Abstract

We discuss the performance of a multichannel 2×10Gbits polarization-multiplexed differential phase-shift keying transmission system. Through simulations and transmission experiments we find that, despite the constant power envelope of non-return-to-zero phase-shift keying modulation formats, polarization multiplexing strongly reduces the nonlinear tolerance and transmission performance at a 2×10Gbits line rate with multichannel transmission. This results in a 10 dB power penalty when comparing single- and nine-channel transmission. Additionally, multichannel impairments in differential phase-shift keying and on–off keying are compared for 2×10Gbits polarization-multiplexed transmission.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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