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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6790–6796

Statistics of polarization dependent loss in an installed long-haul WDM system

Lynn E. Nelson, Cristian Antonelli, Antonio Mecozzi, Martin Birk, Peter Magill, Anton Schex, and Lutz Rapp  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6790-6796 (2011)

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We have made continual, multiple-day measurements of the polarization dependent loss of multiple C-band channels in an installed 1800 km terrestrial link. The PDLs of individual channels varied on the time-scale of hours, while the temporal variations of the PDLs of adjacent channels often tracked. The probability densities of the field measurements of PDL were not Maxwellian and instead were truncated, consistent with the limited number of elements in the link having appreciable PDL. A new model for the statistics of PDL in systems with few PDL elements is proposed, where a lower bound of the distribution exists if there is a dominant PDL element. The probability distributions from measurement and theory show good agreement.

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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
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2011
Published: March 24, 2011

Lynn E. Nelson, Cristian Antonelli, Antonio Mecozzi, Martin Birk, Peter Magill, Anton Schex, and Lutz Rapp, "Statistics of polarization dependent loss in an installed long-haul WDM system," Opt. Express 19, 6790-6796 (2011)

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