Performance limits in optical communications due to fiber nonlinearity

A.D. Ellis*, M.E. McCarthy, M.A.Z. Al-Khateeb, M. Sorokina, N.J. Doran

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In this paper, we review the historical evolution of predictions of the performance of optical communication systems. We will describe how such predictions were made from the outset of research in laser based optical communications and how they have evolved to their present form, accurately predicting the performance of coherently detected communication systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-503
Number of pages75
JournalAdvances in Optics and Photonics
Issue number3
Early online date6 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2017

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Funding: EPSRC (EP/J017582/1, EP/L000091/1, EP/M005283/1); Royal Society (WM120035); and Wolfson Foundation.


  • optical communications


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