Physics and mathematics of dispersion-managed optical solitons

Sergei K. Turitsyn*, Elena G. Shapiro, Sergei B. Medvedev, Mikhail P. Fedoruk, Vladimir K. Mezentsev

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We review the main physical and mathematical properties of dispersion-managed (DM) optical solitons. Theory of DM solitons can be presented at two levels of accuracy: first, simple, but nevertheless, quantitative models based on ordinary differential equations governing evolution of the soliton width and phase parameter (the so-called chirp); and second, a comprehensive path-average theory that is capable of describing in detail both the fine structure of DM soliton form and its evolution along the fiber line. An analogy between DM soliton and a macroscopic nonlinear quantum oscillator model is also discussed. © 2003 Académie des sciences/Éditions scientifiques et médicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalComptes Rendus: Physique
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


  • dispersion-management
  • fiber communications
  • optical soliton


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