Abstract

Superchannel transmission is a candidate to realize Tb/s-class high-speed optical communications. In order to achieve higher spectrum efficiency, the channel spacing shall be as narrow as possible. However, densely allocated channels can cause non-negligible inter-channel interference (ICI) especially when the channel spacing is close to or below the Nyquist bandwidth. In this paper, we consider joint decoding to cancel the ICI in dense superchannel transmission. To further improve the spectrum efficiency, we propose the use of Han–Kobayashi superposition coding. In addition, for the case when neighboring subchannel transmitters can share data, we introduce dirty-paper coding for pre-cancelation of the ICI. We analytically evaluate the potential gains of these methods when ICI is present for sub-Nyquist channel spacing.

© 2015 IEEE

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