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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11360–11371

Performance evaluation of coherent WDM PS-QPSK (HEXA) accounting for non-linear fiber propagation effects

P. Poggiolini, G. Bosco, A. Carena, V. Curri, and F. Forghieri  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11360-11371 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011360


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Abstract

Coherent-detection (CoD) permits to fully exploit the four-dimensional (4D) signal space consisting of the in-phase and quadrature components of the two fiber polarizations. A well-known and successful format exploiting such 4D space is Polarization-multiplexed QPSK (PM-QPSK). Recently, new signal constellations specifically designed and optimized in 4D space have been proposed, among which polarization-switched QPSK (PS-QPSK), consisting of a 8-point constellation at the vertices of a 4D polychoron called hexadecachoron. We call it HEXA because of its geometrical features and to avoid acronym mix-up with PM-QPSK, as well as with other similar acronyms. In this paper we investigate the performance of HEXA in direct comparison with PM-QPSK, addressing non-linear propagation over realistic links made up of 20 spans of either standard single mode fiber (SSMF) or non-zero dispersion-shifted fiber (NZDSF). We show that HEXA not only confirms its theoretical sensitivity advantage over PM-QPSK in back-to-back, but also shows a greater resilience to non-linear effects, allowing for substantially increased span loss margins. As a consequence, HEXA appears as an interesting option for dual-format transceivers capable to switch on-the-fly between PM-QPSK and HEXA when channel propagation degrades. It also appears as a possible direct competitor of PM-QPSK, especially over NZDSF fiber and uncompensated links.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 28, 2010
Published: May 14, 2010

Citation
P. Poggiolini, G. Bosco, A. Carena, V. Curri, and F. Forghieri, "Performance evaluation of coherent WDM PS-QPSK (HEXA) accounting for non-linear fiber propagation effects," Opt. Express 18, 11360-11371 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11360


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