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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 455–460

Operator expansions for polarization mode dispersion analysis and compensation

David O. Yevick, Tao Lu, Weihong Huang, and Witold Bardyszewski  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 455-460 (2006)

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We present analytic third- and fourth-order expansions of the Jones matrix as products of exponentials of individual matrices. In our first formalism, these are polarization mode dispersion (PMD) matrices of definite orders. We then discuss an alternative procedure that instead employs exponentials of general skew-Hermitian matrices with a low-order dependence on the deviation of the optical frequency from a central reference frequency. Our expressions correspond to PMD compensators formed from a succession of relatively simple optical components each of which has the frequency response of a single operator in the product.

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OCIS Codes
(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
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 5, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2005

David O. Yevick, Tao Lu, Weihong Huang, and Witold Bardyszewski, "Operator expansions for polarization mode dispersion analysis and compensation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 455-460 (2006)

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