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.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
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)