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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1518–1520

Self-trapping threshold in disordered nonlinear photonic lattices

U. Naether, M. Heinrich, Y. Lahini, S. Nolte, R. A. Vicencio, M. I. Molina, and A. Szameit  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 9, pp. 1518-1520 (2013)

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We investigate numerically and experimentally the influence of coupling disorder on the self-trapping dynamics in nonlinear one-dimensional optical waveguide arrays. The existence of a lower and upper bound of the effective average propagation constant allows for a generalized definition of the threshold power for the onset of soliton localization. When compared to perfectly ordered systems, this threshold is found to decrease in the presence of coupling disorder.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 1, 2013
Published: April 29, 2013

U. Naether, M. Heinrich, Y. Lahini, S. Nolte, R. A. Vicencio, M. I. Molina, and A. Szameit, "Self-trapping threshold in disordered nonlinear photonic lattices," Opt. Lett. 38, 1518-1520 (2013)

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