Abstract

We show for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that, in a coherent communication system that employs a phase-shift-keying signal and Raman amplification, besides the pump relative intensity noise (RIN) transfer to the amplitude, the signal’s phase will also be affected by pump RIN through the pump–signal cross-phase modulation. Although the average pump power induced linear phase change can be compensated for by the phase-correction algorithm, a relative phase noise (RPN) parameter has been found to characterize pump RIN induced stochastic phase noise. This extra phase noise brings non-negligible system impairments in terms of the Q-factor penalty. The calculation shows that copumping leads to much more stringent requirements to pump RIN, and relatively larger fiber dispersion helps to suppress the RPN induced impairment. A higher-order phase-shift keying (PSK) signal is less tolerant to noise than a lower-order PSK.

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