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Propagation of spatial optical solitons in a dielectric with adjustable nonlinearity

Propagation of spatial optical solitons in a dielectric with adjustable nonlinearity
Propagation of spatial optical solitons in a dielectric with adjustable nonlinearity
We investigate spatial optical solitons propagating in a medium with a saturable but adjustable nonlinearity and a fixed degree of nonlocality. We employ nematic liquid crystals in a planar cell with optical properties tuned by an external voltage and solitons excited in the near infrared. We also demonstrate soliton self-bending versus excitation due to nonlinear variations in walk-off. A theoretical model accounting for the longitudinal derivatives is employed to compute the refractive index distribution and is found in excellent agreement with the experimental data.
1050-2947
023806- [10 pages]
Kaczmarek, Malgosia
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Alberucci, A.
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Piccardi, A.
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Peccianti, M.
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Assanto, G.
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Kaczmarek, Malgosia
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Alberucci, A.
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Piccardi, A.
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Peccianti, M.
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Assanto, G.
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Kaczmarek, Malgosia, Alberucci, A., Piccardi, A., Peccianti, M. and Assanto, G. (2010) Propagation of spatial optical solitons in a dielectric with adjustable nonlinearity. Physical Review A, 82 (2), 023806- [10 pages]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.82.023806).

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We investigate spatial optical solitons propagating in a medium with a saturable but adjustable nonlinearity and a fixed degree of nonlocality. We employ nematic liquid crystals in a planar cell with optical properties tuned by an external voltage and solitons excited in the near infrared. We also demonstrate soliton self-bending versus excitation due to nonlinear variations in walk-off. A theoretical model accounting for the longitudinal derivatives is employed to compute the refractive index distribution and is found in excellent agreement with the experimental data.

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Published date: 12 August 2010
Organisations: Quantum, Light & Matter Group

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Local EPrints ID: 338881
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/338881
ISSN: 1050-2947
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Last modified: 14 Aug 2019 18:50

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