The linear propagation of pulses driven by random polarization-mode dispersion is considered. Analytical expressions are derived for the probability-density functions of the pulse width, timing displacement, and degree of polarization. The study is performed in Stokes space, and frequency correlation between modes is shown to play an important role in it.
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J. Garnier, J. Fatome, and G. Le Meur, "Statistical analysis of pulse propagation driven by polarization-mode dispersion," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1968-1977 (2002)