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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2532–2541

Measurement and simulation of polarization transients in dispersion compensation modules

George Soliman, Michael Reimer, and David Yevick  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 12, pp. 2532-2541 (2010)

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We examine both theoretically and experimentally rapid polarization transients generated by mechanical impacts on dispersion compensation modules (DCMs). In our experiments, the transient response of the output polarization to sudden mechanical impacts is found to remain constant among successive measurements. That is, the Stokes vector traces the same path over the Poincaré sphere provided that the interval of time between measurements is less than the time associated with the slow thermal drift of the fiber birefringence profile. Experimentally we can measure angular velocities (AVs) of the Stokes vector over the Poincaré sphere exceeding 100 krad s . We demonstrate theoretically with a simple model for the excitation that the patterns of the AV observed in experiments can be reproduced through simulation and that the amplitude of the AV increases with the volume of the fiber affected by the impact. Our model is sufficiently simple to be employed in system simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.2035) Optical devices : Dispersion compensation devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2010
Published: November 1, 2010

George Soliman, Michael Reimer, and David Yevick, "Measurement and simulation of polarization transients in dispersion compensation modules," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 2532-2541 (2010)

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