Abstract

The system performance degradations of inband crosstalk produced by distributed Rayleigh scattering and a single discrete time delayed path have been measured in the same system. Rayleigh scatter crosstalk degrades performance more than equal amounts of discrete crosstalk. By parameterizing the system bit error rate (BER) and received power, we have separated the optical and electrical noise contributions to the BER based on their intensity and crosstalk scaling. We observed behavior consistent with earlier models, but found an unexpected increase in the total optical noise. This excess noise had a very regular linear scaling with crosstalk power. Because of its well defined crosstalk and intensity scaling, this easily measured noise term can be used as a correction to established models to more accurately estimate system performance at high optical powers and low crosstalk levels.

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J. L. Gimlett and N. K. Cheung, "Effects of phase-to-intensity noise conversion by multiple reflections on gigabit-per-second DFB laser transmission systems," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 7, pp. 888-895, 1989.

R. W. Tkach, A. R. Chraplyvy, F. Forghieri, A. H. Gnauck, and R. M. Derosier, "Four-photon mixing and high-speed WDM systems," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 13, pp. 841-849, 1995.

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M. Tur and E. L. Goldstein, "Dependence of error rate on signal-to-noise ratio in fiber-optic communication systems with phase-induced intensity noise," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 7, pp. 2055-2058, 1989.

D. A. Fishman, D. G. Duff, and J. A. Nagel, "Measurements and simulations of multipath interference for 1.7-Gb/s lightwave transmission systems using single- and multifrequency lasers," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 8, pp. 894-905, 1990.

P. Gysel and R. K. Staubli, "Stastical properties of Rayleigh backscattering in single-mode fibers," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 8, pp. 561-567, 1990.

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