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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 10 — May. 11, 2009
  • pp: 7993–8004

PMD and PDL impairments in polarization division multiplexing signals with direct detection

Zinan Wang, Chongjin Xie, and Xiaomin Ren  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 10, pp. 7993-8004 (2009)

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We investigate polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and polarization dependent loss (PDL) impairments in polarization division multiplexing (PDM) signals with optical polarization demultiplexing and direct detection. We find that the time alignment between the bits in the two polarizations has a significant impact on the PMD impairments, and PMD impairments also depend on the bandwidth of PDM signals, whereas PDL impairments have little dependence on the relative time alignment between the two polarizations and the signal bandwidth. We show that with a proper configuration of the polarization demultiplexing, the PDL-induced crosstalk between the two polarizations can be completely eliminated. The combined effects of PMD and PDL are also studied, and we find that, in the presence of concatenated PMD and PDL, the impairment from one effect does not enhance that from the other.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2009
Published: April 29, 2009

Zinan Wang, Chongjin Xie, and Xiaomin Ren, "PMD and PDL impairments in polarization division multiplexing signals with direct detection," Opt. Express 17, 7993-8004 (2009)

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