Design of a 1 Tb/s superchannel coherent receiver

D.S. Millar, R. Maher, D. Lavery, T. Koike-Akino, M. Pajovic, A. Alvarado, M. Paskov, K. Kojima, K. Parsons, B.C. Thomsen, S.J. Savory, P. Bayvel

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We describe the design of a trained and pilot-aided digital coherent receiver, capable of detecting a 1 Tb/s superchannel with a single optical front-end. Algorithms for receiver training are described, which calculate the equalizer coefficients, subchannel SNRs, and centroids of the transmitted constellations. Algorithms for pilot-aided operation are then described in detail, providing pilot-aided constant modulus equalization and joint carrier-phase estimation over several coherent subchannels. We demonstrate the detection of a superchannel with net bit rate in excess of 1 Tb/s with a single coherent receiver. An 11 × 10 GBd DP-64QAM Nyquist superchannel is used, with 1.32 Tb/s gross bit rate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1453-1463
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016


  • Carrier phase estimation
  • coherent detection
  • LDPC
  • superchannel


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