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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

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

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