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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4566–4568

Zeno effect and switching of solitons in nonlinear couplers

F. Kh. Abdullaev, V. V. Konotop, M. Ögren, and M. P. Sørensen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 23, pp. 4566-4568 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.004566


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Abstract

The Zeno effect is investigated for soliton type pulses in a nonlinear directional coupler with dissipation. The effect consists in increase of the coupler transparency with increase of the dissipative losses in one of the arms. It is shown that localized dissipation can lead to switching of solitons between the arms. Power losses accompanying the switching can be fully compensated by using a combination of dissipative and active (in particular, parity-time-symmetric) segments.

OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2011
Published: November 25, 2011

Citation
F. Kh. Abdullaev, V. V. Konotop, M. Ögren, and M. P. Sørensen, "Zeno effect and switching of solitons in nonlinear couplers," Opt. Lett. 36, 4566-4568 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-23-4566

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