To break cylindrical symmetry and to achieve fully three-dimensional collisions of bistable light bullets, we have investigated the effect of a varying impact parameter. Novel effects such as soliton tunneling and spiral arm formation have been observed, some of which have no direct one-dimensional analog. The extreme stability and attractorlike behavior of optical bullets is demonstrated.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 26, 1993
Published: October 1, 1993
D. E. Edmundson and R. H. Enns, "Fully three-dimensional collisions of bistable light bullets," Opt. Lett. 18, 1609-1611 (1993)