Distributed PMD Compensation Experiment Using Polarizers

Hiroyuki TODA  Masaki NARA  Masayuki MATSUMOTO  Daniele ALZETTA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E90-B   No.12   pp.3670-3672
Publication Date: 2007/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e90-b.12.3670
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Fiber-Optic Transmission for Communications
optical fiber communication,  polarization mode dispersion (PMD),  PMD compensation,  polarizers,  polarization control,  

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We experimentally demonstrated polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) compensation by distributing polarizers with only 1 degree of freedom (DOF) along the transmission line. The average power penalty was measured to be 0.4 dB by inserting four compensators, where average differential group delay was 47% of bit period.