In this paper we evaluate experimentally and model theoretically the nonlinear crosstalk random process in multi-core fiber. The experimental results indicate that mode coupling in multi-core fibers is reduced in presence of fiber Kerr nonlinearities. An analytical study of the inter-core crosstalk probability density function in nonlinear regime is performed, where the theoretical distribution, derived from the nonlinear coupled-mode equation, is experimentally validated in homogeneous four-core fiber. The herein presented analysis includes the evaluation of the inter-core crosstalk probability density function, mean and variance evolution considering the optical power launched into the fiber.
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16 October 2015: A correction was made to Ref. 10.
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