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Assessing the quality of transmission of lightpaths in multiband C+L networks through Gaussian noise models

Venda, P. ; Rebola, J. ; Cancela, L.

Optical Fiber Technology Vol. 74, Nº 12, pp. 103077 - 103077, December, 2022.

ISSN (print): 1095-9912
ISSN (online): 1068-5200

Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,63 (in 2022)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.yofte.2022.103077

In an optical network scenario, wavelength division-multiplexing (WDM) channels are constantly being added
and dropped, leading to dynamic traffic variations in the lightpaths. In this work, the impact of the network
traffic load and spectral occupancy on the quality of transmission, namely on the normalized nonlinear
interference (NLI) power, power transfer due to stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and optical signal-to-noise
ratio (OSNR) of the lightpaths in a C+L multiband optical network is assessed using the recently proposed
closed-form interchannel SRS Gaussian noise model (ISRS GN-model). We show that, due to the dynamic
traffic behavior, the normalized NLI power can oscillate up to 2 dB in the highest frequency channels due to
NLI variations when the tested channels have unequal spacing along the spectrum. For the optimum channel
launch power and by increasing the network traffic load, the power transfer between the outer channels can
increase up to 5.1 dB due to the SRS effect. With 201 WDM channels, high traffic load and for the optimum
channel power, we obtained a maximum OSNR variation along the channel frequencies of only about 0.7 dB.
A comparison between the OSNR predictions of the closed-form ISRS GN-model and a closed-form Gaussian
noise (GN) model that does not take into account the SRS effect is also performed. In all results obtained, the
maximum difference between the OSNR predictions of GN (without SRS) and ISRS GN models is below 0.7 dB
at optimum OSNR and maximum C+L band occupancy. For channel launch powers higher than the optimum,
the OSNR differences increase up to 3 dB.