Patent Number: 7,822,350

Title: Reconstruction and restoration of two polarization components of an optical signal field

Abstract: Digital compensation of the polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) effects experienced by an optical signal in a transmission link is achieved. A digital representation of the optical fields of two orthogonal polarization components of an optical signal, defined by a polarization beam splitter (PBS), is first obtained. The fiber transmission link is treated as a concatenation of multiple virtual PMD segments, each having two specific principle-state-of-polarization (PSP) axes and causing a differential group-delay (DGD) and a phase delay between two signal components that are polarized along the two PSP axes. The best guesses of the parameters of the PMD segments and the relative orientation between the PSP axes of the last PMD segment and the characteristic polarization axes of the PBS are dynamically obtained. The digital representation of at least one generic component of the field of the optical signal is then computed through matrix operations by using the best guesses.

Inventors: Liu; Xiang (Marlboro, NJ)

Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.

International Classification: H04B 10/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00