Abstract

The theory of reflectometric measurements of polarization-dependent effects in optical fiber links is generalized to the case of links with polarization-dependent losses. The results are a clean generalization of the no-loss case. In particular,a new technique for the reflectometric measurement of the mean polarization-dependent loss is proposed. Furthermore, the possibility of characterizing the local birefringence and the local dichroism of the link is discussed.

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A. Galtarossa and L. Palmieri, "The exact statistics of polarization-dependent loss in fiber optic links", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 15, pp. 57-59, Jan. 2003.

F. Corsi, A. Galtarossa and L. Palmieri, "Analytical treatment of polarization dispersion in single-mode fibers by means of backscattering signal", J. Opt. Soc. Amer. A, vol. 16, pp. 574-583, 1999.

R. C. Jones, "A new calculus for the treatment of optical systems", J. Opt. Soc. Amer., vol. 37, pp. 107-112, 1947.

A. Papoulis, Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984.

B. Huttner, J. Reecht, N. Gisin, R. Passy and J. P. von der Weid, "Local birefringence measurments in single-mode fibers with coherent optical frequency-domain reflectometry", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 10, pp. 1458-1460, Oct. 1998.

A. Mecozzi and M. Shtaif, "The statistics of polarization-dependent loss in optical communication systems", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 14, pp. 313-315, Mar. 2002.

J. P. Gordon and H. Kogelnik, "PMD fundamentals: polarization mode dispersion in optical fibers", Proc. Nat. Academy Science, vol. 97, pp. 4541-4550, 2000.

N. J. Frigo, "A generalized geometrical representation of coupled mode theory", IEEE J. Quantum Electron., vol. 22, pp. 2131-2140, Nov. 1986.

N. Gisin and B. Huttner, "Combined effects of polarization mode dispersion and polarization dependent losses in optical fibers", Opt. Commun., vol. 142, pp. 119-125, 1997.

B. L. Heffner, "Automated measurement of polarization mode dispersion using Jones matrix eigenanalysis", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 4, pp. 1066-1069, Sept. 1992.

C. D. Poole and D. L. Favin, "Polarization-mode dispersion measurement based on transmission spectra through a polarizer", J. Lightwave Tech., vol. 12, pp. 917-929, June 1994.

N. Gisin, "Statistics of polarization dependent losses", Opt. Commun., vol. 114, pp. 399-405, 1995.

A. Eyal and M. Tur, "Measurement of polarization mode dispersion in systems having polarization dependent loss or gain", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 9, pp. 1256-1258, Sept. 1997.

R. M. Craig, S. L. Gilbert and P. D. Hale, "High-resoluion, nonmechanical approach to polarization-dependent transmission measurements", J. Lightwave Technol. , vol. 16, pp. 1285-1294, July 1998.

A. J. Rogers, "Polarization-optical time domain reflectometry: a technique for the measurement of field distributions", Appl. Opt., vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 1060-1074, 1981.

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