Optically Compensating the PMD-Induced RF Power Fading for Single-Sideband Subcarrier-Multiplexed Systems

Changyuan Yu, Q. Yu, Z. Pan, A. B. Sahin, A. E. Willner

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We demonstrate a novel technique for optically compensating the PMD-induced RF power fading that occurs in single-sideband (SSB) subcarrier-multiplexed systems. By aligning the polarization states of the optical carrier and the SSB, RF power fading due to all orders of PMD can be completely compensated. The 5% RF power fading tail is improved from 13.5 dB to <1.5 dB, as verified from both experimental measurement (300 samples) and computer simulation (10 000 samples). This technique is independent of the DGD of the optical fiber link and the subcarrier frequency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-343
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Optical fiber communication
  • PMD compensation
  • Polarization mode dispersion (PMD)
  • Subcarrier-multiplexing (SCM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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