Slow Axis

The slow axis of a birefringent fiber is the axis in which the index of refraction is higher. In accordance with the relation below, light in this axis moves slower than light in the fast axis.

Slow Axis
c= speed of light in a vacuum

n = index of refraction

vn = velocity of light in medium of refractive indexn


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