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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 6 — Mar. 22, 2004
  • pp: 1109–1118

Compact measurement of low-PMD optical telecommunication fibers

A. H. McCurdy, A. Sengupta, and P. Glodis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 6, pp. 1109-1118 (2004)

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Accurate polarization mode dispersion (PMD) measurements on modern telecommunication fiber involve significant fiber layout and handling problems. These problems severely limit the quality and quantity of data that can be taken. A new method is proposed for measuring PMD using a large diameter collapsible spool with localized external perturbation (LEP). This method allows the necessary repeated measurements, and virtually eliminates environmental effects, which complicate measurements of low-PMD modern fibers. It is shown that the method produces nearly identical PMD results to a more laborious, conventional method.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology

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Original Manuscript: February 9, 2004
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2004
Published: March 22, 2004

A. H. McCurdy, A. Sengupta, and P. Glodis, "Compact measurement of low-PMD optical telecommunication fibers," Opt. Express 12, 1109-1118 (2004)

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