Difficulties involving dynamic polarization-based impairment measurements using Jones matrices

Christopher J.K. Richardson, Shuo Yen Tseng, Julius Goldhar, Robert J. Runser, Linden B. Mercer

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The concurrent realization of multiple polarization-based link impairments such as polarization-mode dispersion, polarization-dependent loss, and differential-attenuation slope creates a nontrivial measurement and analysis problem. The difficulties concerning the robustness of raw data, of minimizing drift artifacts experienced during multiple wavelength measurements, and the analysis methods that lead to physical significant interpretations are addressed. Measurements of an in-service wavelength-division-multiplexed metro-area network are presented that explicitly illustrate the limitations when using industry-standard commercial test equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1848-1859
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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