Use of multicanonical Monte Carlo simulations to obtain accurate bit error rates in optical communications systems.

@article{Holzlhner2003UseOM,
  title={Use of multicanonical Monte Carlo simulations to obtain accurate bit error rates in optical communications systems.},
  author={Ronald Holzl{\"o}hner and Curtis R. Menyuk},
  journal={Optics letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={28 20},
  pages={
          1894-6
        }
}
We apply the multicanonical Monte Carlo (MMC) method to compute the probability distribution of the received voltage in a chirped return-to-zero system. When computing the probabilities of very rare events, the MMC technique greatly enhances the efficiency of Monte Carlo simulations by biasing the noise realizations. Our results agree with the covariance matrix method over 20 orders of magnitude. The MMC method can be regarded as iterative importance sampling that automatically converges toward… CONTINUE READING

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