Abstract

It is demonstrated that the rms width of optical pulses propagating along an optical fiber varies parabolically with distance, irrespective of initial pulse form or frequency chirp. This result is used to analyze the propagation characteristics of super-Gaussian optical pulses with respect to pulse broadening, pulse compression, and information-carrying capability. Comparison with the corresponding properties for Gaussian pulses clearly shows the optimum character of the latter.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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