Abstract

A simple frequency-domain technique for measuring polarization-mode dispersion in single-mode fibers with random mode coupling is used to give what is to my knowledge the first direct experimental demonstration of the transition of the dispersion from a linear length dependence to a square-root-of-length dependence. Sensitivity to external perturbations is demonstrated by an order-of-magnitude increase in dispersion when the fiber is removed from a conventional spool and placed on a large-diameter drum. An expression for the length-dependent probability density function that describes the dispersion for highly coherent sources is also presented and confirmed experimentally.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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C. D. Poole, "Measurement of polarization-mode dispersion in single-mode fibers with random mode coupling: errata," Opt. Lett. 14, 829-829 (1989)
https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-14-15-829

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