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System outage probability due to the combined effect of PMD and PDL

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3 Author(s)
Ping Lu ; Fiber Opt. Group, Univ. of Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; Liang Chen ; Xiaoyi Bao

The system outage probability induced by polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and polarization dependent loss (PDL) is studied by Monte Carlo simulations using a new waveplate model. The previous waveplate model gives zero PMD and PDL probability densities when PMD and PDL exceed certain values, while our new model does not have such a limitation. It is shown that the system outage probability strongly depends on the interaction of PMD and PDL and the acceptable PMD limit drops significantly with the increase of PDL.

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 10 )