In this tutorial the physical principles that underly optical pulse propagation in a fiber will be reviewed, and the nonlinear effects that impair the performance of dispersion-managed communication systems, based on quasi-soliton and pseudo-linear pulses, will be described. Such effects include noise- and interchannel-collision-induced arrival-time and phase jitter, and intrachannel four-wave mixing. Full-text article is not available.

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