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Opt Lett. 2005 Jun 15;30(12):1443-5.

Interchannel nonlinear transmission penalties in polarization-multiplexed 2 x 10 Gbit/s differential phase-shift keying transmission.

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COBRA Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands.


We discuss the performance of a multichannel 2 x 10 Gbit/s polarization-multiplexed differential phase-shift keying transmission system. Through simulations and transmission experiments we find that, despite the constant power envelope of non-return-to-zero phase-shift keying modulation formats, polarization multiplexing strongly reduces the nonlinear tolerance and transmission performance at a 2 x 10 Gbit/s line rate with multichannel transmission. This results in a 10 dB power penalty when comparing single- and nine-channel transmission. Additionally, multichannel impairments in differential phase-shift keying and on-off keying are compared for 2 x 10 Gbit/s polarization-multiplexed transmission.

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