We experimentally demonstrate nonlinear noise compensation in optical phase conjugation assisted 1st order Raman amplified 30x30Gbaud DP-QPSK transmission system with a spectral efficiency of 3.6b/s/Hz. We show that by optimizing the link symmetry, even with only 1st order Raman amplification a single, mid-link, optical phase conjugation compensates for 90% off the signal-signal nonlinear interference resulting in a 2.3dB performance enhancement. We show that increasing the number of optical phase conjugation s in the presence of 10% residual nonlinearity results in a reduction in the performance enhancement owing to an enhancement in the nonlinear noise generation efficiency of the system. We achieve a record 72% optical phase conjugation enabled reach enhancement of the 30x30Gbaud DP-QPSK signals.
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Funding: EPSRC (EP/J017582/1 [UNLOC], EP/L000091/1 [PEACE]); and Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (FP7 ITN) (608099 [ICONE]).
- Optical communications
- Phase conjugation
- Nonlinear optics, fibers
- Raman effect
Experimental demonstration of 72% reach enhancement of 3.6Tbps optical transmission system using mid-link Optical Phase Conjugation
Al-Khateeb, M., Tan, M., Iqbal, M., Ali, A., McCarthy, M. E., Harper, P., & Ellis, A. D. (2018). Experimental demonstration of 72% reach enhancement of 3.6Tbps optical transmission system using mid-link Optical Phase Conjugation. Optics Express, 26(18), 23960-23968. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.26.023960