TR2018-010

System and device technologies for coherent optical communications



We review the recent advancement in the system and device technologies for coherent optical communications. One major topic is high-dimensional modulation, and in particular the nonlinearity-tolerant modulation format family, based on four-dimensional 2A8PSK. This family, covering 5, 6, 7 bits/4D symbol, outperforms most known corresponding modulation formats in the linear and nonlinear region. We also review our recent progress on forward error correction including polar codes, and monolithic narrow linewidth semiconductor lasers.