Spinning a fiber is the most viable and used technique to reduce polarization mode dispersion (PMD). Many papers have shown that by properly tuning the spin parameters, the differential group delay (DGD) of spun fibers can be greatly reduced. However, the precision with which these optimal profiles are practically implemented may be a problem. In this paper, we perform a statistical analysis of the effects that spin inaccuracy may have on fiber PMD, quantifying how the random uncertainty on spin parameters impairs the DGD. Some preliminary experimental results about spin-induced PMD reduction are also reported.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Manuscript received March 14, 2005; revised July 4, 2005. This research was supported in part by the Governments of the Italian Republic and of the Republic of Korea, in the framework of the Project of Particular Relevance “New Generation Fiber Optics and All-Fiber Devices” (2004–2006).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics