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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 17372–17378

Study of EDFA and Raman system transmission reach with 256 Gb/s PM-16QAM signals over three optical fibers with 100 km spans

John D. Downie, Jason Hurley, Dragan Pikula, Sergey Ten, and Chris Towery  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 17372-17378 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.017372


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Abstract

We compare the transmission performance of three different optical fibers in separate 256 Gb/s PM-16QAM systems amplified with erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) and distributed Raman amplification. The span length in each system is 100 km. The fibers studied include standard single-mode fiber, single-mode fiber with ultra-low loss, and ultra-low loss fiber with large effective area. We find that the single-mode fiber with ultra-low loss and the large effective area fiber with ultra-low loss afford reach advantages of up to about 31% and 80%, respectively, over standard fiber measured at distances with 3 dB margin over the forward error correction (FEC) threshold. The Raman amplified systems provide about 50% reach length enhancement over the EDFA systems for all three fibers in the experimental set-up. For the best performing fiber with large effective area and ultra-low loss, the absolute reach lengths with 3 dB margin are greater than 1140 km and 1700 km for the for EDFA and Raman systems, respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: May 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 30, 2013
Published: July 12, 2013

Citation
John D. Downie, Jason Hurley, Dragan Pikula, Sergey Ten, and Chris Towery, "Study of EDFA and Raman system transmission reach with 256 Gb/s PM-16QAM signals over three optical fibers with 100 km spans," Opt. Express 21, 17372-17378 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-14-17372


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