Analysis of the Polarization-Mode-Dispersion Vector Distribution for the Foschini and Poole's Birefringence Vector Model

Jae-Seung LEE

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E92-B    No.10    pp.3111-3114
Publication Date: 2009/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E92.B.3111
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Optical Fiber for Communications
polarization mode dispersion,  optical fiber communication,  optical fiber theory,  optical polarization,  

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This paper analyzes transient behaviors of the polarization-mode-dispersion (PMD) vector for the Foschini and Poole's birefringence vector model. We find an asymptotic solution of the corresponding Fokker-Planck equation representing the solution as a superposition of angular components characterized by the Legendre polynomials. The distribution tail for the PMD vector magnitude evolves slowly to the Maxwellian owing to the residual couplings between adjacent angular components. Of particular interest, the distribution tail for the PMD vector magnitude lies well below the Maxwellian fit during the transient.