Scalable nonlinear equalization in high-bit-rate optical transmission systems

Rameez Asif, Humayun Shahid, Farzana Arshad, Rashid Saleem

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In this paper, we report on the performance comparison of all-optical signal processing methodologies to compensate fiber transmission impairments, namely chromatic dispersion and nonlinear distortion caused by the Kerr effect, in a coherent 112 Gbit/s dual-polarization 64 bit quadrature amplitude modulation system over 800 km standard single-mode fiber. We numerically compare optical backward propagation (OBP) with optical phase conjugation (OPC) techniques, namely. mid-link spectral inversion, predispersed spectral inversion, and OPC with nonlinearity module. We also evaluate a self-phase-modulation-based optical limiter with an appropriate prechirping to compensate for the intensity fluctuations as a hybrid approach with OBP. The results depict improvement in system performance by a factor of ∼4 dB of signal input power by all-optical signal processing methods, which is comparative with ideal digital backward propagation where the high complexity is the intrinsic impediment in the real-time implementation of the technique with coherent receivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-135
Number of pages6
JournalPhotonics Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Coherent communications
  • Fiber optics
  • Fiber optics communications
  • Networks

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