We examine the properties of dispersion-managed (DM) solitons in fiber lines with dispersion-compensation period L much shorter than amplification distance Z<sub>a</sub> . DM solitons in systems with short-scale dispersion compensation have reduced power compared with DM solitons in previously studied regimes with L≥Z<sub>a</sub> power (for the same local and average dispersion and the same pulse width). As a result, chirped DM soliton transmission with reasonably low power can be realized with shorter pulses when DM solitons in systems with large L/Z<sub>a</sub> ratios have energies that are too high to be used in practice.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
Sergei K. Turitsyn, Michail P. Fedoruk, and Anastasia Gornakova, "Reduced-power optical solitons in fiber lines with short-scale dispersion management," Opt. Lett. 24, 869-871 (1999)