Capacity of a Nonlinear Optical Channel with Finite Memory

Provided by: Cornell University
Topic: Storage
Format: PDF
The channel capacity of a nonlinear, dispersive fiberoptic link is revisited. To this end, the popular Gaussian Noise (GN) model is extended with a parameter to account for the finite memory of realistic fiber channels. This finite-memory model is harder to analyze mathematically but, in contrast to previous models, it is valid also for non-stationary or heavy-tailed input signals. For uncoded transmission and standard modulation formats, the new model gives the same results as the regular GN model when the memory of the channel is about 10 symbols or more. These results confirm previous results that the GN model is accurate for uncoded transmission.

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