Telecommunications have underpinned social interaction and economic activity since the 19th century and have been increasingly reliant on optical fibers since their initial commercial deployment by BT in 1983. Today, mobile phone networks, data centers, and broadband services that facilitate our entertainment, commerce, and increasingly health provision are built on hidden optical fiber networks. However, recently it emerged that the fiber network is beginning to fill up, leading to the talk of a capacity crunch where the capacity still grows but struggles to keep up with the increasing demand. This book, featuring contributions by the suppliers of widely deployed simulation software and academic authors, illustrates the origins of the limited performance of an optical fiber from the engineering, physics, and information theoretic viewpoints. Solutions are then discussed by pioneers in each of the respective fields, with near-term solutions discussed by industrially based authors, and more speculative high-potential solutions discussed by leading academic groups.


chapter Chapter 1|61 pages

Modelling High-Capacity Nonlinear Transmission Systems

ByHadrien Louchet, Nikolay Karelin, André Richter

chapter Chapter 2|32 pages

Basic Optical Fiber Nonlinear Limits

ByMohammad Ahmad Zaki Al-Khateeb, Abdallah Ali, Andrew Ellis

chapter Chapter 3|27 pages

Fiber Nonlinearity Compensation: Performance Limits and Commercial Outlook

ByDanish Rafique

chapter Chapter 4|42 pages

Phase-Conjugated Twin Waves and Phase-Conjugated Coding

BySon Thai Le

chapter Chapter 5|26 pages

Information-Theoretic Concepts for Fiber Optic Communications

ByMariia Sorokina, Metodi P. Yankov

chapter Chapter 6|52 pages

Advanced Coding for Fiber-Optics Communications Systems

ByIvan B. Djordjevic

chapter Chapter 7|29 pages

Nonlinear Fourier Transform-Based Optical Transmission: Methods for Capacity Estimation

ByJaroslaw E. Prilepsky, Stanislav A. Derevyanko, Sergei K. Turitsyn

chapter Chapter 8|24 pages

Spatial Multiplexing: Technology

ByYongmin Jung, Qiongyue Kang, Shaif-Ul Alam, David J. Richardson

chapter Chapter 9|50 pages

Spatial Multiplexing: Modelling

ByFilipe Ferreira, Christian Costa, Sygletos Stylianos, Andrew Ellis