Tuneable polarization mode dispersion emulator: Fixed polarization maintaining fibre sections and rotatable polarization orientations

TitleTuneable polarization mode dispersion emulator: Fixed polarization maintaining fibre sections and rotatable polarization orientations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMusara, V, Ireeta, WT, Fosuhene, SK, Wu, L, Leitch, AWR
JournalOptik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics
Volume123
Issue3
Pagination228–234
Date PublishedFebruary 2012
KeywordsPolarization mode dispersion; PMD statistics; Reproducibility; Stability
Abstract

We design a polarization mode dispersion (PMD) emulator capable of adjusting first-order (FO-) and second-order (SO-) PMD statistics, making it capable to mimick differerent fibre links or fibre plants. The emulator can adjust PMD statistics by controlling mode coupling angles between polarization maintaining fibres (PMFs) of fixed length using its seven rotatable electro-optic polarization rotators which act as half waveplates (HWPs). The stability and repeatability of the emulator under a stable laboratory environment makes PMD statistics reproducible. The control mechanism of the emulator is in real-time.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030402611001707
DOI10.1016/j.ijleo.2010.11.035