Statistical Design of Polarization Mode Dispersion on High-Speed Transmission Systems with Forward Error Correction

Masahito TOMIZAWA  Yoshiaki KISAKA  Takashi ONO  Yutaka MIYAMOTO  Yasuhiko TADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E85-B   No.2   pp.454-462
Publication Date: 2002/02/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on 40 Gbit/s Optical Transmission Technologies)
PMD,  DGD,  FEC,  statistical design,  

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This paper proposes a statistical design approach for Non-Return-to-Zero (NRZ) 40 Gbit/s systems with Forward Error Correction (FEC); the approach considers Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD). We introduce a fluctuating PMD emulator to experimentally clarify FEC performance in PMD-limited systems. By using the proposed design approach, and considering the FEC relaxation effect on PMD, the maximum transmission distance of an NRZ 40 Gbit/s system without PMD compensation is estimated as several hundreds of km depending on the number of cable concatenations per link and the probability threshold of system acceptance.