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Soft decoding in optical systems

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3 Author(s)
Bosco, G. ; Dipt. di Elettronica, Politecnico di Torino, Italy ; Montorsi, G. ; Benedetto, S.

We consider the application of concatenated codes with interleaver and iterative decoding to optical communication systems. We show how to obtain the optimum log-likelihood ratio to be provided to the soft decoder in the optical channel environment, and compare the performance of a decoder using it with the one employing a Gaussian approximation of the optical channel. Simulation results refer to practical turbo-product codes, and encompass the effect of quantization on the log-likelihood ratio. The results show that the Gaussian assumption in computing the log-likelihood ratio for the optical channel leads to significant losses.

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Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:51 ,  Issue: 8 )