Minimising total energy requirements in amplified links by optimising amplifier spacing

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Doran, N.J. ; Ellis, A.D. (2014)
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    acm: Hardware_GENERAL | Hardware_INTEGRATEDCIRCUITS

We investigate the energy optimization (minimization) for amplified links. We show that using the using a well-established analytic nonlinear signal-to-noise ratio noise model that for a simple amplifier model there are very clear, fiber independent, amplifier gains which minimize the total energy requirement. With a generalized amplifier model we establish the spacing for the optimum power per bit as well as the nonlinear limited optimum power. An amplifier spacing corresponding to 13 dB gain is shown to be a suitable compromise for practical amplifiers operating at the optimum nonlinear power.
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