Abstract

In this paper, the formula of an optimal compensation vector,which is defined as an input polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) vector of the compensator, for second-order PMD compensation has been derived from the minimization of the root-mean-square (rms) pulse-broadening factor. The derived optimal compensation vector is a linear combination of frequency-averaged PMD vectors and output states of polarization, which shows a similar trend to the previously reported optimal first-order PMD compensation. The rms pulse-broadening factor after optimal second-order PMD compensation has been semianalytically calculated and compared with the previously reported simulation result. They are in good agreement. The formula of the optimal second-order compensation vector derived in this paper provides indispensable information for feedforward second-order PMD compensation.

© 2004 IEEE

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