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A novel analytical approach to the evaluation of the impact of fiber parametric gain on the bit error rate

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6 Author(s)
Bosco, G. ; Dipt. di Elettronica, Politecnico di Torino, Italy ; Carena, A. ; Curri, V. ; Gaudino, R.
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We present in this paper a novel accurate method to analyze the performance of an optical link where the amplified spontaneous emission noise, enhanced by a fiber nonlinear phenomenon called parametric gain, is the limiting factor. Our method allows us to compute the exact error probability given a generic noise spectral density at the input of a direct detection optical receiver, using arbitrary optical and electrical filters. We compare our results with those predicted using the standard Gaussian technique (based on the Q factor), showing that this approximation may lead to significant errors. Our method is then used to evaluate the impact of parametric gain on a realistic long-haul multiwavelength link operating at 10 Gb/s, showing both the system limitation imposed by this phenomenon and the inaccuracy of the Q factor method

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Communications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 2001

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