Abstract

Stochastic digital backpropagation (SDBP) is an extension of digital backpropagation (DBP) and is based on the maximum a posteriori principle. SDBP takes into account noise from the optical amplifiers in addition to handling deterministic linear and nonlinear impairments. The decisions in SDBP are taken on a symbol-by-symbol (SBS) basis, ignoring any residual memory, which may be present due to nonoptimal processing in SDBP. In this paper, we extend SDBP to account for memory between symbols. In particular, two different methods are proposed: a Viterbi algorithm (VA) and a decision directed approach. Symbol error rate (SER) for memory-based SDBP is significantly lower than the previously proposed SBS-SDBP. For inline dispersion-managed links, the VA-SDBP has up to 10 and 14 times lower SER than DBP for QPSK and 16-QAM, respectively.

© 2015 IEEE

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