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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1911–1919

Spatiotemporal solitons in birefringent media near the zero-dispersion point

E. P. Fitrakis, H. E. Nistazakis, B. A. Malomed, D. J. Frantzeskakis, and P. G. Kevrekidis  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 9, pp. 1911-1919 (2006)

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We present a new species of spatiotemporal solitons (STSs, alias light bullets) that may be formed through the interaction of two waves with different polarizations in a birefringent Kerr medium near the point at which the second-order group-velocity dispersion (GVD) vanishes in the presence of a uniform cw background in one component. The analysis is based on an asymptotic reduction of the two cross-phase, modulation-coupled ( 2 + 1 ) -dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equations, incorporating the third-order GVD to the Davey–Stewartson (DS) systems of type I or II for the self-defocusing and focusing Kerr nonlinearity, respectively. The STSs are then predicted following the pattern of the dromion solutions of the DS-I system and lump solitons of the DS-II system. Strictly speaking, the solitons are unstable, but they are shown to be stable objects on experimentally relevant scales of the propagation distance.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 3, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 7, 2006

E. P. Fitrakis, H. E. Nistazakis, B. A. Malomed, D. J. Frantzeskakis, and P. G. Kevrekidis, "Spatiotemporal solitons in birefringent media near the zero-dispersion point," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 1911-1919 (2006)

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