We discuss the creation of an array of 9 × 9 photorefractive spatial screening solitons in a strontium barium niobate crystal. We investigate the waveguide properties of each channel with a beam of different wavelength and find that the waveguides guide the probe beam independently. A supplementary beam is used to influence the paths of the array solitons and to effectively combine two channels by use of mutual attraction of solitons. To our knowledge this is the first all-optical control of an array of photorefractive solitons. Furthermore, we show that in principle image procession is possible with parallel propagation of photorefractive solitons.
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Jürgen Petter, Jochen Schröder, Denis Träger, and Cornelia Denz, "Optical control of arrays of photorefractive screening solitons," Opt. Lett. 28, 438-440 (2003)