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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1852–1854

Zero-n gap soliton

Ravi S. Hegde and Herbert G. Winful  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 14, pp. 1852-1854 (2005)

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Periodic structures consisting of alternating layers of positive-index and negative-index materials have a novel bandgap at the frequency at which the average refractive index is zero. We show that, in the presence of a Kerr nonlinearity, this zero-n gap can switch from low transmission to a perfectly transmitting state, forming a nonlinear resonance or gap soliton in the process. This zero-n gap soliton is omnidirectional, in contrast to the usual Bragg gap soliton of positive-index periodic structures.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

Ravi S. Hegde and Herbert G. Winful, "Zero-n gap soliton," Opt. Lett. 30, 1852-1854 (2005)

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