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  • Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference
  • OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 1995),
  • paper QTuD2

Photorefractive dark solitons as waveguides

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Abstract

Recently, we reported on the prediction1,2 and observation3 of a new type of spatial soliton. For this new spatial soliton, compensation for diffraction is accomplished through the photorefractive effect. In this case, a Gaussian beam incident on a photorefractive crystal is trapped at a diameter of about 30 μm and propagates through the crystal while maintaining its spatial shape and defying the rules of diffraction. We have referred to our observation as a photorefractive bright soliton.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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