Abstract

We propose and experimentally validate a blind phase recovery algorithm based on tracking low-frequency components of the phase noise, which we call “filtered carrier-phase estimation (F-CPE).” Tracking only the low-frequency components allows F-CPE to reduce the computational complexity by using a frequency-domain equalizer and to simplify the partitioning of a 16 quadrature amplitude modulation (16QAM) constellation. Further, this approach eliminates cycle slips by suppressing the impact of amplified spontaneous emission on phase noise estimation. The experimental results demonstrate cycle-slip-free operation for 15 and 32 GBd 16QAM signals. Additionally, the proposed method showed similar or better sensitivity compared with the blind-phase-search algorithm, near standard forward error correction thresholds of modern wavelength division multiplexing systems.

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