Numerical modelling of dispersion managed soliton transmission

  • Donald S. Govan

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This thesis presents the results of numerical modelling of the propagation of dispersion managed solitons. The theory of optical pulse propagation in single mode optical fibre is introduced specifically looking at the use of optical solitons for fibre communications. The numerical technique used to solve the nonlinear Schrödinger equation is also introduced. The recent developments in the use of dispersion managed solitons are reviewed before the numerical results are presented.
The work in this thesis covers two main areas; (i) the use of a saturable absorber to control the propagation of dispersion managed solutions and (ii) the upgrade of the installed standard fibre network to higher data rates through the use of solitons and dispersion management.
Saturable absorbe can be used to suppress the build up of noise and dispersive radiation in soliton transmission lines. The use of saturable absorbers in conjunction with dispersion management has been investigated both as a single pulse and for the transmission of a 10Gbit/s data pattern. It is found that this system supports a new regime of stable soliton pulses with significantly increased powers.
The upgrade of the installed standard fibre network to higher data rates through the use of fibre amplifiers and dispersion management is of increasing interest. In this thesis the propagation of data at both 10Gbit/s and 40Gbit/s is studied. Propagation over transoceanic distances is shown to be possible for 10Gbit/s transmission and for more than 2000km at 40Gbit/s. The contribution of dispersion managed solitons in the future of optical communications is discussed in the thesis conclusions.
Date of AwardMar 1999
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorNick Doran (Supervisor)


  • nonlinear optics
  • optic fibres
  • optical solitons
  • optical networks
  • dispersion management
  • saturable absorbers

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