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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 27306–27318

In-service light path PMD (polarization mode dispersion) monitoring by PMD compensation

X. Steve Yao, Xiaojun Chen, T. J. Xia, Glenn Wellbrock, David Chen, Daniel Peterson, Paul Zhang, Ansel Belisle, Lei Dong, and Tao Yu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 27306-27318 (2010)

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We describe a novel method of measuring PMD (polarization mode dispersion) of an in-service DWDM system by PMD compensation. We successfully demonstrate the method in a 1500-km ultra-long haul DWDM test bed. We further verify the feasibility of the method for in-service light path PMD monitoring in a field trial in a revenue-generating route in Verizon Network, and obtain an accurate PMD value without impacting live network traffic. The discrepancy between the measured and expected PMD values is less than 6% for all cases tested.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(230.2035) Optical devices : Dispersion compensation devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2010
Published: December 10, 2010

X. Steve Yao, Xiaojun Chen, T. J. Xia, Glenn Wellbrock, David Chen, Daniel Peterson, Paul Zhang, Ansel Belisle, Lei Dong, and Tao Yu, "In-service light path PMD (polarization mode dispersion) monitoring by PMD compensation," Opt. Express 18, 27306-27318 (2010)

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