A new method is presented for evaluation of error probability for optical fiber communication systems in the presence of intersymbol interference and additive noise. It is based on deriving a best approximation, in a minimax sense, for the cumulative distribution function of the additive noise. The method takes into account the avalanche photodetector's non-Gaussian shot noise statistics. The additive noise is also not constrained to be Gaussian. Examples are presented for comparison to previously published techniques.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/49.62839
Journal IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
Nakhla, M.S. (1990). Performance Evaluation of Optical Fiber Transmission Systems. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 8(8), 1617–1623. doi:10.1109/49.62839