Nonlinear frequency division multiplexing (NFDM) systems have been showing remarkable progress in the past few years. However, the majority of the demonstrations have neglected the impact of laser phase noise by employing narrowlinewidth lasers and self-homodyne receivers. The impact of transmitter laser linewidth on NFDM transmission is here numerically and experimentally investigated for dual-polarization discrete NFDM systems. The scaling of linewidth tolerance is analyzed for different signal symbol rates and the results are validated experimentally at 250 MBd. Numerical and experimental analysis show a limited degradation due to laser phase noise with relevant penalty appearing only for linewidth-symbol duration products (Δv × Ts) above 10-3. The 250-MBd experimental results indeed show limited penalty for laser linewidths up to 750-kHz and 100-kHz, for back-to-back and 2000-km transmission, respectively.
- Nonlinear frequency division multiplexing
- Laser phase noise