Signal-Noise Interaction in Optical-Fiber Communication Systems Employing Nonlinear Frequency-Division Multiplexing


We address the properties of nonlinear-Fourier-transform (NFT)-based fiber-optic communications systems and, particularly, study how the presence of noise deteriorates the performance of these systems. Similarly to the case of linear Fourier modes evolving independently under the action of chromatic dispersion alone, NFT-based systems employ so-called “nonlinear modes,” forming a nonlinear spectrum, as data carriers, and these nonlinear modes evolve independently in an uncoupled manner under the joint action of nonlinearity and dispersion. However, the influence of amplified-spontaneous-emission (ASE) noise on these nonlinear modes is still relatively poorly studied. In this paper, dealing with a continuous nonlinear spectrum, we scrutinize the properties of the effective noise emerging in the nonlinear Fourier domain. We also show that in the transmission stages, where the signal peak power is relatively high (e.g., at the receiver, in back-to-back transmission, or at short distances), the performance of an NFT system is mostly degraded not by the inline ASE noise, but by the imperfections of the digital sampling and the forward and backward NFT algorithms, i.e., by the NFT processing noise.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: General Physics and Astronomy
Publication ISSN: 2331-7019
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 07:15
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2020 13:55
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Published Date: 2020-05-08
Accepted Date: 2020-02-14
Authors: Pankratova, Maryna (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5974-6160)
Vasylchenkova, Anastasiia (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6997-9427)
Derevyanko, Stanislav
Chichkov, Nikolai B.
Prilepsky, Jaroslaw E. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-3035-4112)



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