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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1989
  • pp: 523–525

Measurement of polarization-mode dispersion in single-mode fibers with random mode coupling

C. D. Poole  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 10, pp. 523-525 (1989)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.14.000523


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Abstract

A simple frequency-domain technique for measuring polarization-mode dispersion in single-mode fibers with random mode coupling is used to give what is to my knowledge the first direct experimental demonstration of the transition of the dispersion from a linear length dependence to a square-root-of-length dependence. Sensitivity to external perturbations is demonstrated by an order-of-magnitude increase in dispersion when the fiber is removed from a conventional spool and placed on a large-diameter drum. An expression for the length-dependent probability density function that describes the dispersion for highly coherent sources is also presented and confirmed experimentally.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: November 3, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 1989
Published: May 15, 1989

Citation
C. D. Poole, "Measurement of polarization-mode dispersion in single-mode fibers with random mode coupling," Opt. Lett. 14, 523-525 (1989)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-14-10-523

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