Performance limitations of a WDM coherent optical transmission system due to Raman amplifier induced crosstalk
We have investigated the effects of crosstalk in fiber Raman amplifiers (FRAs) by propagating signals through the Raman fiber. We have observed that quality factor reduces for lesser channel spacing. We have able to propagate the signals in two channels with spacing of 20 GHz and quality factor above 25 dB was obtained. The effect of signal input power and injected pump power on crosstalk and signal interference ratio (SIR) has analyzed. It is observed that the signal gain and the injected pump power should be limited to the value well below the threshold of Raman amplification to ensure small crosstalk and high SIR. The effect of Raman fiber length on crosstalk is also studied and it is observed that for high values of Raman fiber length, SIR reduces considerably. © 2013 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.