SPECIAL SECTION ON POLARIZATION

High-order polarization mode dispersion emulator

[+] Author Affiliations
Russell Chipman, Ravinderkumar Kinnera

JDS Uniphase Corporation, 1865 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, California?95131 E-mail: russell.chipman@us.jdsuniphase.com

Opt. Eng. 41(5), 932-937 (May 01, 2002). doi:10.1117/1.1467932
History: Received June 16, 2001; Revised Nov. 26, 2001; Accepted Dec. 4, 2001; Online April 26, 2002
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A system for generating polarization mode dispersion is developed to reproduce a close approximation to the polarization mode dispersion (PMD) of fiber links in the laboratory. A multistage system of rotating wave plates and combinations of birefringent elements generates a mixture of first-order, second-order, and higher order PMD suitable for testing OC-192 and OC-768 hardware. The PMD emulator can be operated in either static or time-varying modes. In the static mode, first-order PMD is generated with the differential group delay (DGD) continuously adjustable from 0 to 160 ps. In the dynamic mode, time-varying PMD containing first and higher orders is generated with an approximately Maxwellian DGD distribution. The PMD emulator generates PMD variations at adjustable frequencies up to 400 Hz. © 2002 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

© 2002 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

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Russell Chipman and Ravinderkumar Kinnera
"High-order polarization mode dispersion emulator", Opt. Eng. 41(5), 932-937 (May 01, 2002). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1467932


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