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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1691–1699

A novel scheme for achieving quasi-uniform rate polarization scrambling at 752 krad/s

Leon Yao, Hao Huang, James Chen, Ernie Tan, and Alan Willner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1691-1699 (2012)

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We propose and demonstrate a novel scheme for obtaining quasi-uniform rate polarization scrambling at up to 752 krad/s in fiber optic systems by using cascaded multiple fiber squeezers with each one placed in a certain orientation. Additionally, this polarization scrambler is compatible with both single-polarization and polarization-multiplexing systems. We also show that scrambled SOP with this scheme uniformly covers the whole Poincare Sphere and that the scrambling rates are mostly concentrated towards the high end of the rate distribution histogram. Such a scrambling scheme is advantageous for the deterministic characterization of performances for modern fiber optic transceivers, especially those deploying coherent detection techniques, against rapid polarization variations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: November 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 10, 2011
Published: January 11, 2012

Leon Yao, Hao Huang, James Chen, Ernie Tan, and Alan Willner, "A novel scheme for achieving quasi-uniform rate polarization scrambling at 752 krad/s," Opt. Express 20, 1691-1699 (2012)

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