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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2004
  • pp: 6074–6079

First- and second-order polarization mode dispersion generated by a two-stage emulator

Russell A. Chipman and Ravinderkumar Kinnera  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 33, pp. 6074-6079 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.43.006074


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Abstract

A two-stage polarization mode dispersion (PMD) emulator design consisting of two variable delay lines separated by a rotatable half-wave linear retarder is analyzed and shown to generate an adjustable amount of first- and second-order PMD without any higher orders. This two-stage PMD emulator configuration provides a simple easy-to-breadboard solution for second-order PMD emulators. When compared with PMD emulators based on birefringent crystals, this two-stage emulator is simpler to calibrate.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry

History
Original Manuscript: April 22, 2004
Published: November 20, 2004

Citation
Russell A. Chipman and Ravinderkumar Kinnera, "First- and second-order polarization mode dispersion generated by a two-stage emulator," Appl. Opt. 43, 6074-6079 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-43-33-6074

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