Optical Society:NEW BOOK HIGHLIGHTS NOVEL APPROACH TO SOLITONS|
Authers: Nail Akhmediev and Adrian Ankiewicz
Solitons, Nonlinear Pulses and beams.
A comprehensive new text focusses attention on temporal solitons
and spatial soliton beams. It has been written by two A.O.S.
members from the A.N.U. In Canberra, Drs. Nail Akhmediev and
Adrian Ankiewicz, and is entitled `Solitons: Non-linear pulses
and beams´ (Chapman and Hall, London - publication date
Feb.,1997). The point of the work is that it provides a self-consistent,
self-contained treatment of the propagation of the stationary
pulses called solitons in optical fibres, and also spatial beams
which are guided by nonlinear media. It also gives a thorough
treatment of the applications of non-linear light pulses in
optical fibres and spatial solitons in switching devices. It
generally presents the results of the most recent research on
the subject in an accessible manner and adopts a unified approach
to solitons in fibres and the devices which use them.
Soliton communications in optical fibres, especially in conjunction
with erbium-doped fibre amplifiers, offers the possibility of
vast bandwidths, as pulses can be sent in close proximity as
the dispersion of linear transmission is avoided. The book,
which is suitable for both class-room use and private study,
introduces a novel approach to the subject by analyzing the
underlying stationary states of birefringent fibres and fibre
couplers, including non-Kerr law examples, and using this to
determine switching phenomena in terms of bifurcations.
See also reviews in:
Optics & Photonics News, May 2001, page 56
The IREE Society Monitor, Vol.23, Issue 2, 1998, page 26
Ch.1. Basic equations.
Ch.2. The nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Ch.3. Exact
solutions. Ch.4. Non-Kerr-law nonlinearities. Ch.5. Normal
dispersion regime. Ch.6. Multiple-port linear devices made
from solitons. Ch.7. Nonlinear pulses in birefringent media.
Ch.8. Pulses in nonlinear couplers. Ch.9. Multi-core nonlinear
fiber arrays. Ch.10. The influence of higher-order dispersion
on solitons. Ch.11. Beam dynamics. Ch.12. Planar nonlinear
guided waves. Ch.13. Nonlinear pulses in presence of gain,
loss and spectral filtering
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