FEC Performance of PMD-Impaired Optical Communication System With Multiple-Wavelength Interleaving

Bing Xie, Zhihong Li, Yong Liang Guan, Chao Lu

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In this letter, a novel wavelength-interleaved forward-error correction scheme to mitigate the polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) impairment in optical transmission system is proposed and analyzed. With double-wavelength interleaving and Reed Solomon (255, 239) coding, this method can extend the PMD tolerance by more than 20% at an output bit-error rate of 10-12, and about 14%-36% for an outage probability of 10-6, over a similar system without interleaving. It can also provide a net coding gain of over 6 dB at all tolerable PMD levels, which cannot be achieved by a noninterleaved system. For a four-wavelength interleaving system, the corresponding performance gains are over 26%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936-938
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Forward-error correction (FEC)
  • Multiple-wavelength interleaving
  • Polarization-mode dispersion (PMD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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