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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2009
  • pp: 4688–4697

Polarization mode dispersion spectrum measurement via high-speed wavelength-parallel polarimetry

Li Xu, Shawn X. Wang, Houxun Miao, and Andrew M. Weiner  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 24, pp. 4688-4697 (2009)

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We report experiments in which wavelength-parallel spectral polarimetry technology is used for measurement of the frequency-dependent polarization mode dispersion (PMD) vector. Experiments have been performed using either a grating spectral disperser, configured to provide 13.6 GHz spectral resolution over a 14 nm optical bandwidth, or a virtually imaged phased array spectral disperser, configured for 1.6 GHz spectral resolution over a 200 GHz band. Our results indicate that the spectral polarimetry data obtained via this approach are of sufficient quality to permit accurate extraction of the PMD spectrum. The wavelength-parallel spectral polarimetry approach allows data acquisition within a few milliseconds.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 24, 2009
Published: August 11, 2009

Li Xu, Shawn X. Wang, Houxun Miao, and Andrew M. Weiner, "Polarization mode dispersion spectrum measurement via high-speed wavelength-parallel polarimetry," Appl. Opt. 48, 4688-4697 (2009)

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