On the Optical Soliton-Like Surface Phenomena in Dependence on Preparation Conditions of Matter

  • H.-E. Ponath
  • M. Schubert
Conference paper


A special type of coherent interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter leads to self-induced transparency and the propagation of pulses with a stable envelope in gaseous and condensed matter. This phenomenon can be thought of as the propagation of solitons, a special type of quasi-particles. Slusher[1] gave a survey of solitons in the volume case. Recently the possibility of the occurrence of surface wave pulses that reveal solitonlike properties was reported on[2,3].


  1. 1.
    R. E. Slusher, in Progress in Optics, ed. E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1974 ) Vol. XII, p. 55.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    H.-E. Ponath and M. Schubert, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Lasers and Their Applications (Leipzig, 1981 ) p. 201.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    V. M. Agranovich, V. I. Rupasov, V. Ya. Chernyak, Pism in JETF 33, 196 (1981).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-E. Ponath
    • 1
  • M. Schubert
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich-Schiller-UniversitätJenaGDR

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