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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2004
  • pp: 887–889

Optical light bullets in a pure Kerr medium

Gadi Fibich and Boaz Ilan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 8, pp. 887-889 (2004)

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We show that small negative fourth-order dispersion can arrest spatiotemporal collapse of ultrashort pulses with anomalous dispersion in a planar waveguide with pure Kerr nonlinearity, resulting in (2+1) D optical bullets. Similarly to solitons, these bullets undergo elastic collisions. Since these bullets can self-trap from noisy Gaussian input beams and propagate without any power losses, this result may be used to realize experimentally stable, nondissipative optical bullets.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

Gadi Fibich and Boaz Ilan, "Optical light bullets in a pure Kerr medium," Opt. Lett. 29, 887-889 (2004)

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