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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jun. 18, 2012
  • pp: 14406–14418

Influence of PMD on fiber nonlinearity compensation using digital back propagation

Guanjun Gao, Xi Chen, and William Shieh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 14406-14418 (2012)

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With ideal nonlinearity compensation using digital back propagation (DBP), the transmission performance of an optical fiber channel has been considered to be limited by nondeterministic nonlinear signal-ASE interaction. In this paper, we conduct theoretical and numerical study on nonlinearity compensation using DBP in the presence of polarization-mode dispersion (PMD). Analytical expressions of transmission performance with DBP are derived and substantiated by numerical simulations for polarization-division-multiplexed systems under the influence of PMD effects. We find that nondeterministic distributed PMD impairs the effectiveness of DBP-based nonlinearity compensation much more than nonlinear signal-ASE interaction, and is therefore the fundamental limitation to single-mode fiber channel capacity.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2012
Published: June 13, 2012

Guanjun Gao, Xi Chen, and William Shieh, "Influence of PMD on fiber nonlinearity compensation using digital back propagation," Opt. Express 20, 14406-14418 (2012)

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