Spatial Solitons in Saturating Nonlinear Materials

  • B. Luther-Davies
  • V. Tikhonenko
  • J. Christou
  • W. Krolikowski
  • Y. Kivshar
  • N. Akmediev
Conference paper
Part of the Centre de Physique des Houches book series (LHWINTER, volume 12)


Spatial solitons are self-trapped optical beams which “write” waveguides into a nonlinear material. These soliton induced waveguides could be very useful in areas such as optical switching if suitable nonlinear materials were developed, To sustain a soliton the nonlinearity must be rather large, and in most experimental work on spatial solitons saturation of the nonlinear response occurs. Saturation can have marked quantitative and qualitative effect on the behaviour of the solitons. This lecture describes with reference to experiments some properties of spatial solitons in saturating materials.


Nonlinear Material Dark Soliton Bright Soliton Spatial Soliton Background Wave 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Luther-Davies
    • 1
  • V. Tikhonenko
    • 1
  • J. Christou
    • 1
  • W. Krolikowski
    • 1
  • Y. Kivshar
    • 2
  • N. Akmediev
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre, Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre, Optical Sciences Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and EngineeringAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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