Optical phase conjugation is demonstrated to enable simultaneous wide-band compensation of the residual dispersion and the fiber nonlinearities in dispersion-managed fiber transmission lines employing slope-compensating fibers. When the dispersion slope of transmission fibers is equalized by slope-compensating fibers, the residual dispersion and the slope of dispersion slope are compensated by middle-span optical phase conjugation. More importantly, fiber nonlinearity may be largely suppressed by arranging the fibers into conjugate pairs about the phase conjugator, where the two fibers of each pair are in scaled translational symmetry. The translational symmetry is responsible for cancelling optical nonlinearities of the two fibers up to the first-order perturbation, then a mirror-symmetric ordering of the fiber pairs about the conjugator linearizes a long transmission line effectively.
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