Soliton-driven Photonics

  • A. D. Boardman
  • A. P. Sukhorukov

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. A. D. Boardman, M. Xie
    Pages 1-20
  3. George I. Stegeman
    Pages 21-39
  4. M. A. Karpierz
    Pages 41-57
  5. N. V. Ostrovskaia
    Pages 59-63
  6. Giuseppe Leo, Gaetano Assanto
    Pages 77-86
  7. M. Aksoy, M. S. Kiliçkaya
    Pages 87-90
  8. C. Cambournac, M. Chauvet, J. M. Dudley, E. Lantz, H. Maillotte
    Pages 99-102
  9. A. SzymaŃska, T. R. WoliŃski
    Pages 103-106
  10. A. D. Boardman, W. Ilecki, Y. Liu, A. A. Zharov
    Pages 107-110
  11. Andrey A. Sukhorukov
    Pages 111-114
  12. A. I. Smirnov, A. A. Zharov
    Pages 141-167
  13. C. O. Weiss, V. B. Taranenko, M. Vaupel, K. Staliunas, G. Slekys, M. F. H. Tarroja
    Pages 169-210
  14. Roman R. Malendevich, Hui Fang, Roland Schiek, George I. Stegeman
    Pages 219-222
  15. Carsten Weilnau, Cornelia Denz, Wieslaw Krolikowski, Matthias Geisser, Glen McCarthy, Barry Luther-Davies et al.
    Pages 229-234
  16. O. A. Egorov, A. P. Sukhorukov, I.G. Zakharova
    Pages 239-243
  17. I. V. Shadrivov, A. A. Zharov
    Pages 257-260
  18. Zhigang Chen, Jill Klinger, Hector Martin
    Pages 261-265
  19. Gaetano Assanto, Claudio Conti, Stefano Trillo
    Pages 267-291
  20. K. Marinov, D. I. Pushkarov, A. Shivarova
    Pages 293-316
  21. Lars Friedrich, Roman R. Malendevich, George I. Stegeman, Jose M. Soto-Crespo, Nail N. Akhmediev, J. Stewart Aitchison
    Pages 317-320
  22. A. V. Pimenov, A. P. Sukhorukov
    Pages 321-324
  23. V. A. Eremenko, Yu. N. Cherkashin
    Pages 325-328
  24. M. Chauvet, C. Cambournac, S. Chauvin, H. Maillotte
    Pages 329-332
  25. P. Khadzhi, O. Tatarinskaya, O. Orlov
    Pages 333-337
  26. I. A. Molotkov, N. I. Manaenkova
    Pages 339-342
  27. A. D. Boardman, Y. Liu, W. Ilecki
    Pages 343-346
  28. D. A. Chuprakov, X. Lu, A. P. Sukhorukov
    Pages 347-350
  29. K. Marinov, D. I. Pushkarov, A. Shivarova
    Pages 351-354
  30. I. G. Koprinkov, Akira Suda, Pengqian Wang, Katsumi Midorikawa
    Pages 355-358
  31. W. K. Bajdecki, M. A. Karpierz
    Pages 359-362
  32. Nail Akhmediev
    Pages 371-395
  33. E. Weinert-Raczka
    Pages 397-421
  34. Anatoly P. Sukhorukov
    Pages 423-443
  35. Tal Carmon, Raam Uzdin, Claude Pigier, Ziad H. Musslimani, Mordechai Segev, A. Nepomnyashchy
    Pages 449-457
  36. William J. Firth
    Pages 459-485

About this book


It is ironic that the ideas ofNewton, which described a beam of light as a stream ofparticles made it difficult for him to explain things like thin film interference. Yet these particles, called 'photons', have caused the adjective 'photonic' to gain common usage, when referring to optical phenomena. The purist might argue that only when we are confronted by the particle nature of light should we use the word photonics. Equally, the argument goes on, only when we are face-to­ face with an integrable system, i. e. one that possesses an infinite number of conserved quantities, should we say soliton rather than solitary wave. Scientists and engineers are pragmatic, however, and they are happy to use the word 'soliton' to describe what appears to be an excitation that is humped, multi­ humped, or localised long enough for some use to be made of it. The fact that such 'solitons' may stick to each other (fuse) upon collision is often something to celebrate for an application, rather than just evidence that, after all, these are not really solitons, in the classic sense. 'Soliton', therefore, is a widely used term with the qualification that we are constantly looking out for deviant behaviour that draws our attention to its solitary wave character. In the same spirit, 'photonics' is a useful generic cover-all noun, even when 'electromagnetic theory' or 'optics' would suffice.


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Editors and affiliations

  • A. D. Boardman
    • 1
  • A. P. Sukhorukov
    • 2
  1. 1.Joule Laboratory, Department of PhysicsUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.Radiophysics Department, Physics FacultyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-7131-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0682-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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