Solitons: permanent waves

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Communications engineers are learning to create an electromagnet wave at will, to transmit information. This wave, the optical soliton, is the subject of astounding recent developments in nonlinear optics and lasers. The author describes the principles behind the use of solitons in optical communications and shows that in the context of such communications the most important property of solitons is that they are extremely stable. Not only do they not disperse, but an encounter with a perturbation (e.g. a joint in optical fibre) will usually leave the soliton unaltered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-294
Number of pages4
JournalIEE Review
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 1992


  • nonlinear optics optical communication optical links solitons
  • Non-controlled Indexing
  • developments
  • lasers
  • nonlinear optics
  • optical links
  • optical soliton
  • perturbation
  • stability


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