System optimization of an all-silicon IQ modulator : achieving 100 Gbaud dual polarization 32QAM

Authors: Zhalehpour, SasanGuo, MengqiLin, Jiachuan; Zhang, Zhuhong; Qiao, Yaojun; Shi, WeiRusch, Leslie
Abstract: We experimentally demonstrate the highest, to the best of our knowledge, reported net rate in a SiP IQ modulator. At 100 Gbaud 32QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), and assuming 20% FEC (forward error correction) overhead, we achieved a dual polarization net rate of 833 Gb/s. This record was achieved by adapting digital signal processing to the challenging pattern dependent distortion encountered in the nonlinear and bandwidth limited regime. First the Mach Zehnder modulator (MZM) operating point (trading off modulation efficiency and 3 dB bandwidth) and linear compensation (electrical and optical) are jointly optimized. Next, the key application of nonlinear preand post-compensation are explored. We show that nonlinear processing at the transmitter, in our case an iterative learning control (ILC) method, is essential as post-processing alone could not achieve reliable communications at 100 Gbaud. Nonlinear post-compensation algorithms pushed the performance under the FEC threshold with the introduction of structured intersymbol interference in post processing and a simple one-step maximum likelihood sequence detector. We provide detailed descriptions of our methodology and results.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Open Access Date: 30 May 2020
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Journal of Lightwave Technology
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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