|Title||Tuneable polarization mode dispersion emulator: Fixed polarization maintaining fibre sections and rotatable polarization orientations|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Musara, V, Ireeta, WT, Fosuhene, SK, Wu, L, Leitch, AWR|
|Journal||Optik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics|
|Date Published||February 2012|
|Keywords||Polarization mode dispersion; PMD statistics; Reproducibility; Stability|
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.