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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2011
  • pp: 4005–4007

Autocorrelation of the polarization-dependent loss in fiber routes

C. Antonelli, A. Mecozzi, L. E. Nelson, and P. Magill  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 20, pp. 4005-4007 (2011)

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We study the spectral properties of polarization-dependent loss (PDL) in fiber routes with multiple spans and amplifiers. In these systems, PDL stems from a small number of lumped WDM components interconnected by PDL-free fibers, a configuration that is poorly described by the popular model of distributed PDL. We derive transparent and practical analytical expressions for the autocorrelation functions of the PDL vector and of the square PDL magnitude and show that they are strongly affected by the order of the individual PDL elements.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2011
Published: October 6, 2011

C. Antonelli, A. Mecozzi, L. E. Nelson, and P. Magill, "Autocorrelation of the polarization-dependent loss in fiber routes," Opt. Lett. 36, 4005-4007 (2011)

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