Abstract

We analyze polarization mode dispersion (PMD) emulators comprised of a small number of sections of polarization-maintaining fibers with polarization scattering at the beginning of each section. Unlike previously studied devices,these emulators allow the emulation of a whole ensemble of fibers. We derive analytical expressions and determine two main criteria that characterize the quality of PMD emulation. The experimental results are in good agreement with the theoretical predictions.

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N. Gisin, R. Passy, P. Blasco, M. O. Van Deventer, R. Distl, H. Gilgen, B. Perny, R. Keys, E. Krause, C. C. Larsen, K. M rl, J. Pelayo and J. Vobian, "Definition of polarization mode dispersion and first results of the COST 241 round-robin measurements", Pure Appl. Opt., vol. 4, pp. 511-522, 1995.

J. Lightwave Technol. (4)

D. Marcuse, C. R. Menyuk and P. K. A. Wai, "Application of the Manakov-PMD equation to studies of signal propagation in optical fibers with randomly varying birefringence", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 15, pp. 1735-1746, 1997.

P. Ciprut, N. Gisin, R. Passy, J. P. Von der Weid, F. Prieto and C. W. Zimmer, "Second-order polarization mode dispersion: Impact on analog and digital transmissions", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 16, pp. 757-771, May 1998.

C. D. Poole, N. S. Bergano, R. E. Wagner and H. J. Schulte, "Polarization dispersion and principal states in a 147 km undersea lightwave cable", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 7, pp. 1185-1190, Aug. 1989.

G. Poole and D. L. Favin, "Polarization dispersion measurements based on transmission spectra through a polarizer", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 12, pp. 917-929, June 1994.

Opt. Lett. (1)

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