic Differential Group Delay Line and Fiber Polarization Control Instruments.

Dr Ian Giles, CEO of Phoenix Photonics said: “The Firebird range has proved extremely popular since its US launch at OFC last year. We developed the new polarization control instrument in line with customer requirements and the technology we use allows us to offer them world-class quality instruments at a highly competitive price.”

As well as launching the new polarization control instrument globally this week at OFC, Phoenix will be exhibiting a new range of fiber spatial mode control components, including mode converters for Few Moded Fibers and Photonic Lantern technology for SDM (Space Division Multiplexing).

Phoenix primarily provides optical fiber components and modules for telecommunications test and measurement instrumentation and sensing systems. The company also supplies university R&D departments and research establishments developing next generation systems.

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Ian Giles, CEO or Dean Giles, Operations Director at OFC in California from 19 – 21 March, please contact Emma Johnson on +44(0)1636 812152 or by email to

About Phoenix Photonics
Phoenix Photonics is a UK based manufacturer and R&D specialist in components and instrumentation for fiber optic technology and applications worldwide. It works primarily in optical fiber test and measurement instrumentation for the telecommunications and sensing industries. Phoenix also supplies university R&D departments and research establishments looking to develop next generation technologies and solutions.