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Efficient Channel Model for Homogeneous Weakly Coupled Multicore Fiber

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posted on 2023-11-29, 05:06 authored by Lin Gan, Jiajun Zhou, Songnian Fu, Ming Tang, Deming Liu
To analyze a homogeneous weakly coupled multicore fiber (WC-MCF) based transmission system via simulation, we propose an efficient (fast and accurate) WC-MCF's channel model, which can describe the propagation effects including attenuation, walk-off, chromatic dispersion, self-phase modulation (SPM), and especially the frequency-dependent inter-core crosstalk (XT). We speed up the simulation with two orders of magnitude by simplifying the XT's calculation. On one hand, the calculation step size can be greatly increased by utilizing a new XT's coupling matrix. On the other hand, the calculation of XT can be further accelerated by down-sampling XT's coupling matrix in frequency domain. The XT power and average occurrence distance should be set manually based on the existing XT model to describe the frequency-dependent XT the same as a real WC-MCF. We numerically and experimentally observed that XT's de-correlation bandwidth decreases with relative time delay (RTD) by fractional linear function. The range of validity of the proposed channel model is also discussed with different walk-off and coupling strength. We believe the proposed efficient channel model can provide great help for analysis and optimization of homogeneous WC-MCF based optical communication systems.

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