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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1254–1256

Surface-wave pyroelectric photorefractive solitons

Jassem Safioui, Eugenio Fazio, Fabrice Devaux, and Mathieu Chauvet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 8, pp. 1254-1256 (2010)

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Surface-wave solitons, induced by the pyroelectric effect, are formed at the interface between a photorefractive ferroelectric medium and a linear medium. These optical solitons are trapped in both transverse dimensions and are efficiently attracted to the interface. The asymmetric shape of the nonlinear index change formed under the charge saturation regime is responsible for the surface-wave solitons’ formation. Experimental demonstrations are performed in a lithium niobate sample with moderate temperature change. The phenomenon is successfully explained through numerical simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5320) Materials : Photorefractive materials
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 9, 2010
Published: April 15, 2010

Jassem Safioui, Eugenio Fazio, Fabrice Devaux, and Mathieu Chauvet, "Surface-wave pyroelectric photorefractive solitons," Opt. Lett. 35, 1254-1256 (2010)

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