Abstract

Propagation of optical pulses in the whispering-gallery modes of a dielectric sphere is described. The pulse duration is assumed to be small compared with the round-trip transit time so that individual pulses can be resolved. Modal dispersion is calculated from an asymptotic expression for the frequency dependence of the propagation. The possibility of soliton propagation at certain wavelengths is discussed.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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