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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Andrea Galtarossa and Luca Palmieri, "Theoretical Analysis of Reflectometric Measurements in Optical Fiber Links Affected by Polarization-Dependent Loss," J. Lightwave Technol. 21, 1233- (2003)