17 January 2005 Statistical analysis of cascaded PLC-based PMD compensator
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The planar lightwave circuit (PLC) on silicon substrate offers a promising on-chip integrated solution to polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) compensation for long haul high speed communications. A novel cascaded PLC based PMD compensator is proposed in this paper and a detailed statistical analysis of PMD generated by cascaded PLC circuits is presented. Using Gisin and Pellaux's approach the distributions of first-order PMD produced by various multiple-stage PLC circuits were obtained by Monte Carlo simulation with respect to the phase shift introduced by heating elements in the circuits. The generated PMD was compared with a standard Maxwell distribution and that of a 12-stage nonlinear crystal based PMD compensator. It was found that a 3-stage cascaded PLC circuit yields a performance close to that of the crystal-based PMD compensator, while with a significant reduction in packaged size and enhancement in stability.
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Bin Wang, Bin Wang, Lei Wang, Lei Wang, Xingkun Wu, Xingkun Wu, } "Statistical analysis of cascaded PLC-based PMD compensator", Proc. SPIE 5644, Optoelectronic Devices and Integration, (17 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.577519; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.577519

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