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Re: [10GMMF] channel models based on measured DMD

Hi Robert
thanks for your e-mail -  here's my full and frank commentary on your
slides ' validation of using measured DMD from long fibre spools to
characterize the installed base'.

On your slide 2, you correctly summarize my question/comments as being
directed at the inadvisability of using data from very long (5km) fibres
to predict the PIE-D of short (300m) lengths. My primary concern being
that the effects of significant mode mixing/coupling in long fibres.

Your slide set attempts to justify the use of long fibres, but I would
argue that the results you show actually do just the opposite, and in
fact confirm the necessity of making measurements on short fibre lengths
(ie 300m).  Let me try to explain myself.....

Firstly, commenting on your slide 4, temporal resolution requirements
alone do not require long fibre lengths:  photo-detectors with
significantly higher bandwidths than 10GHz are easily available (I'd be
pleased to loan you one if that would help).

Secondly, on slide 6 - your comments are all true, but only for OFL
launches.  LRM does not use OFL launches.

On Slide 7, I agree that the length normalized OFL Bw would apparently
improve with longer fibres as a result of mode mixing.  OFL bandwidths
are (of course) measured with an over filled launch at the input to the
fibre - all modes are excited right from the start; as light propagates
down the fibre, at first little mode scrambling takes place, and the
full range of differential mode delay would be seen; as propagation
continues down the fibre more mode-mixing takes place, the effect of
which is that launched light spends only a fraction of the time in a
particular mode or mode group; for sufficiently long fibres the effect
would manifest itself as a root-length dependence of OFL Bw, which is
nicely shown in your slide 8.  Slide 8 also provides confirmation that
mode mixing effects are significant in fibre lengths >1km.  I do not
agree with your statement that the root length dependence of OFL Bw
shown in slide 8 leads to a conclusion of long fibre lengths giving an
optimistic PIE-D result, because the LRM application doesn't use an over
filled launch.

In contrast, LRM specifies a choice of 2 input  conditions, each of
which excites selective mode-groups (i.e. very different to OFL), and
the choice of which results in the lowest PIE-D.  My heuristic
understanding is LRM deliberately avoids exciting mode-groups which
would result in high DMD / high PIE-D.  In this situation, mode mixing
effects would cause power to be coupled out of the initially selected
'benign' mode-groups into 'worse' mode groups - consequently, the
normalized DMD gets worse with fibre length, and the benefit of the
precise launch definition is lost.  Your slide 8 shows that mode-mixing
effects are significant for fibre lengths>1km (root length dependence of
OFL Bw is maintained down to 1km)- i.e. DMD measurements on fibres
longer than 1km cannot be relevant to LRM.

On Slide 10, 1st bullet: linear scaling down to 300m is not justified
from your data because the mode mixing effects (which you clearly show
to be significant in slides 7 and 8) means you don't have the equivalent
of an OSL mode power distribution for a fibre length >1km - ie you
aren't measuring the DMD of an OSL.
Slide 10, 3rd and 4th bullets: I disagree with your statement that
linear scaling underestimates DMD for the 300m case: you haven't
measured DMD for an OSL, because mode-mixing destroys the OSL launch
MPD; If it didn't, you wouldn't see root length OFL Bw dependence

A comment on your last slide: I believe your fibre measurements to be a
small subset of those used to steer the development of the GEN67 Monte
Carlo model, and a vanishingly small sample of the installed base;  as
such I think it would be wrong to place a greater significance on them
than I would the results of GEN67.

In conclusion, in my opinion the 99% PIE-D figures in balemarthy-1-0105
are actually quite seriously misleading, since they are derived from
measurements on long fibre lengths which actually conceal the benefits
of the precise launch conditions defined in the LRM draft.

best wishes


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Jonathan King
Director, Optical Systems
BigBear Networks
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Sunnyvale, CA 94085

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-stds-802-3-10gmmf@IEEE.ORG
[mailto:owner-stds-802-3-10gmmf@IEEE.ORG] On Behalf Of Lingle, Jr,
Robert (Robert)
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 6:43 AM
Subject: [10GMMF] channel models based on measured DMD


Several questions were raised in Vancouver about possible issues with
measured fiber DMD data to model the installed based as presented in
balemarthy_1_0105.  I had to miss Wednesday in Atlanta, but I also
understand that similar questions were raised during John Abbott's

During the Atlanta meeting, Piers uploaded a presentation addressing
questions raised by Nick Weiner and Jon King in Vancouver on this

I would appreciate comments and feedback on that.


Robert Lingle, Jr, Manager
Fiber Design and Transmission Simulation
OFS R&D, Atlanta, GA