The fundamental chromatic dispersion limit for an optical communication N-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-N) format without any dispersion compensating module is calculated. The main result of this analysis shows that in a non-dispersion-compensated channel, the product β2B2L (where β2, L, and B are the dispersion coefficient, fiber length, and the Baud rate, respectively) is bounded by a number, which depends only on the number of levels N. In particular, β2B2L < 0.318, β2B2L < 0.212, and β2B2L < 0.14 for N values of 2, 4, and 8, respectively. Moreover, an analytical expression for a noisy channel’s power penalty was formulated. This analytic expression shows high agreement with numerical simulations. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such a fundamental limit has been formulated for PAM-N systems.
- Data center
- Fiber dispersion limitation
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Computer Science Applications
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes