A Brief History of Fiber-Optic Soliton Transmission

  • Fedor MitschkeEmail author
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This is a review of fiber-optic solitons, with an emphasis on their use for data transmission. The historic account begins with the first concept of nonlinear waves in the nineteenth century. In the 1980s satisfactory fibers became available, and research into fiber-optic solitons took off. Around the turn of the millennium, maturity of soliton transmission for commercial deployments was reached. Since then, various extensions and generalizations of the soliton concept have been found and investigated, and some of them have led to interesting new applications. This review outlines these developments and briefly touches upon current concepts and problems.


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