C. D. Poole, J. M. Wiesenfeld, A. R. McCormick, K. T. Nelson, Holmdel, N.J.
The application of erbium-doped fiber optical amplifiers in lightwave communication systems has made it possible to transmit lightwaves over thousands of kilometers of single-mode fiber without electronic regeneration. With fiber loss no longer a factor, the primary limitation to high-bit-rate transmission over presently installed fiber networks is group-velocity dispersion, a property of single-mode fiber that causes different spectral components of an optical pulse to propagate with different group velocities. As a result, there has been considerable interest in finding an optical device that can compensate group velocity dispersion by inducing a dispersion equal in magnitude but opposite in sign to the dispersion of single-mode fiber.
Become a member of OSA or log in to view the full text of this article.
OSA Members get the full text of Optics & Photonics News, plus a variety of other member benefits.