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Single-Mode Propagation of Mutual Temporal Coherence: Equivalence of Time and Frequency Measurements of Polarization Mode Dispersion.

Heffner, Brian L.

HPL-94-22

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Abstract: A formalism is presented for treatment of the mutual temporal coherence between orthogonal polarization modes in single-mode optical systems, permitting calculation of the effect of propagation through birefringent devices upon this coherence. We demonstrate that, allowing for differences similar to the birefringent effects of fiber pigtails, polarization mode dispersion data measured using frequency-scanning techniques are related by the Fourier transform to data measured using interferometric techniques.

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