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Time-Domain Volterra-Based Digital Backpropagation for Coherent Optical Systems

We propose a novel closed-form time-domain (TD) Volterra series nonlinear equalizer (VSNE) for the mitigation of Kerr-related distortions in polarization-multiplexed (PM) coherent optical transmission systems. The proposed TD-VSNE is obtained from the inverse Fourier analysis of a frequency-domain VSNE based on a frequency-flat approximation. Employing novel TD approximations, we demonstrate the equivalency between the VSNE algorithms formulated in time and frequency domains. In order to enhance the computational efficiency, we insert a power weighting time window in the TD-VSNE, yielding the weighted VSNE (W-VSNE) algorithm.

We demonstrate that the convergence of the W-VSNE to its maximum performance is much faster than that of the TD-VSNE, thus requiring fewer parallel filters. Through numerical simulation of a 224-Gb/s PM-16QAM optical channel, we compare the performance/complexity tradeoff of the W-VSNE with the well-known split-step Fourier method (SSFM) and with the computationally optimized weighted SSFM (W-SSFM). Enabled by the use of fewer iterations and only two parallel W-VSNE filters, we demonstrate a reduction of up to ~45% on computational effort and ~70% on latency, in comparison with the W-SSFM.