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Time Domain Volterra-Based Digital Backpropagation for Coherent Optical Systems

Guiomar, F. P. ; Amado, S. B. ; Martins, C. M. ; Pinto, A. N.

Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol. 33, Nº 15, pp. 3170 - 3181, August, 2015.

ISSN (print): 0733-8724
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Journal Impact Factor: 2,567 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JLT.2015.2435520

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We propose a novel closed-form time domain (TD) Volterra series nonlinear equalizer (VSNE) for the mitigation of Kerr-related distortions in polarization-multiplexed (PM) coherent optical transmission systems. The proposed TD-VSNE is obtained from inverse Fourier analysis of a frequency domain (FD) VSNE based on a frequency-flat approximation. Employing novel TD approximations, we demonstrate the equivalency between the VSNE algorithms formulated in time and frequency domains. In order to enhance the computational efficiency, we insert a power weighting time window in the TD-VSNE, yielding the weighted VSNE (W-VSNE) algorithm. We demonstrate that the convergence of the W-VSNE to its maximum performance is much faster than that of the TD-VSNE, thus requiring fewer parallel filters. Through numerical simulation of a 224 Gb/s PM- 16QAM optical channel, we compare the performance/complexity tradeoff of the W-VSNE with the well known split-step Fourier method (SSFM) and with the computationally optimized weighted SSFM (W-SSFM). Enabled by the use of fewer iterations and only 2 parallel W-VSNE filters, we demonstrate a reduction of up to 45% on computational effort and 70% on latency, in comparison with the W-SSFM.