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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 13 — Jun. 21, 2010
  • pp: 13908–13914

PMD tolerance of 288 Gbit/s Coherent WDM and transmission over unrepeatered 124 km of field-installed single mode optical fiber

Paola Frascella, Fatima C. Garcia Gunning, Selwan K. Ibrahim, Paul Gunning, and Andrew D. Ellis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 13, pp. 13908-13914 (2010)

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Low-cost, high-capacity optical transmission systems are required for metropolitan area networks. Direct-detected multi-carrier systems are attractive candidates, but polarization mode dispersion (PMD) is one of the major impairments that limits their performance. In this paper, we report the first experimental analysis of the PMD tolerance of a 288Gbit/s NRZ-OOK Coherent Wavelength Division Multiplexing system. The results show that this impairment is determined primarily by the subcarrier baud rate. We confirm the robustness of the system to PMD by demonstrating error-free performance over an unrepeatered 124km field-installed single-mode fiber with a negligible penalty of 0.3dB compared to the back-to-back measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 7, 2010
Published: June 14, 2010

Paola Frascella, Fatima C. Garcia Gunning, Selwan K. Ibrahim, Paul Gunning, and Andrew D. Ellis, "PMD tolerance of 288 Gbit/s Coherent WDM and transmission over unrepeatered 124 km of field-installed single mode optical fiber," Opt. Express 18, 13908-13914 (2010)

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