Adaptive Receiver Structures for Fiber Communication Systems Employing Polarization Division Multiplexing

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Executive Summary

Polarization Division Multiplexing (PDM) is emerging as a promising technique for increasing data rates without increasing symbol rates. However, the distortion effects of the fiber transmission medium poses severe barriers for the implementation of this technological alternative. Especially, due to the fiber induced polarization fluctuation orthogonally transmitted PDM signals are mixed at the receiver input. Therefore, a receiver compensation structure needs to be implemented to recover the original orthogonal transmitted components from their mixtures at the end of the fiber channel. This is in fact the focus of this paper where a receiver algorithm is based on a recently proposed Blind Source Separation (BSS) scheme exploiting magnitude boundedness of digital communication signals.

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