We propose and demonstrate a technique to estimate the OSNR of an equalised QPSK signal based on the radial moments of the complex signal constellation. The technique is compared through simulation with maximum likelihood estimation and the effect of the block size used in the estimation is also assessed. The technique is verified experimentally and when combined with a single point calibration the OSNR of the input signal was estimated to within 0.5 dB.
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