Capacity Lower Bounds of the Noncentral Chi-Channel with Applications to Soliton Amplitude Modulation

Nikita A. Shevchenko, Stanislav A. Derevyanko, Jaroslaw E. Prilepsky, Alex Alvarado, Polina Bayvel, Sergei K. Turitsyn

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The channel law for amplitude-modulated solitons transmitted through a nonlinear optical fibre with ideal distributed amplification and a receiver based on the nonlinear Fourier transform is a noncentral chi-distribution with 2n degrees of freedom, where n = 2 and n = 3 correspond to the single- and dual-polarisation cases, respectively. In this paper, we study capacity lower bounds of this channel under an average power constraint in bits per channel use. We develop an asymptotic semi-analytic approximation for a capacity lower bound for arbitrary n and a Rayleigh input distribution. It is shown that this lower bound grows logarithmically with signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), independently of the value of n. Numerical results for other continuous input distributions are also provided. A half-Gaussian input distribution is shown to give larger rates than a Rayleigh input distribution for n = 1; 2; 3. At an SNR of 25 dB, the best lower bounds we developed are approximately 3:68 bit per channel use. The practically relevant case of amplitude shift-keying (ASK) constellations is also numerically analysed. For the same SNR of 25 dB, a 16- ASK constellation yields a rate of approximately 3:45 bit per channel use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2978 - 2993
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Communications
Issue number7
Early online date20 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

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Funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project UNLOC (EP/J017582/1), by the Netherlands Organisation
for Scientific Research (NWO) via the VIDI Grant ICONIC (project
number 15685), and a UCL Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS).


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