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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2982–2984

Transverse instability of transverse-magnetic solitons and nonlinear surface plasmons

Yuan-Yao Lin, Ray-Kuang Lee, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 19, pp. 2982-2984 (2009)

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We analyze stability of the TM polarized optical solitons and nonlinear guided waves localized at a metal-dielectric interface. We demonstrate, both analytically and numerically, that the spatial solitons can experience vectorial transverse modulational instability that leads to the generation of arrays of two-dimensional TM polarized self-trapped localized beams. In a sharp contrast, we reveal that the transverse instability is completely eliminated for nonlinear surface plasmons.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2009
Published: September 25, 2009

Yuan-Yao Lin, Ray-Kuang Lee, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Transverse instability of transverse-magnetic solitons and nonlinear surface plasmons," Opt. Lett. 34, 2982-2984 (2009)

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