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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: 3613–3615

Capacity limitations in fiber-optic communication systems as a result of polarization-dependent loss

Alon Nafta, Eado Meron, and Mark Shtaif  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 23, pp. 3613-3615 (2009)

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We characterize the effect of polarization dependent loss (PDL) on the information capacity of fiber-optic channels. The reduction in the outage capacity owing to the PDL is quantified as well as the signal-to-noise ratio margin that needs to be allocated for the PDL in order to avoid loss of capacity.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2009
Published: November 18, 2009

Alon Nafta, Eado Meron, and Mark Shtaif, "Capacity limitations in fiber-optic communication systems as a result of polarization-dependent loss," Opt. Lett. 34, 3613-3615 (2009)

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