Abstract

Understanding the statistical properties of polarization dispersion in conventional single-mode fiber is important for evaluating the potential effect this type of dispersion may have on ultrahigh bit rate lightwave systems. This point was illustrated recently in a system experiment in which polarization dispersion was shown to cause random fading of the baseband signal similar to multipath fading in radio systems.1 Here we investigate experimentally and through Monte Carlo simulations the probability density functions for first-and second-order polarization dispersion in a randomly birefringent fiber.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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