Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 44, Number 2, November 2008
|Page(s)||155 - 161|
|Section||Laser, Optics, Optoelectronics and Nanophotonics|
|Published online||19 September 2008|
Estimation of polarization mode dispersion and polarization dependent loss in a cascade of optical components
Corning SA, Fontainebleau Research Center, 7 bis avenue de Valvins,
77210 Avon, France
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 25 July 2008
Published online: 19 September 2008
A general vector approach to the polarization mode dispersion (PMD) and polarization dependent loss (PDL) calculation in a cascade of optical components with each component having both PMD and PDL is presented. By using the formalism, the PMD-PDL coupling effect is quantitatively described and its implications are discussed. In particular, it is shown that the presence of PDL in the components is a second-order effect in the PMD of the cascade. As an illustration of the formalism, a statistical estimation of PMD and PDL in a practical optical device is performed. The accuracy and the computational advantage of the vector approach are demonstrated.
PACS: 42.25.Ja – Polarization / 42.81.Gs – Birefringence, polarization / 42.79.Sz – Optical communication systems, multiplexers, and demultiplexers / 42.15.Eq – Optical system design
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