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Standard Reference Material 2538 for Polarization-Mode Dispersion (Non-Mode-Coupled)

Published

Author(s)

Paul A. Williams, Shelley M. Etzel, Jonathan D. Kofler

Abstract

A temperature-controlled, single-mode-fiber-pigtailed quartz plate has been assembled as an artifact standard for polarization-mode dispersion (non-mode-coupled). The design parameters and performance of this device are discussed. The artifact, Standard Reference Material SRM 2538, provides an environmentally stable value of wavelength-averaged differential group delay (DGD) that is nominally 300 fs. This value is certified for any wavelength span of 50 nm or greater that is contained in the 1250-1650 nm window. A slightly higher accuracy number is also provided for wavelength-averaged DGD over the 1480-1570 nm window. Details of the certifying measurements and associated uncertainties are given.
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 260-145
Report Number
260-145

Keywords

birefringence, DGD, differential group delay, PMD, polarization-mode dispersion, standard reference material

Citation

Williams, P. , Etzel, S. and Kofler, J. (2002), Standard Reference Material 2538 for Polarization-Mode Dispersion (Non-Mode-Coupled), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.260-145, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=24407 (Accessed March 5, 2024)
Created June 30, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021