Polarization issues in fiber systems

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Polarization issues drive the design of fiber optic communications systems. The polarization properties, polarization dependent loss (PDL), retardance, polarization mode dispersion (PMD), and depolarization of many fiber system components must be controlled to tight specifications. This demand for tight component quality is leading to new generations of improved polarization measurement systems for fiber optics. Because of the complexity of polarization properties and their interaction in fiber systems, Mueller matrix measurements are recommended for those components, such as thin films and polarization controllers, which have combinations of polarization mode dispersion and polarization dependent loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-86
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002


  • Depolarization
  • Fiber optics
  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization dependent loss
  • Retardance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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