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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1991
  • pp: 1388–1390

Soliton annihilation and fusion from resonant inelastic collisions in birefringent optical fibers

B. A. Malomed and S. Wabnitz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 1388-1390 (1991)

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We study the inelastic collisions between orthogonally polarized solitons in a birefringent optical fiber. We show that if the collision is sufficiently slow, one soliton may be destroyed by the other, or the two solitons may fuse into a breatherlike solitary pulse. We derive a simple analytical estimate for this soliton decay, based on a condition of spatial resonance between the two solitons, and confirm this prediction by numerical simulations. Breakup of colliding solitons with different polarizations may set a fundamental lower bound to the soliton time width in soliton transmissions.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 24, 1991
Published: September 15, 1991

B. A. Malomed and S. Wabnitz, "Soliton annihilation and fusion from resonant inelastic collisions in birefringent optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 16, 1388-1390 (1991)

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