A pulselike wave that can exist in nonlinear systems, does not obey the superposition principle, and does not disperse.
(physics) A solitary wavelike disturbance that maintains its shape and velocity despite collisions with other such disturbances.
A laser pulse that retains its shape in a fiber over long distances. By generating the pulse at a certain frequency and at a certain power level, the pulse takes advantage of competing dispersion effects. As it travels, the pulse is lengthened and then shortened back to its original size.
Origin of soliton
- solit(ary) –on
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- solitary +"Ž -on