Quantum theory of Manakov solitons

Darren Rand, Ken Steiglitz, Paul R. Prucnal

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A fully quantum mechanical model of two-component Manakov solitons is developed in both the Heisenberg and Schrödinger representations, followed by an analytical, linearized quantum theory of Manakov solitons in the Heisenberg picture. This theory is used to analyze the vacuum-induced fluctuations of Manakov soliton propagation and collision. The vacuum fluctuations induce phase diffusion and dispersion in Manakov soliton propagation. Calculations of the position, polarization angle, and polarization state fluctuations show an increase in collision-induced noise with a decrease in the relative velocity between the two solitons, as expected because of an increase in the interaction length. Fluctuations in both the polarization angle and state are shown to be independent of propagation distance, opening up possibilities for communications, switching, and logic, exploiting these properties of Manakov solitons. Calculations of the phase noise reveal, surprisingly, that the collision-induced fluctuations can be reduced slightly below the level of fluctuations in the absence of collision, due to cross-correlation effects between the collision-induced phase and amplitude fluctuations of the soliton. The squeezing effect of Manakov solitons is also studied and proven, unexpectedly, to have the same theoretical optimum as scalar solitons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053805
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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