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Opt Lett. 2009 Dec 1;34(23):3613-5. doi: 10.1364/OL.34.003613.

Capacity limitations in fiber-optic communication systems as a result of polarization-dependent loss.

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  • 1School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel 69978.


We characterize the effect of polarization dependent loss (PDL) on the information capacity of fiber-optic channels. The reduction in the outage capacity owing to the PDL is quantified as well as the signal-to-noise ratio margin that needs to be allocated for the PDL in order to avoid loss of capacity.

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