Statistics of polarization-mode dispersion emulators with unequal sections

Brenton R. Stone, Gino Biondini, William L. Kath

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We study two models for the generation of polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) with unequal, fixed-length sections: an isotropic model, in which the orientations of all the sectional PMD vectors are taken to be randomly and uniformly varying across the Poincaré sphere, and a rotator model, in which all sections are taken to be linearly birefringent waveplates randomly rotatable with respect to one another. We describe the implementation of importance sampling for first- and second-order PMD in both models, including a targeting method for first-order PMD. We then use analytical and numerical methods to reconstruct the statistics of first- and second-order PMD for the two models. Our results show that the statistical properties of PMD depend significantly on the specific details of how PMD is generated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-564
Number of pages13
JournalSIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Importance sampling
  • Monte carlo methods
  • Optical fiber communications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics


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