Patent Number: 6,311,002

Title: Method and apparatus for reducing nonlinear penalties by proper arrangement of the dispersion map in an optical communication system

Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for compensating for dispersion in a wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) optical communication system. The system includes a transmitting and receiving terminal for transmitting and receiving, respectively, an optical signal having a plurality of channels, and an optical fiber transmission path coupling the first and second terminals. The fiber transmission path has a dispersion substantially equal to zero for a selected channel, positive dispersion for a first set of channels, and negative dispersion for a second set of channels. The method begins by providing positive dispersion compensation to the second set of channels at one of the terminals. Negative dispersion compensation is provided to the first set of channels, also at one of the terminals.

Inventors: Evangelides; Steven G. (Redbank, NJ), Golovchenko; Ekaterina A. (Colts Neck, NJ), Mazurczyk; Vincent J. (Manalapan, NJ), Pilipetskii; Alexei N. (Colts Necks, NJ)

Assignee: TyCom (US) Inc.

International Classification: G02B 6/34 (20060101); H04B 10/18 (20060101); G02B 006/02 (); H04B 010/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018