Abstract

A maximum a posteriori (MAP) equalizer is presented for optical fiber communication systems. Assuming that the span of the intersymbol interference (ISI) does not extend beyond neighboring bits-typically the case for the distortion introduced by polarization-mode dispersion (PMD)-we derive the conditional probability density function (pdf) in the electrical domain in the presence of PMD and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE)-dominated noise. Simulation results with an accurate receiver model and all-order PMD show the success of the MAP equalizer in reducing the bit error rate (BER) degradation due to PMD.

© 2005 IEEE

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