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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 6 — Mar. 14, 2011
  • pp: 5219–5224

Digital back-propagation for spectrally efficient WDM 112 Gbit/s PM m-ary QAM transmission

Danish Rafique, Jian Zhao, and Andrew D. Ellis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 6, pp. 5219-5224 (2011)

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We report the performance of coherently-detected nine-channel WDM transmission over high dispersion fibers, using polarization multiplexed m-ary quadrature amplitude modulation (m = 4, 16, 64, 256) at 112 Gbit/s. Compensation of fiber nonlinearities via digital back-propagation enables up to 10 dB improvement in maximum transmittable power and ~8 dB Qeff improvement which translates to a nine-fold enhancement in transmission reach for PM-256QAM, where the largest improvements are associated with higher-order modulation formats. We further demonstrate that even under strong nonlinear distortion the transmission reach only reduces by a factor of ~2.5 for a 2 unit increase in capacity (log2m) when full band DBP is employed, in proportion to the required back-to-back OSNR.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 2011
Published: March 4, 2011

Danish Rafique, Jian Zhao, and Andrew D. Ellis, "Digital back-propagation for spectrally efficient WDM 112 Gbit/s PM m-ary QAM transmission," Opt. Express 19, 5219-5224 (2011)

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