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International Journal of Optics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 345154, 7 pages
Research Article

Pulse Propagation in Presence of Polarization Mode Dispersion and Chromatic Dispersion in Single Mode Fibers

1Department of Physics, Science College, Thi-Qar University, Nassyria, Thi-Qar, Iraq
2Department of Physics, Science College for Women, Babelon University, Alhila, Babel, Iraq

Received 26 June 2013; Revised 25 September 2013; Accepted 17 October 2013

Academic Editor: Armando Nolasco Pinto

Copyright © 2013 Hassan Abid Yasser and Nizar Salim Shnan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The presence of (first and second orders) polarization mode dispersion (PMD), chromatic dispersion, and initial chirp makes effects on the propagated pulses in single mode fiber. Nowadays, there is not an accurate mathematical formula that describes the pulse shape in the presence of these effects. In this work, a theoretical study is introduced to derive a generalized formula. This formula is exactly approached to mathematical relations used in their special cases. The presence of second-order PMD (SOPMD) will not affect the orthogonality property between the principal states of polarization. The simulation results explain that the interaction of the SOPMD components with the conventional effects (chromatic dispersion and chirp) will cause a broadening/narrowing and shape distortion. This changes depend on the specified values of SOPMD components as well as the present conventional parameters.