In this paper, optimum detection threshold for minimum bit error rate (BER) due to four-wave mixing is calculated taking the probability distribution of power depletion as binomial and considering nonuniform channel spacing. Nondegenerate four-wave mixing has been assumed for the worst-case analysis. The effects of the number of interfering channels, receiver noise, and input power on the BER in the presence of four-wave mixing are studied. The optimum detection threshold for minimum BER is studied as a function of the number of channels. This optimum threshold significantly deviates from the conventional threshold in the Gaussian distribution approximation as the channel number increases beyond three.
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Original Manuscript: September 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 30, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 2013
Published: March 29, 2013
Santu Sarkar and N. R. Das, "On the Optimum Detection Threshold for Minimum Bit Error Rate due to Four-Wave Mixing in a WDM System," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 5, 370-377 (2013)