Solitons in Optical Fibers

Fundamentals and Applications


  • Linn Mollenauer, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, NJ, USA
  • James Gordon

Solitons are waves that retain their form through obstacle and distance. Solitons can be found in hydrodynamics, nonlinear optics, plasma physics, and biology. Optical solitons are solitary light waves that hold their form over an expansive interval. Conservation of this form creates an effective model for long distance voice and data transmission.The application of this principle is essential to the technology of wired communications. Optical solitons produce crystal clear phone calls cross-country and internationally. It is because of these that someone on the other end of the phone sounds 'in the next room.' It is also pertinent to high-speed network information transmittal.Mollenauer and Gordon have written the only text that an engineer or graduate student will need to understand this foundation subject in optics.
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Electrical Engineers in Optics/Telecommunications industry and students in EE and CS departments.


Book information

  • Published: February 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-504190-4

Table of Contents

Ch 1: The Non-linear Schrodinger Equation and Ordinary SolitonsCh 2: Dispersion-Managed SolitonsCh 3: Spontaneous Emission and Its EffectsCh 4: Soliton InterationsCh 5: Wavelength Division Multiplexing with Ordinary SolitonsCh 6: Wavelength Division Multiplexing with Dispersion-Managed SolitionsCh 7: Polarization and Its EffectCh 8: Hardware and Measurement TechniquesAppendix A: Sample Maple Program for the ODE MethodAppendix B: History of the Soliton