Compensation for extreme outages caused by polarization mode dispersion and amplifier noise

Vladimir Chernyak, Michael Chertkov, Igor Kolokolov, Vladimir Lebedev

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Abstract

Fluctuations of Bit-Error-Rate (BER) stimulated by birefringent disorder in an optical fiber system are found to be strong. The effect may not be analyzed in terms of the average BER but rather requires analyzing the Probability Distribution Function (PDF) of BER. We report the emergence of the extremely extended algebraic-like tail of the PDF, corresponding to anomalously large values of BER. We analyze the dependence of the PDF tail, and thus the outage probability, on the first-order PMD compensation scheme. Effectiveness of compensation is illustrated quantitatively using a simple, however, practical example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1607-1612
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Volume11
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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