We experimentally observed a counterpropagating dipole-mode vector soliton in a photorefractive SBN:60Ce crystal. We investigated the transient formation dynamics and show that the formation process differs significantly from the copropagating geometry. The experimental results are compared with fully anisotropic numerical simulations and show good qualitative agreement.
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Jochen Schröder, Philip Jander, Cornelia Denz, Tobias Richter, Kristian Motzek, and Friedemann Kaiser, "Counterpropagating dipole-mode vector soliton," Opt. Lett. 30, 1042-1044 (2005)