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9.6.3 PMD and Polarization-Dependent Losses

As discussed in Section 3.4, fluctuations in the residual birefringence of optical fibers change the state of polarization (SOP) of all channels in a random fashion and also distort optical pulses because of random changes in the speeds of the orthogonally polarized components of the same pulse (PMD). In a realistic WDM system, one should also consider the effects of polarization-dependent loss (PDL) associated with various optical components (see Section 3.5). Moreover, when optical amplifiers are used periodically for loss compensation, the polarization-dependent gain (PDG) of such amplifiers can also degrade a WDM system. For this reason, considerable attention has been paid to understanding the impact of PMD, PDL, and PDG on the performance of WDM systems [157]-[163].

The main problem from the standpoint of system performance is that fiber birefringence can change with time in a random fashion owing to variations in temperature and stress along the fiber link. As a result, both PMD and PDL can lead to channel outage – a phenomenon in which the BER of a channel increases so much that it is effectively out of use. Such an outage can occur at random times for random durations. The only...


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