Using numerical simulation, we show that solitons of any pulse width can avoid splitting or excessive broadening in response to birefringence of randomly varying orientation as long as the fiber’s polarization-dispersion parameter (in psec/km1/2) is less than ~0.3D1/2, where D is the dispersion parameter (in psec nm−1 km−1). Nevertheless, we also find that polarization dispersion tends to produce a significant amount of dispersive wave radiation from the soliton.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 2, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 1989
Published: November 1, 1989
L. F. Mollenauer, C. R. Menyuk, K. Smith, and J. P. Gordon, "Resistance of solitons to the effects of polarization dispersion in optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 14, 1219-1221 (1989)