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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1999
  • pp: 327–329

Interaction between vector solitons and solitonic gluons

Elena A. Ostrovskaya, Yuri S. Kivshar, Zhigang Chen, and Mordechai Segev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 5, pp. 327-329 (1999)

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We describe a physical mechanism for creating multisoliton bound states by which optical solitons are glued together by attraction between the nonsoliton beams that they guide, solitonic gluons. We verify the concept of the solitonic gluons experimentally, observing a suppression of the repulsion between dark solitons owing to an attractive force acting between out-of-phase bright guided beams.

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OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters

Elena A. Ostrovskaya, Yuri S. Kivshar, Zhigang Chen, and Mordechai Segev, "Interaction between vector solitons and solitonic gluons," Opt. Lett. 24, 327-329 (1999)

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