Firstly, based on the small-signal analysis theory, the nonlinear Schrodinger equation (NLSE) with fiber loss is solved. It is also adapted to the NLSE with the high-order dispersion terms. Furthermore, a general theory on cross-phase modulation (XPM) intensity fluctuation which adapted to all kinds of modulation formats (continuous wave, non-return-to-zero wave, and return-zero pulse wave) is presented. Secondly, by the Green function method, the NLSE is directly solved in the time domain. It does not bring any spurious effect compared with the split-step method in which the step size has to be carefully controlled. Additionally, the fourth-order dispersion coefficient of fibers can be estimated by the Green function solution of NLSE. The fourth-order dispersion coefficient varies with distance slightly and is about 0.002 ps4/km, 0.003 ps4/nm, and 0.00032 ps4/nm for SMF, NZDSF, and DCF, respectively. In the zero-dispersion regime, the higher-order nonlinear effect (higher than self-steepening) has a strong impact on the short pulse shape, but this effect degrades rapidly with the increase of β 2. Finally, based on the traveling wave solution of NLSE for ASE noise, the probability density function of ASE by solving the Fokker-Planck equation including the dispersion effect is presented.
- small-signal analysis
- Green function
- traveling wave solution
- Fokker-Planck equation
- nonlinear Schrodinger equation
The numerical simulation and analytical models of nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) play important roles in the design optimization of optical communication systems. They help to understand the underlying physics phenomena of the ultrashort pulses in the nonlinear and dispersion medium.
The inverse scattering , variation, and perturbation methods  could obtain the analytical solutions under some special conditions. These included the inverse scattering method for classical solitons , the dam-break approximation for the non-return-to-zero pulses with the extremely small chromatic dispersion , and the perturbation theory for the multidimensional NLSE in the field of molecular physics . When a large nonlinear phase was accumulated, the Volterra series approach was adopted . With the assumption of the perturbations, the NLSE with varying dispersion, nonlinearity, and gain or absorption parameters was solved in . In , the generalized Kantorovitch method was introduced in the extended NLSE. By introducing Rayleigh’s dissipation function in Euler-Lagrange equation, the algebraic modification projected the extended NLSE as a frictional problem and successfully solved the soliton transmission problems .
Since the numerical computation of solving NLSE is a huge time-consuming process, the fast algorithms and efficient implementations, focusing on (i) an accurate numerical integration scheme and (ii) an intelligent control of the longitudinal spatial step size, are required.
The finite differential method  and the pseudo-spectral method  were adopted to increase accuracy and efficiency and suppress numerically induced spurious effects. The adaptive spatial step size-controlling method  and the predictor-corrector method  were proposed to speed up the implementation of split-step Fourier method (SSFM). The cubic (or higher order) B-splines were used to handle nonuniformly sampled optical pulse profiles in the time domain . The Runge-Kutta method in the interaction picture was applied to calculate the effective refractive index, effective area, dispersion, and nonlinear coefficients .
Recently, the generalized NLSE, taking into account the dispersion of the transverse field distribution, is derived . By an inhomogeneous quasi-linear first-order hyperbolic system, the accurate simulations of the intensity and phase for the Schrödinger-type pulse propagation were obtained . It has been demonstrated that modulation instability (MI) can exist in the normal GVD regime in the higher-order NLSE in the presence of non-Kerr quintic nonlinearities .
In this chapter, several methods to solve the NLSE will be presented: (1) The small-signal analysis theory and split-step Fourier method to solve the coupled NLSE problem, the MI intensity fluctuation caused by SPM and XPM, can be derived. Furthermore, this procedure is also adapted to NLSE with high-order dispersion terms. The impacts of fiber loss on MI gain spectrum can be discussed. The initial stage of MI can be described, and then the whole evolution of MI can also be discussed in this way; (2) the Green function to solve NLSE in the time domain. By this solution, the second-, third-, and fourth-order dispersion coefficients is discussed; and (3) the traveling wave solution to solve NLSE for ASE noise and its probability density function.
2. Small-signal analysis solution of NLSE for MI generation
2.1 Theory for continuous wave
The NLSE governing the field in nonlinear and dispersion medium is
Usually, the field amplitudes can be written as
is caused by the nonlinear effect, and .
is the average signal intensity. is the noise or modulation term. There is 
The amplitude can be regarded as
The small-signal theory implies that the frequency modulation or noise is small enough. Finally ()
The operation can be split into its real and imaginary parts:
The modulation or noise is
When only intensity modulation is present and no phase modulation exists, the transfer function is obtained. The 3 dB cutoff frequency corresponds to in [22, 23]. This treatment is also adaptable to the case that only the nonlinear phase (frequency) modulation is present; then, the intensity modulation due to FM-IM conversion is given as
This is in very good agreement with  for small-phase modulation index. Even for large modulation index , the difference is within 0.5 dB. Eq. (10) does not include a Bessel function, so it is simpler than that in .
The corresponding MI gain
Figure 2 shows a comparison of the gain spectra between Eq. (11) and  for the case . The maximum frequency modulation index caused by dispersion corresponds to [22, 23], and the maximum value of the sideband is , so the choice of
2.2 The general theory on cross-phase modulation (XPM) intensity fluctuation
For the general case of two channels, the input optical powers are denoted by , respectively . Only in the first walk-off length, the nonlinear interaction (XPM) is taken into account; in the remaining fibers, signals are propagated linearly along the fibers, and dispersion acts on the phase-modulated signal resulting in intensity fluctuation. According to , the whole length
This phase shift is converted to an intensity fluctuation through the group velocity dispersion (GVD) from
representing the convolution operation , where
The walk-off between co-propagating waves is regulated by the convolution operation.
