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Uniform Polarization Scattering With Fiber-Coil-Based Polarization Controllers

Muga, N. J. ; Pinto, A. N. ; Ferreira, M. ; Rocha, R. F.

IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol. 24, Nº 11, pp. 3932 - 3943, November, 2006.

ISSN (print): 0733-8724
ISSN (online): 0733-8724

Journal Impact Factor: 2,567 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JLT.2006.883642

A detailed study of fiber-coil based polarization controllers is
performed. Firstly, a method to deterministically calculate the
polarization controller configuration in order to transform between
any two states of polarization is presented. In a second stage, the
case in which the configuration angles are randomly changed is
studied. The cases of a single polarization controller and of the
system obtained with the concatenation of several polarization
controllers are analyzed. For both cases a general expression for
the variance of the Stokes parameters is obtained. Using this
expression it is demonstrated that is possible to achieve uniform
polarization scattering using a concatenation of fiber-coil based
polarization controllers. Finally, it is shown that fiber-coil based
polarization controllers can be used to emulate both first and
second order polarization mode dispersion.