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  • Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Vol. 24,
  • Issue 11,
  • pp. 4155-4161
  • (2006)

Experimental Determination of System Outage Probability Due to First-Order and Second-Order PMD

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Abstract

In this paper, a polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) tolerance testing procedure for transponders and transmission systems is described. This method exploits programmable PMD sources for testing the first- and second-order joint probability density function to estimate the total PMD network outage. Experimental data show that first-order-only PMD testing is insufficient to quantify the tolerance of a transponder and may falsely underestimate network outage.

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