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Opt Express. 2012 Apr 9;20(8):8397-416. doi: 10.1364/OE.20.008397.

A family of Nyquist pulses for coherent optical communications.

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7, Canada.


A new family of Nyquist pulses for coherent optical single carrier systems is introduced and is shown to increase the nonlinearity tolerance of dual-polarization (DP)-QPSK and DP-16-QAM systems. Numerical investigations for a single-channel 28 Gbaud DP-16-QAM long-haul system without optical dispersion compensation indicate that the proposed pulse can increase the reach distance by 26% and 19%, for roll-off factors of 1 and 2, respectively. In multi-channel transmissions and for a roll-off factor of 1, a reach distance increase of 20% is reported. Experimental results for DP-QPSK and DP-16-QAM systems at 10 Gbaud confirm the superior nonlinearity tolerance of the proposed pulse.

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