Abstract

This research work proposed and experimentally demonstrated beyond-100GBd probabilistically shaped coherent optics that support the transmission of a ∼1.2 Tbps coded line rate and a ∼0.9 Tbps net bit rate per optical carrier over metro-regional distances. Pursuing next-generation transmission systems having both high capacity approaching terabits per wavelength and high spectral efficiency require engineering efforts from different aspects, which may include the enhancement of analog-to-digital or digital-to-analog interfaces, the improvement of channel characteristics, and also the realization of better receiver sensitivities, preferably through DSP techniques such as probabilistic shaping (PS). By doing so, this work achieved a single-channel and a 112.5-GHz WDM transmission of 900G wavelengths over 800 and 400 km, respectively, which employed a PS DP-64QAM modulation format at 105 GBd, yielding a net spectral efficiency of 8.05 bits/s/Hz. Such a high symbol rate was demonstrated using a commercially available DAC unit without band-interleaving. The enhanced optical channel consists of ITU-T G.654 compliant Terawave SLA+ fiber spans with the backward-pumped Raman amplifiers. In addition, with the same PS DP-64QAM modulation format and the same enhanced channel, this research work also demonstrated that 400G wavelengths can be delivered over 2800 km supporting long-haul applications.

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