Dependence of polarization-mode dispersion penalties on receiver characteristics

C. H. Kim, H. Kim, P. J. Winzer, R. M. Jopson

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We measured the dependence of polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) penalty on receiver characteristics in an optically preamplified receiver using nonreturn-to-zero (NRZ) and return-to-zero (RZ) optical signals. The PMD-induced penalties were measured as a function of receiver electrical bandwidth at two different conditions: an optimized decision point and a fixed decision point. We also describe the measurement of the input polarization dependence of the PMD-induced penalty using polarization-scrambled signals. The observed penalty depends strongly on decision point and receiver electrical bandwidth in both NRZ and RZ signal formats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1629-1631
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2002


  • Optical receiver
  • Polarization-mode dispersion


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