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Dispersion Management

Definition: the use of tailored chromatic dispersion to enhance the function of optical devices or systems

German: Dispersions-Management

Categories: lasers, lightwave communications, light pulses, methods

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Dispersion management is a somewhat wider term than dispersion compensation, even though both are often used in the same way. Strictly, dispersion compensation should be understood as a method for canceling the chromatic dispersion of some optical element(s), whereas dispersion management is more generally the use of tailored dispersion properties in order to enhance some function.

Examples of dispersion management in different situations are:


The RP Photonics Buyer's Guide contains 6 suppliers for dispersion management devices. Among them:

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[9]L. F. Mollenauer et al., “Demonstration of massive wavelength-division multiplexing over transoceanic distances by use of dispersion-managed solitons”, Opt. Lett. 25 (10), 704 (2000), doi:10.1364/OL.25.000704
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See also: dispersion, chromatic dispersion, dispersion compensation, optical fiber communications
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