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Degree of polarization degradation due to cross-phase modulation and its impact on polarization-mode dispersion compensators

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6 Author(s)
A. Bononi ; Dipt. di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Univ. degli Studi di Parma, Italy ; A. Vannucci ; A. Orlandini ; E. Corbel
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A novel analytical model is proposed to predict the cross-phase modulation (XPM)-induced depolarization in a two-channel transmission system, in which the Stokes' vector of each channel rotates around a space-invariant pivot by a time-varying angle which depends on the total instantaneous optical power in the fiber, on the angle between pump and probe input Stokes' vectors, and on the walk-off between channels. The model leads to a simple formula of the probe degree of polarization (DOP) which is validated both by simulation and experiment. The model helps identify the key physical factors that determine the XPM-induced performance degradation of DOP-based first-order polarization-mode dispersion compensators, and experiments that quantify such degradation are presented.

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 9 )