Modelling of polarization mode dispersion in optical communications systems

Mark Shtaif*, Antonio Mecozzi

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The modeling of polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and the properties of this phenomena as a stochastic process were discussed. The use of stochastic calculus for the analysis of PMD and the derivation of the frequency autocorrelation functions of the PMD vector, its modulus and the principal states were also described. A formal treatment of PMD requires some mathematical concepts the first of which is the description of polarizations in Stokes space and their representation on the Poincaré sphere. Those quantities are then related to commonly used parameters such as the bandwidth of the first order PMD approximation, the bandwidth of the principal states and to the accuracy of PMD measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-265
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Optical and Fiber Communications Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004


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