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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1995
  • pp: 2420–2425

Soliton communication beyond the average-soliton regime

R.-J. Essiambre and Govind P. Agrawal  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 12, Issue 12, pp. 2420-2425 (1995)

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We study semianalytically soliton dynamics in a soliton-based communication line for which the amplifier spacing is larger than the soliton period (referred to as the quasi-adiabatic regime). This regime allows us to overcome the limit on the soliton duration (TFWHM ~ 15 ps) imposed by the average-soliton regime. Our calculations show that periodically stable propagation of short solitons (TFWHM = 1–5 ps) is possible for an amplifier spacing ranging from 5 to 20 km. We discuss the dynamical features associated with the propagation of short solitons in the quasi-adiabatic regime and present a simple model capable of predicting the width and the mean frequency of the steady-state soliton. We compare the model with appropriate numerical simulations. Our analysis may also be applied to fiber lasers that produce ultrashort solitons (TFWHM < 1 ps) in a relatively long-cavity configuration.

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R.-J. Essiambre and Govind P. Agrawal, "Soliton communication beyond the average-soliton regime," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2420-2425 (1995)

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