Europhys. Lett.
Volume 66, Number 4, May 2004
Page(s) 499 - 505
Section Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics
Published online 01 May 2004
Europhys. Lett., 66 (4) , pp. 499-505 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-10233-9

Outage probability for soliton transmission

V. Chernyak1, M. Chertkov2, I. Kolokolov3, 2 and A. Peleg2

1  Corning Inc., SP-DV-02-8 - Corning, NY 14831, USA
2  Theoretical Division, LANL - Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
3  Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics - Kosygina 2, 117334 Moscow, Russia

(Received 31 October 2003; accepted 8 March 2004)

We study the interplay between amplifier noise and birefringent disorder in the case of strongly nonlinear (soliton) type of transmission in optical fibers. Assuming both noise and disorder to be weak, we evaluate the probability distribution function (PDF) of the Bit-Error-Rate (BER) for the values of BER that are much larger than the typical (average) value. The PDF tail that describes probability of the system outage shows log-normal shape, strongly dependent on the fiber length. We also discuss a simple timing shift technique capable of the outage compensation.

42.81.Gs - Birefringence, polarization.
78.55.Qr - Amorphous materials; glasses and other disordered solids.
05.40.-a - Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion.

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