Polarization-Mode Dispersion Emulation With Maxwellian Lengths and Importance Sampling

Gino Biondini*, William L. Kath

*Corresponding author for this work

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We describe an efficient polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) emulation method that combines a concatenation of birefringent sections having Maxwellian-distributed lengths with importance sampling. The method generates PMD statistics with accurate tail distributions using relatively few sections and reasonable numbers of samples, and allows the targeting of specific, arbitrarily large, first- and second-order PMD values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-791
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Importance sampling (IS)
  • Monte Carlo (MC) simulation
  • Optical fiber communications
  • Polarization-mode dispersion (PMD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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