We examine a series of experimentally realizable procedures for wide-bandwidth polarization mode dispersion compensation based on Taylor and Chebyshev approximations to the transfer matrix for light polarization in optical fibers. Our results demonstrate that a symmetric ordering of compensator elements in the Taylor procedure improves performance and that methods based on the Chebyshev approximation can significantly widen the compensation bandwidth.
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(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
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David Yevick, Mark Chanachowicz, Michael Reimer, Maurice O'Sullivan, Weihong Huang, and Tao Lu, "Chebyshev and Taylor approximations of polarization mode dispersion for improved compensation bandwidth," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1662-1667 (2005)