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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12365–12372

Surface lattice kink solitons

Yaroslav V. Kartashov, Victor A. Vysloukh, and Lluis Torner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12365-12372 (2006)

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We predict theoretically that surface of an optical lattice imprinted in defocusing nonlinear media can support shock, or kink waves. Such new surface waves contain a modulationally stable pedestal and are strongly localized at the edge of the optical lattice due to Bragg-type reflection. The kink steepness and localization degree can be controlled by the lattice depth. We found two types of kinks, which exhibit distinct stability properties for each finite gap in the lattice spectrum. Our findings open the way to experimental observation of optical surface kink waves.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

Yaroslav V. Kartashov, Victor A. Vysloukh, and Lluis Torner, "Surface lattice kink solitons," Opt. Express 14, 12365-12372 (2006)

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