Compensation of intra-channel nonlinear fibre impairments using simplified digital back-propagation algorithm

Danish Rafique, Marco Mussolin, Marco Forzati, Jonas Mårtensson, Mohsan N. Chugtai, Andrew D. Ellis

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We investigate a digital back-propagation simplification method to enable computationally-efficient digital nonlinearity compensation for a coherently-detected 112 Gb/s polarization multiplexed quadrature phase shifted keying transmission over a 1,600 km link (20x80km) with no inline compensation. Through numerical simulation, we report up to 80% reduction in required back-propagation steps to perform nonlinear compensation, in comparison to the standard back-propagation algorithm. This method takes into account the correlation between adjacent symbols at a given instant using a weighted-average approach, and optimization of the position of nonlinear compensator stage to enable practical digital back-propagation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9453-9460
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2011

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