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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1987
  • pp: 614–616

Stability of solitons in birefringent optical fibers. I: Equal propagation amplitudes

Curtis R. Menyuk  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 12, Issue 8, pp. 614-616 (1987)

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The effect of birefringence on soliton propagation in single-mode optical fibers is considered. Emphasis is on solitons with multipicosecond widths that are appropriate for communications applications. It is shown that while linear birefringence will lead to a substantial splitting of the two polarizations over 20 km, this effect can be eliminated by use of the Kerr nonlinearity. Above a certain amplitude threshold, the central frequency of each polarization shifts just enough to lock the two polarizations together.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 10, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 1987
Published: August 1, 1987

Curtis R. Menyuk, "Stability of solitons in birefringent optical fibers. I: Equal propagation amplitudes," Opt. Lett. 12, 614-616 (1987)

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