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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 8 — Apr. 10, 2000
  • pp: 158–167

Measurement of polarization mode dispersion vectors using the polarization-dependent signal delay method

Lynn E. Nelson, Robert M. Jopson, Herwig Kogelnik, and James P. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 6, Issue 8, pp. 158-167 (2000)

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We describe a new time-domain method for determining the vector components of polarization-mode dispersion from measurements of the mean signal delays for four polarization launches. Using sinusoidal amplitude modulation and sensitive phase detection, we demonstrate that the PMD vector components measured with the new method agree with results obtained from the more traditional Müller Matrix Method.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: January 31, 2000
Published: April 10, 2000

Lynn Nelson, Robert Jopson, Herwig Kogelnik, and James Gordon, "Measurement of polarization mode dispersion vectors using the polarization-dependent signal delay method," Opt. Express 6, 158-167 (2000)

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