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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2013
  • pp: 3585–3587

Interactions between self-channeled optical beams in soft-matter systems with artificial nonlinearities

Shima Fardad, Matthew S. Mills, Peng Zhang, Weining Man, Zhigang Chen, and D. N. Christodoulides  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 18, pp. 3585-3587 (2013)

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We demonstrate optical interactions between stable self-trapped optical beams in soft-matter systems with pre-engineered saturable self-focusing optical nonlinearities. Our experiments, carried out in dilute suspensions of particles with negative polarizabilities, show that optical beam interactions can vary from attractive to repulsive, or can display an energy exchange depending on the initial relative phases. The corresponding observations are in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.3970) Nonlinear optics : Microparticle nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: April 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2013
Published: September 9, 2013

Shima Fardad, Matthew S. Mills, Peng Zhang, Weining Man, Zhigang Chen, and D. N. Christodoulides, "Interactions between self-channeled optical beams in soft-matter systems with artificial nonlinearities," Opt. Lett. 38, 3585-3587 (2013)

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