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VOLUME 78 (2003) | ISSUE 4 | PAGE 234
Periodic and quasi-periodic compensation strategies of extreme outages caused by polarization mode dispersion and amplifier noise
Effect of birefringent disorder on the Bit Error Rate (BER) in an optical fiber telecommunication system subject to amplifier noise may lead to extreme outages, related to anomalously large values of BER. We analyze the Probability Distribution Function of BER for various strategies of Polarization Mode Dispersion compensation. A compensation method is proposed that is capable of more efficient extreme outages suppression, which leads to substantial improvement of the fiber system performance.