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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2012
  • pp: 8015–8023

Optically tunable compensation of nonlinear signal distortion in optical fiber by end-span optical phase conjugation

Mark D. Pelusi and Benjamin J. Eggleton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 7, pp. 8015-8023 (2012)

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We demonstrate a nonlinear signal processing approach for compensating nonlinear distortion caused by the Kerr effect in optical fiber transmission. The concept relies on propagating the signal through a separate all-optical module outside the link to apply tunable nonlinear distortion and phase-conjugation in series. We show this uniquely enables tunable regeneration of phase-encoded 40 Gb/s signals of different data-formats and number of WDM channels, to allow significantly higher transmission powers through single and multi-span fiber links. An improvement in the receiver power penalty by 3~4 dB for a bit-error-rate (BER) of ≈10−5 is achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(190.5040) Nonlinear optics : Phase conjugation
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(250.4745) Optoelectronics : Optical processing devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2012
Published: March 22, 2012

Mark D. Pelusi and Benjamin J. Eggleton, "Optically tunable compensation of nonlinear signal distortion in optical fiber by end-span optical phase conjugation," Opt. Express 20, 8015-8023 (2012)

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