Tuesday, May 20

3:00 PM-5:00 PM Ballroom II - Level B

Periodically and Randomly Driven Dynamics in Nonlinear Optical Fibers

The equation governing pulse propagation in nonlinear optical fibers and waveguides under ideal conditions is the completely integrable nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation. In more realistic situations, however, this equation can be perturbed by effects such as continuous or discrete loss and periodic gain, amplified spontaneous emission noise, periodic variations in the dispersion coefficient (also known as dispersion management), or by two-polarization field envelope interactions. In this minisymposium (and the associated contributed paper session) the relevant physical and mathematical issues, both resolved and open, will be discussed.

Organizers: J. Nathan Kutz, Princeton University; and William L. Kath, Northwestern University

3:00 Propagation of Nonsoliton Pulses in Long Optically Amplified Transmission Lines
Stephen Evangelides Jr., AT&T Research
3:30 Nonlinear Optical Phenomena in Periodic Structures
Herbert G. Winful, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
4:00 Modelocked Fiber Laser Simulation and Modeling
J. W. Haus and G. Shaulov, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and J. Theimer, Rome Laboratory RL/OCPA
4:30 The Whitham Equations for Optical Communications in NRZ Format
Yuji Kodama, Osaka University, Japan

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