Strong polarization changes are observed near the soliton power in a planar waveguide filled with an isotropic material (CS<sub>2</sub>). Only pure TM and TE modes retain their polarization. The presence of even a small input TE component tends to transform the output polarization into TE polarization. The experimental results are in agreement with coupled-mode theory and facilitate optical switching applications.
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D. Wang, R. Barille, and G. Rivoire, "Influence of soliton propagation on the beam-polarization dynamics in a planar waveguide," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 2731-2737 (1998)