Channel Impairments and Optical Communication Systems Engineering

  • Ivan Djordjevic
  • William Ryan
  • Bane Vasic


In this chapter, we describe basic signal and noise parameters; major channel impairments including chromatic dispersion, multimode dispersion, polarization mode dispersion (PMD), and fiber nonlinearities; and system design process. This chapter is based on [1–23]. This chapter is organized as follows. In Sect. 3.1, different noise sources are identified and explained. Section 3.2 is devoted to different channel impairments. Section 3.3 deals with different figures of merit to describe system performance and basic guidelines for system design.


Shot Noise Stimulate Raman Scattering Stimulate Brillouin Scattering Chromatic Dispersion Polarization Mode Dispersion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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