Abstract

A transmission system with adjustable data rate for single-carrier coherent optical transmission is proposed, which enables high-speed transmission close to the Shannon limit. The proposed system is based on probabilistically shaped 64-QAM modulation formats. Adjustable shaping is combined with a fixed-QAM modulation and a fixed forward-error correction code to realize a system with adjustable net data rate that can operate over a large reach range. At the transmitter, an adjustable distribution matcher performs the shaping. At the receiver, an inverse distribution matcher is used. Probabilistic shaping is implemented into a coherent optical transmission system for 64-QAM at 32 Gbaud to realize adjustable operation modes for net data rates ranging from 200 to 300 Gb/s. It is experimentally demonstrated that the optical transmission of probabilistically shaped 64-QAM signals outperforms the transmission reach of regular 16-QAM and regular 64-QAM signals by more than 40% in the transmission reach.

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