Antisymmetric solitons and their interactions in strongly dispersion-managed fiber-optic systems

Bao Feng Feng, Boris A. Malomed

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Abstract

By means of the variational approximation (VA), a system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) is derived to describe the propagation of antisymmetric solitons in a multi-channel wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) optical fiber link subject to strong dispersion management. Results are reported for a prototypical model including two channels. Using the VA technique, conditions for stable propagation of the antisymmetric dispersion-managed (ASDM) solitons in one channel are found, and complete and incomplete collisions between the solitons belonging to the different channels are investigated. In particular, it is shown that formation of a bound inter-channel state of two ASDM solitons is possible under certain conditions (but may be easily avoided). The VA predictions for the single- and two-channel systems are compared with direct simulations of the underlying partial differential equations. In most cases, the agreement is very good, but in some cases (very closely spaced channels) the collision may destroy the ASDM solitons. The timing-jitter suppression factor (JSF) for the ASDM soliton in one channel, and the crosstalk timing jitter induced by collision between the solitons belonging to the different channels are also estimated analytically. In particular, the JSF for the ASDM soliton may be much larger than for its fundamental-soliton counterpart in the same system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-185
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Communications
Volume229
Issue number1-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2004

Keywords

  • Antisymmetric soliton
  • Dispersion management
  • Timing jitter
  • Variational approximation

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