Probability of anomalously large bit-error rate in long haul optical transmission

V. Chernyak, M. Chertkov, I. Kolokolov, V. Lebedev

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The disordered system approach for optical fiber systems and the emergence of an extremely non-Gaussian tail in the optical fiber system higher-order statistics was analyzed. A linear model of optical transmission through a fiber with birefringent disorder in the presence of amplifier noise was considered. The average bit-error rate (BER) was small because both disorder and noise are assumed to be weak. The results show that the probability distribution function (PDF) has a long algebraiclike tail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number066619
Pages (from-to)666191-666194
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number6 2
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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