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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1821–1827

Solutions to the dynamical equation of polarization-mode dispersion and polarization-dependent losses

Yi Li and Amnon Yariv  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 11, pp. 1821-1827 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.17.001821


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Abstract

We study the evolution of optical signals in single-mode optical fibers in the presence of polarization-mode dispersion and polarization-dependent losses. Two geometric vectors on the Poincaré sphere are defined to characterize the effects of polarization-mode dispersion and polarization-dependent losses on the optical field in the fiber. By solving the dynamical equation for these two vectors, several general statistical results are obtained. The practically important weak polarization-dependent-loss situation is discussed in detail.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Yi Li and Amnon Yariv, "Solutions to the dynamical equation of polarization-mode dispersion and polarization-dependent losses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 1821-1827 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-17-11-1821

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