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Authors: S. Sackesyn, C. Ma, J. Dambre, P. Bienstman
Title: Experimental realization of integrated photonic reservoir computing for nonlinear fiber distortion compensation
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 9/2021
Journal/Conference/Book: Optics Express
Volume(Issue): 29(20) p.30991-30997
DOI: 10.1364/OE.435013
Citations: 35 ( - last update: 26/5/2024)
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Nonlinearity mitigation in optical fiber networks is typically handled by electronic Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips. Such DSP chips are costly, power-hungry and can introduce high latencies. Therefore, optical techniques are investigated which are more efficient in both power consumption and processing cost. One such a machine learning technique is optical reservoir computing, in which a photonic chip can be trained on certain tasks, with the potential advantages of higher speed, reduced power consumption and lower latency compared to its electronic counterparts. In this paper, experimental results are presented where nonlinear distortions in a 32 GBPS OOK signal are mitigated to below the 0.2 × 10−3 FEC limit using a photonic reservoir. Furthermore, the results of the reservoir chip are compared to a tapped delay line filter to clearly show that the system performs nonlinear equalisation.

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