Fission of optical solitons in a glass fiber induced by the stimulated Raman effect is demonstrated by a theory, simulations, and experiments. The solitons born by fission retain the amplitudes predicted by inverse-scattering calculations. For n = 2 solitons, fission occurs within a distance of 15 km for an initial pulse width of 10 psec.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
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