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PMD-induced penalty statistics in fiber links

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5 Author(s)
Antonelli, C. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Univ. of L''Aquila, Italy ; Mecozzi, A. ; Cornick, K. ; Brodsky, M.
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We study the statistics of polarization-mode dispersion (PMD)-induced system penalty in optical telecommunication systems. First, we extend the analysis from Maxwellian fiber-to-fiber routes with a finite number of degrees of freedom, or "hinges". Second, we take into account higher order terms in the optical signal-to-noise ratio penalty beyond the standard approximation. Our results show that in systems with few hinges, a smaller margin to PMD will result in the same outage probability.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 5 )