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PMD measurements in multipath components: the single-waveplate example
Author(s): Normand Cyr; Michel Leclerc; Bernard Ruchet
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Paper Abstract

PMD measurement results and theory of a single waveplate are presented. A commercially available waveplate is meas-ured, using a new instrument that allows one to distinguish the intrinsic PMD of the waveplate material from mixed effects, and to retrieve the relevant parameters through multi-resolution analysis. This illustrates, in the most simple case, a generally unexpected PMD behavior that can be observed in multipath optical components. Emphasis is put on the basic need to carefully choose, or at least specify, the resolution bandwidth of PMD measurements. This proves necessary not only to understand the results, but also to characterize PMD-induced pulse spreading.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4833, Applications of Photonic Technology 5, (17 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.474312
Show Author Affiliations
Normand Cyr, EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering, Inc. (Canada)
Michel Leclerc, EXFO (Canada)
Bernard Ruchet, EXFO (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4833:
Applications of Photonic Technology 5

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