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Performance evaluation of optical fiber transmission systems

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1 Author(s)
Nakhla, M.S. ; Dept. of Electron., Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ont., Canada

A method is presented for evaluating of error probability for optical-fiber communication systems in the present of intersymbol interference and additive noise. It is based on deriving a best approximation, in a minimax sense, for the cumulative distribution function of the additive noise. The method takes into account the avalanche photodetector's non-Gaussian shot noise statistics. The additive noise is also not constrained to be Gaussian. Examples are presented for comparison to previously published techniques

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 8 )