This lesson demonstrates the average soliton regime at 10 Gb/s transmission over a 500 km optical link consisting of SMF.

Figure 1 shows the layout that was used.

Optical System Average soliton regime layout

Figure 1: Average soliton regime layout

Figure 2 shows the global and pulse parameters used to achieve transmission at 10 Gb/s.

Optical System Simulation and Main parameters for 10 GBs transmission

Optical System Simulation and Main parameters for 10 GBs transmission

Figure 2: Simulation and Main parameters for 10 GB/s transmission

We fixed B = 10 Gb/s → TB = 100 ps.

Optical System - AVERAGE SOLITON REGIME

Figure 3 and Figure 4 show the selected parameters.

Optical System Fixing Nonlinear Dispersive Fiber Main parameters

Figure 3: Fixing Nonlinear Dispersive Fiber Main parameters

Optical System Fixing Nonlinear Dispersive Fiber Dispersions parameters

Figure 4: Fixing Nonlinear Dispersive Fiber Dispersions parameters

We will consider SMF with a length of 50 km and losses of 0.4 dB/km.

Optical System equation

Note: The effects of group delay and third order of dispersion are not taken into account.

After each fiber, the signal is amplified with SOA. Therefore, LA ~ 50 km. Note that the condition LA < LD is satisfied (see Figure 5).

Optical System Nonlinear Dispersive Fiber Nonlinearities parameters

Figure 5: Nonlinear Dispersive Fiber Nonlinearities parameters

The Kerr nonlinearity coefficient y = n2ω0/cAeff for the fixed values of nonlinear refractive index n2 = 2.6 10-20 [m2/W],

Optical System equation

The linear losses for 50 km SMF are 20 dB. The losses are periodically compensated with the Ideal EDFA with 20 dB gain.

Soliton peak power for this SMF is 5.8 mW. The input power of the average soliton is 27.1 mW. To demonstrate the importance of the input power of the average soliton, we will consider soliton propagation in a 500 km SMF with two different input powers:

5.8 mW — usual soliton peak power (Version insufficient power)

27.1 mW — modified soliton peak power which takes into account the periodical amplification (Version average soliton)

Each version includes sweeps on the number of loops 0, 4, 7, and 10 with which to represent the propagation distances 0, 200, 350, and 500 km in SMF.

Figure 6 shows the initial pattern of pulses, and the same pattern of pulses after 200, 350, and 500 km transmission in SMF and periodic amplification with EDFA at every 50 km with the 27.1mW — modified soliton peak power which takes into account the periodical amplification.

Optical System - Average soliton pulse patterns

Figure 6: Average soliton pulse patterns

Good preservation of the pattern of pulses can be clearly seen. The average soliton concept is valid for these pulse, fiber, and amplification parameters.

Figure 7 shows the initial pattern of pulses, and the same pattern of pulses after 200, 350, and 500 km transmission in SMF and periodic amplification with EDFA at every 50 km with the 5.8 mW — soliton peak power which doesn’t take into account the periodical amplification.

Optical System Insufficient power pulse patterns

Figure 7: Insufficient power pulse patterns

Because of the improper pulse power used, the pulses in the pattern do not preserve their forms. As a result, pulses broaden and complicated structures appear.

This lesson demonstrated the average soliton concept. It requires:

  • fulfilment of adiabatic condition LA < LD
  • proper pulse peak power which to take into account the process of periodical amplification

References:
[1] G.P. Agrawal, “Applications of Nonlinear Fiber Optics”, Academic Press, 2001.

[2] G.P. Agrawal, “Fiber Optic Communication Systems”, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997.