Abstract

We numerically evaluate the transmission rates of a single fiber with the wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) transmission of coherent signals with conventional homodyne-based (dyne-type) detections and various quantum detection strategies. We reveal the quantitative gap between these detection strategies especially in the quantum-limited region where the quantum noise seriously limits the transmission rate. For an extremely weak signal input power, there is a crucial gap between the capacity limit and the transmission rates of the WDM system with dyne-type detections. We show that this gap is filled by applying a collective square root detection (SRD) only for each channel, not necessary for quantum collective decoding among WDM channels.

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