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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Mar. 29, 2010
  • pp: 7376–7383

A dissipative attractor in the spatiotemporal collapse of ultrashort light pulses

Miguel A. Porras  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 7376-7383 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.007376


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Abstract

Spatiotemporal self-focusing in nonlinear lossy media pushes ultrashort pulses towards a universal, non-solitary and non-conical light-bullet wave state defined by the medium solely, and characterized by maximum energy losses. Its stationary propagation relies on a balance between nonlinear losses and the refuelling effect of self-focusing. No balancing gain is required for stationarity. These purely lossy dissipative light-bullets can explain many aspects of the filamentary dynamics in nonlinear media with anomalous dispersion.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2010
Published: March 24, 2010

Citation
Miguel A. Porras, "A dissipative attractor in the spatiotemporal collapse of ultrashort light pulses," Opt. Express 18, 7376-7383 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-7-7376


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  24. This peak power is slightly higher than the power Pcr = 2λ20/[4πn(ω0)n2] for spatial self-focusing.

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