We report experimental evidence of antisymmetric solitons in a mode-locked fiber laser with a strong dispersion map. A dispersion-managed soliton breathes as it traverses the dispersion map, and the antisymmetric dispersion-managed soliton can be considered a tightly bound soliton pair with π phase difference between the component solitons. The antisymmetric soliton is observed only at particular values of the net cavity dispersion.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: April 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2008
Published: July 28, 2008
Andy Chong, William H. Renninger, and Frank W. Wise, "Observation of antisymmetric dispersion-managed solitons in a mode-locked laser," Opt. Lett. 33, 1717-1719 (2008)