Abstract

We discuss the possibility of exploiting spectral broadening resulting from fiber nonlinearity for the transmission of information. The spectral broadening induced by nonlinearity combined with the appropriate waveform can turn quadrature amplitude modulation-like constellations into frequency-shift-keying constellations over a much larger dimension. Thus, the Kerr effect can be thought of as a large dimensional mapper/modulator. A simple single-span fiber-optic link implemented over dispersion shifted fiber is assumed for the demonstration of the principle. It is shown that for a particular constellation the achievable data rates in the presence of nonlinearity can be significantly higher than the capacity characterizing a linear channel with the same input bandwidth.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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