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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 16 — Aug. 8, 2005
  • pp: 6202–6211

Self-organization of spatial solitons

Martin Centurion, Ye Pu, and Demetri Psaltis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 16, pp. 6202-6211 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.006202


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Abstract

We present experimental results on the transverse modulation instability of an elliptical beam propagating in a bulk nonlinear Kerr medium, and the formation and self-organization of spatial solitons. We have observed the emergence of order, self organization and a transition to an unstable state. Order emerges through the formation of spatial solitons in a periodic array. If the initial period of the array is unstable the solitons will tend to self-organize into a larger (more stable) period. Finally the system transitions to a disordered state where most of the solitons disappear and the beam profile becomes unstable to small changes in the input energy.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
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History
Original Manuscript: June 1, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2005
Published: August 8, 2005

Citation
Martin Centurion, Ye Pu, and Demetri Psaltis, "Self-organization of spatial solitons," Opt. Express 13, 6202-6211 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-16-6202


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