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Self-Focusing Revisited: Spatial Solitons, Light Bullets and Optical Pulse Collapse

  • Y. Silberberg
  • J. S. Aitchison
  • A. M. Weiner
  • D. E. Leaird
  • M. K. Oliver
  • J. L. Jackel
  • P. W. E. Smith

Abstract

Self-focusing and self-trapping is a subject which is almost as old as the field of nonlinear optics. It is well-known that self-trapping in an optical Kerr medium is unstable in three dimensions, but it is stable when diffraction is limited to one transverse dimension, such as in a planar waveguide. Recently we have looked, both experimentally and theoretically, into several aspects of self-action of intense optical fields in nonlinear media. In this talk we will stress some of the open questions that pose a challenge for numerical works in the field.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Silberberg
    • 1
  • J. S. Aitchison
    • 1
  • A. M. Weiner
    • 1
  • D. E. Leaird
    • 1
  • M. K. Oliver
    • 1
  • J. L. Jackel
    • 1
  • P. W. E. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.BellcoreRed BankUSA

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