Localized waves in optical systems with periodic dispersion and nonlinearity management


We overview our recent developments in the theory of dispersion-managed (DM) solitons within the context of optical applications. First, we present a class of localized solutions with a period multiple to that of the standard DM soliton in the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with periodic variations of the dispersion. In the framework of a reduced ordinary differential equation-based model, we discuss the key features of these structures, such as a smaller energy compared to traditional DM solitons with the same temporal width. Next, we present new results on dissipative DM solitons, which occur in the context of mode-locked lasers. By means of numerical simulations and a reduced variational model of the complex Ginzburg-Landau equation, we analyze the influence of the different dissipative processes that take place in a laser.

Additional Information: Copyright © 2009 Brandon G. Bale et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
Published Date: 2009-06
Authors: Bale, Brandon
Boscolo, Sonia
Schwartz, O.Y.
Turitsyn, Sergei


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