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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2002
  • pp: 614–621

Polarization mode dispersion compensator field trial and field fiber characterization

Daniel L. Peterson, Jr., Bryan C. Ward, Kent B. Rochford, Paul J. Leo, and Greg Simer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 14, pp. 614-621 (2002)

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Two high-PMD long distance routes were characterized and used to test an optical polarization mode dispersion compensator (PMDC) under field conditions. For this trial, 110 km routes with mean PMD values of 25 and 26.5 ps were provisioned with commercial WDM transport equipment and tested for several weeks. The route was comprised of three spans of characterized fiber that followed railroad tracks. We show the temporal variation of the output polarization state and the evolution of first- and second-order PMD spectra over 7 days. The deployment of a variable-length PMDC on these links allowed error-free transmission of an OC-192 signal. Splitting the output to receivers with and without PMDC demonstrated specific PMD events that caused errors in the absence of a PMDC.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2002
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2002
Published: July 15, 2002

Daniel Peterson, Bryan Ward, Kent Rochford, Paul Leo, and Greg Simer, "Polarization mode dispersion compensator field trial and field fiber characterization," Opt. Express 10, 614-621 (2002)

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