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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 3 — Jul. 30, 2001
  • pp: 136–140

PMD tolerance of polarization division multiplex transmission using return-to-zero coding

S. Hinz, D. Sandel, F. Wüst, and R. Noé  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 136-140 (2001)

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Polarization division multiplex (PolDM) doubles the data rate in existing trunk lines without need for additional optical bandwidth. In the presence of dispersion compensation, polarization mode dispersion (PMD) limits the achievable transmission length. PMD tolerance of standard binary intensity modulation or non-return-to-zero coding has already been published. Recently, the return-to-zero (RZ) transmission format has become of more interest; therefore we assess the PMD tolerance of PolDM by numerical simulations and a transmission experiment. For a given total data rate per wavelength PolDM supports at least as much differential group delay as standard binary intensity modulation. So, PolDM is an attractive multilevel modulation scheme to solve capacity problems with low additional effort.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

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Original Manuscript: July 25, 2001
Published: July 30, 2001

Stephan Hinz, David Sandel, Frank Wuest, and Reinhold Noe, "PMD tolerance of polarization division multiplex transmission using return-to-zero coding," Opt. Express 9, 136-140 (2001)

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