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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1158–1162

Spectral density matrix description of polarization mode dispersion

Witold Bardyszewski and David Yevick  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 1158-1162 (2005)

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We introduce a power spectral density matrix formalism that incorporates both the pulse shape and the field polarization and can therefore easily describe averages over random fluctuations of the local birefringence vector. We demonstrate that quantities such as the differential time delay, power diffusion, and decoherence effects can be obtained directly from the equations of motion for the power density matrix. This approach can be applied to pulses with arbitrary frequency-dependent polarization and intensity distributions and in particular makes possible the minimization of the eye-opening penalty through the proper choice of the initial pulse profile.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

Original Manuscript: August 25, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2004
Published: June 1, 2005

Witold Bardyszewski and David Yevick, "Spectral density matrix description of polarization mode dispersion," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1158-1162 (2005)

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