The benefit of split nonlinearity compensation for single-channel optical fiber communications

D. Lavery, D.J. Ives, G. Liga, A. Alvarado, S.J. Savory, P. Bayvel

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In this Letter we analyze the benefit of digital compensation of fiber nonlinearity, where the digital signal processing is divided between the transmitter and receiver. The application of the Gaussian noise model indicates that, where there are two or more spans, it is always beneficial to split the nonlinearity compensation. The theory is verified via numerical simulations, investigating transmission of single channel 50 GBd polarization division multiplexed 256-ary quadrature amplitude modulation over 100 km standard single mode fiber spans, using lumped amplification. For this case, the additional increase in mutual information achieved over transmitter- or receiver-side nonlinearity compensation is approximately 1 bit for distances greater than 2000 km. Further, it is shown, theoretically, that the SNR gain for long distances and high bandwidth transmission is 1.5 dB versus transmitter- or receiver-based nonlinearity compensation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1803-1806
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • Coherent optical communications
  • nonlinearity compensation
  • quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM)


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