Abstract

We propose a standardization procedure that provides a convenient,quantitative and reproducible laboratory-based method for measuring the state of polarization (SOP) fluctuations produced by polarization varying devices. This method is based on the SOP distributions generated by commercial polarization scramblers. We show that these devices generate distributions of the maximum change of the SOP (in a given sample time) that follow Rayleigh statistics,which scale linearly with scrambling frequency and the sample time. We use this procedure to measure the SOP fluctuations in a short length of coiled fiber subject to mechanical perturbations.

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D. S. Waddy, L. Chen and X. Bao, "Theoretical and experimental study of the dynamics of polarization-mode dispersion", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 4, pp. 468-470, Apr. 2002.

D. L. Peterson, B. C. Ward, K. B. Rochford, P. J. Leo and G. R. Simer, "Polarization mode dispersion compensator field trial and field fiber characterization", Opt. Exp., vol. 101, pp. 614-621, 2002.

W. B. Davenport, Probability and Random Processes, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987, p. 127.

J. G. Proakis Davenport, Digital Communications, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000, p. 44.

M. W. Chbat, J.-P Soignb, T. Fuerst, J. T. Anthony, S. Lanne, H. Fevrier, B. M. Desthieux, A. H. Bush and D. Penninckx, "Long term field demonstration of optical PMD compensation on an installed OC-192 link", in OFC/IOOC'99 Tech. Dig., vol. Supp., 1999, pp. PD12/1-PD12/3.

D. A. Watley, K. S. Farley, W. S. Lee, G. Bordogna, B. J. Shaw and A. P. Hadjifotiou, "Field evaluation of an optical PMD compensator using an installed 10 Gbit/s system", presented at the Optical Fiber Commun. Conf. 2000, Paper ThB6-1 -ThB6-3, 2000.

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