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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2839–2841

Optical spatial solitons and modulation instabilities in transparent entangled polymer solutions

Manos Anyfantakis, Benoit Loppinet, George Fytas, and Stergios Pispas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 23, pp. 2839-2841 (2008)

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Fully transparent nondilute polydiene solutions exhibit optical nonlinearities when irradiated by a low-power cw laser in the visible. The formation of optical spatial solitons is imaged through phase contrast microscopy. Both ( 2 + 1 ) D and ( 1 + 1 ) D modulational instabilities are evidenced as 2D and 1D arrays of linear filaments formed by beam defocusing or by using a cylindrical lens. The origin of the nonlinearity remains elusive.

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(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

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Original Manuscript: July 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2008
Published: November 25, 2008

Manos Anyfantakis, Benoit Loppinet, George Fytas, and Stergios Pispas, "Optical spatial solitons and modulation instabilities in transparent entangled polymer solutions," Opt. Lett. 33, 2839-2841 (2008)

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