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Is polarization mode dispersion a detriment or a benefit?

W Shieh

2006 European Conference on Optical Communications Proceedings, ECOC 2006 | Published : 2006


Polarization-mode-dispersion places a fundamental barrier to conventional single-carrier systems. However, for multi-carrier systems such as coherent optical orthogonal-frequency-division-multiplexed systems, PMD provides a benefit of polarization diversity against polarization-dependent-loss-induced fading and consequently improves the system margin.

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