New WON publication in OSA Continuum
New WON journal paper “Simulative assessment of non-linear interference generation within disaggregated optical line systems” has been published in OSA Continuum, OSA Publishing on 1st December 2020. The paper has been prepared by the researchers from Politecnico di Torino and Infinera, with Elliot London as a leading author.
Lightpaths within optical line systems (OLS)s that deploy coherent optical technologies are mainly impaired by two additive Gaussian disturbances: the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise from the optical amplifiers and the non-linear interference (NLI) from fiber propagation, together with some amount of phase noise, typically compensated for by the carrier phase estimator module within the digital signal processing (DSP) unit. The main obstacle in accurately modelling the physical layer of a disaggregated optical network arises from the spatially-coherent and spectrally-aggregated general behavior of the NLI generation. Within this paper, we perform an accurate split-step Fourier method (SSFM) physical layer simulation campaign over a wide range of fiber chromatic dispersion values that range from 2 to 16.7 ps / (nm·km) and channel symbol rates from 32 GBd to 85 GBd. For all the explored scenarios, we first show that the NLI generation in an OLS can be spectrally disaggregated in a practical manner by considering a superposition of self-channel (SC) and cross-channel (XC) NLI components only. Secondly, by considering the span-by-span generalized signal-to-noise ratio (GSNR) deterioration, we show that the XC-NLI accumulation components can also be considered as spatially disaggregated, leaving the SC-NLI as the only spatial coherency contribution. Consequently, by appropriately managing these coherent NLI contributions, we find that it is possible to produce a conservative physical layer model that is both spectrally and spatially disaggregated.