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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1998
  • pp: 534–

Corrections to Fixed Analyzer Measurements of Polarization Mode Dispersion

P. A. Williams and C. M. Wang

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 534- (1998)

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We report computer simulation results of polarization mode dispersion (PMD) measurements using the fixed analyzer technique. We find a new value for the polarization mode coupling factor of 0.805 (a 2% difference with the old value of 0.824). Systematic biases due to sampling density and extrema thresholding are quantified (6-12% for typical measurement conditions), and a simple correction algorithm is presented which removes the effects of these biases within {\pm}1.7%.


P. A. Williams and C. M. Wang, "Corrections to Fixed Analyzer Measurements of Polarization Mode Dispersion," J. Lightwave Technol. 16, 534- (1998)

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