Fractional Fourier Transformation-Based Blind Chromatic Dispersion Estimation for Coherent Optical Communications

Huibin Zhou, Borui Li, Ming Tang, Kangping Zhong, Zhenhua Feng, Jingchi Cheng, Pak Tao Lau, Chao Lu, Songnian Fu, Perry Ping Shum, Deming Liu

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In this paper, we propose and demonstrate a blind chromatic dispersion (CD) estimation method based on fractional Fourier transformation (FrFT). Through numerical simulations, the proposed CD estimation method is shown to be robust against the amplified spontaneous emission noise and nonlinear interference. Only 2048 samples are required for reliable CD estimation for single-carrier 28 GBd DP-QPSK or 32 GBd DP-16QAM signals, and the standard deviation can be as low as 98.9 and 103.6 ps/nm, respectively. The feasibility of the proposed CD estimation method has been experimentally verified using 28 GBd DP-QPSK and 14 GBd DP-16QAM signals over various transmission distances with CD ranges of 46 332-77 220 ps/nm and 5148-51 480 ps/nm, respectively. Compared with some other CD estimation methods, the method based on FrFT has advantages in the aspects of less computation complexity and robustness to transmission impairments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7426334
Pages (from-to)2371-2380
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2016


  • Coherent communications
  • dispersion
  • fiber optics communications
  • fractional Fourier transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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