Optical Solitons

Volume 613 of the series Lecture Notes in Physics pp 265-297


Optical Fiber Soliton Lasers

  • G. E. TownAffiliated withDepartment of Electronics, Macquarie University
  • , N. N. AkhmedievAffiliated withOptical Sciences Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University
  • , J. M. Soto-CrespoAffiliated withConsejo Superior de Investigaciones Scientific, Instituto de Optica

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Experimental and theoretical developments in optical fiber soliton lasers are reviewed. We first review the fundamentals of optical fiber soliton lasers from an experimental viewpoint, including soliton generation and control mechanisms, and highlight the similarities between developments in soliton fiber lasers and soliton transmission systems. We then review the mathematical theory of soliton lasers based on a master equation description, highlighting some interesting solutions and recent results concerning soliton stability.