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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2003
  • pp: 2013–2015

Accurate Jones matrix expansion for all orders of polarization mode dispersion

Fred Heismann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 21, pp. 2013-2015 (2003)

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I present a simple method for extracting the dispersive elements from a general unitary Jones matrix in such a way that the parts comprising the phase delays and higher-order dispersion in the two principal states of polarization are separated from those describing the frequency-dependent coupling between them. I then rigorously expand these two parts into power series in relative optical frequency, wherein the coefficients are explicit functions of the polarization mode dispersion vectors of various orders. This accurate expansion of the Jones matrix reveals in particular the amplitudes and phases of the cross-coupled components of the principal states of polarization, which are incorrectly described in most polarization mode dispersion models.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Fred Heismann, "Accurate Jones matrix expansion for all orders of polarization mode dispersion," Opt. Lett. 28, 2013-2015 (2003)

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