Influence of Behavioral Models on Multiuser Channel Capacity
Journal article, 2015

In order to characterize the channel capacity of a wavelength channel in a wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) system, statistical models are needed for the transmitted signals on the other wavelengths. For example, one could assume that the transmitters for all wavelengths are configured independently of each other, that they use the same signal power, or that they use the same modulation format. In this paper, it is shown that these so-called behavioral models have a profound impact on the single-wavelength achievable information rate. This is demonstrated by establishing, for the first time, upper and lower bounds on the maximum achievable rate under various behavioral models, for a rudimentary WDM channel model.

Network information theory

Behavioral models

Nonlinear interference

Multiuser communications

Channel capacity

Mutual information

Wavelengthdivision multiplexing

Achievable information rate


Erik Agrell

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication and Antenna Systems, Communication Systems

Magnus Karlsson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Journal of Lightwave Technology

0733-8724 (ISSN)

Vol. 33 17 3507-3515 7118648

Subject Categories

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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