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Polarization mode dispersion effects on phase and polarization diversity receivers
Author(s): Thomas G. Pratt; Mary Ann Ingram
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Paper Abstract

The objective of this paper is to examine the combined effects of weak phase noise and polarization mode dispersion (PMD) on a coherent receiver employing phase and polarization diversity reception. The receiver is assumed to be subjected to the following: transmitter and receiver polarization misalignment relative to the principal states of the optical fiber, phase noise, polarization mode dispersion, and shot noise. The receiver outputs are investigated for ASK demodulation using square-law and envelope detection. The results show that for the assumed receiver configuration, square law detection provides an output which is independent of PMD, phase noise, and polarization misalignment. Envelope detection results in a receiver output which is dependent on all of these parameters. Furthermore, when phase noise and PMD are simultaneously present, the resulting probability of bit error is no greater than the probability of bit error under worst-case operating conditions when polarization mode dispersion and phase noise are absent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1787, Multigigabit Fiber Communications, (17 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.139330
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Thomas G. Pratt, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Mary Ann Ingram, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1787:
Multigigabit Fiber Communications
Leonid G. Kazovsky; Karen Liu, Editor(s)

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