The scaling properties of polarization mode dispersion (PMD) in spun fibers are studied. Simple equations have been obtained to describe the scaling properties of spun fibers as a function of intrinsic fiber birefringence, spin parameters, and mode-coupling length under both optimal and nonoptimal spin conditions. In particular, a counterintuitive result is found for fibers with perfect spin optimization, in which case the fiber PMD increases as the mode-coupling length is shortened. The results are verified with direct numerical modeling.
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Xin Chen, Ming-Jun Li, and D. A. Nolan, "Scaling properties of polarization mode dispersion of spun fibers in the presence of random mode coupling," Opt. Lett. 27, 1595-1597 (2002)