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Adaptive 3D Stokes Space Based Polarization Demultiplexing Algorithm

Muga, N. J. ; Pinto, A. N.

Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol. 32, Nº 19, pp. 3290 - 3298, October, 2014.

ISSN (print): 0733-8724
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Journal Impact Factor: 2,567 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JLT.2014.2340732

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We propose a novel polarization demultiplexing technique for complex-modulated signals using the Stokes space polarization representation of the signal samples. Polarization demultiplexing of an endless time-varying SOP signal is achieved through the adaptive estimation of the inverse rotation matrix, without the calculation of a best fitting plane. Simulation results show the effectiveness of the proposed technique, with a high convergence speed, and a good response to time-varying SOP rotations. The performance of the method is assessed through EVM calculations for frequency rotations up to 15~$\mu$rad/symbol, showing a maximum penalty of 1 dB. Moreover, the technique can incorporate an additional stage for PDL compensation without penalties in terms of EVM results and algorithm complexity.