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Mitigation of Fiber Nonlinearity Using a Digital Coherent Receiver

Millar, DS; Makovejs, S; Behrens, C; Hellerbrand, S; Killey, RI; Bayvel, P; Savory, SJ; (2010) Mitigation of Fiber Nonlinearity Using a Digital Coherent Receiver. IEEE J SEL TOP QUANT , 16 (5) 1217 - 1226. 10.1109/JSTQE.2010.2047247.

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Coherent detection with receiver-based DSP has recently enabled the mitigation of fiber nonlinear effects. We investigate the performance benefits available from the backpropagation algorithm for polarization division multiplexed quadrature amplitude phase-shift keying (PDM-QPSK) and 16-state quadrature amplitude modulation (PDM-QAM16). The performance of the receiver using a digital backpropagation algorithm with varying nonlinear step size is characterized to determine an upper bound on the suppression of intrachannel nonlinearities in a single-channel system. The results show that for the system under investigation PDM-QPSK and PDM-QAM16 have maximum step sizes for optimal performance of 160 and 80 km, respectively. Whilst the optimal launch power is increased by 2 and 2.5 dB for PDM-QPSK and PDM-QAM16, respectively, the Q-factor is correspondingly increased by 1.6 and 1 dB, highlighting the importance of studying nonlinear compensation for higher level modulation formats.

Type: Article
Title: Mitigation of Fiber Nonlinearity Using a Digital Coherent Receiver
DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2010.2047247
Keywords: Coherent detection, digital backpropagation, nonlinearity compensation, quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), TRANSMISSION, COMPENSATION, DISPERSION, 16-QAM
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/402321
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