3. Green function method for the time domain solution of NLSE
3.1 NLSE including the resonant and nonresonant cubic susceptibility tensors
From Maxwell’s equation, the field in fibers satisfies
where is the vector field and is the linear susceptibility. and represent the linear and nonlinear induced fields, respectively . The cubic susceptibility tensor including the resonant and nonresonant terms is
Repeating the process of 
, there is
, where is the center frequency.
where is the Raman gain and is the Raman non-gain coefficients.
3.2 The solution by Green function
The solution has the form
Then, there is
and taking the operator as a perturbation item, we first solve the eigen equation .
Assuming , we get the corresponding characteristic equation:
Its characteristic roots are . The solution can be represented as
where and are determined by the initial pulse. The Green function of (30) is
By the construction method, it is
At the point , there are
Let , then
Finally, the solution of (27) can be written with the eigen function and Green function:
The accuracy can be estimated by the last item of (40). The algorithm is plotted in Figure 3 .
3.3 Estimation of the fourth-order dispersion coefficient
The NLSE governing the wave’s transmission in fibers is
where , , and represents the Fourier transform . Let and ; we obtain the Green function
Constructing the iteration , , then there is
where and is determined by (42).
The minimum value of satisfies , so
Next, we take the higher-order nonlinear effect into account. Constructing another iteration related to , and repeating the above process, we get
Now, we can simulate the pulse shape affected by high-order dispersive and nonlinear effects. Assume and .
Firstly, we see what will be induced by the above items and . To extrude their impact, we choose the other parameters to be small values in Figures 4 and 5 . The deviation between the red and the black lines in Figure 4(a) indicates the impact of and ; that is, they induce the pulse’s symmetrical split. This split does not belong to the SPM-induced broadening oscillation spectral or -induced oscillation in the tailing edge of the pulse, because here is very small and . The self-steepening effect attributing to
Is the pulse split in Figure 4(a) caused by or ? The red lines in Figure 5 describe the evolution of pulse affected by the very small second-order dispersion and nonlinear (including self-steepening) coefficients. Here, induces the pulse’s symmetrical split, and the maximum peaks of split pulse alter and vary from the spectral central to the edge and to the central again. Therefore, its effect is equal to that of the fourth-order dispersion [33, 34, 3].
From the deviation between the red and black lines in Figure 5 , we can also detect the impact of . It only accelerates the pulse’s split when the self-steepening effect is ignored (
Generally, we do not take into account, so we should clarify in which case it creates impact. Compared (c) with (b) in Figure 5 , the red lines change little means that has a tiny relationship with
Table 2 is the average of . They are different from those determined by FWM or MI where is related to power and broadening frequency [35, 36]. By our method, the fourth-order dispersion is also a function of distance, and every type of fibers has its special average which reveals the characteristic of fibers. These values are similar to those experiment results in highly nonlinear fibers [35, 36]. Although we take the higher-order nonlinear effect into account which upgrades the pulse’s symmetrical split and redshift, the items
4. Traveling wave solution of NLSE for ASE noise
4.1 The in-phase and quadrature components of ASE noise
The field including the complex envelopes of signal and ASE noise is:
where and are the complex envelopes of signal and ASE noise, respectively [37, 38].
So, the in-phase and quadrature components of ASE noise obey:
We now seek their traveling wave solution by taking  , and .
Then, (49) and (50) are converted into
(52) is differentiated to
Replacing and in (53) with (51) and the differential of (51), there are
From (51) and (54), we can easily obtain
In the above calculation process,
4.2 Probability density function of ASE noise
Because and have been solved, the time differentials of (49) and (50) can be calculated. Thus, the stochastic differential equations (ITO forms) around and are
Now, they can be regarded as the stationary equations, and we can gain their probabilities according to Sections (7.3) and (7.4) in . By solving the corresponding Fokker-Planck equations of (60) and (61), the probabilities of ASE noise are
are determined by . Compared with , these probabilities of ASE noise take dispersion effect into account. This is the first time that the p.d.f. of ASE noise simultaneously including dispersion and nonlinear effects is presented.
(66) and (67) are efficient in the models of Gaussian and correlated non-Gaussian processes as our (49) and (50). Obviously, the Gaussian distribution has been distorted. They are no longer symmetrical distributions, and both have phase shifts consistent with , and as its authors have expected that “if the dispersion effect was taken into account, the asymmetric modulation side bands occur.” The reasons are that item in (48) brings the phase shift and item brings the expansion and induces the side bands, the self-phase modulation effects, and the cross-phase modulation effects. Their synthesis impact is amplified by (66) and (67) and results in the complete non-Gaussian distributions.
NLSE is solved with small-signal analyses for the analyses of MI, and it can be broadened to all signal formats. The equation can be solved by introducing the Green function in the time domain, and it is used as the tool for the estimations of high-order dispersion and nonlinear coefficients. For the conventional fibers, SMF, NZDSF, and DCF, the higher-order nonlinear effect contribution to
By the traveling wave methods, the p.d.f. of ASE noise can be obtained, and it provides a method for the calculation of ASE noise in WDM systems. So, the properties of MI, pulse fission, coefficient value, and ASE noise’s probability density function are also discussed for demonstrations of the theories.