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 Sept 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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