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Lightons: phonons with light
Author(s): Nuno A. Silva; M. I. Carvalho; A. Guerreiro
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Paper Abstract

Spatial solitons are robust localized nonlinear waves that are able to propagate without significant changes to their structure. Most of the proposal of the application of solitons uses them to transmit and process information in optical fibers and optical circuits. In the later the solitons can be guided through different paths by presetting some soliton characteristics (such as the phase), and even using some solitons to control the path of other pulses. In this paper, we use these properties of optical spatial solitons in a cubic nonlinear media to have lightons: phonon-like oscillations of a chain of solitonic light pulses. Conceptually, this work aims to explore the dual nature of solitons as a particle-like wave, by considering the displacement wave of solitons in a 1-dimensional chain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8785, 8th Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 11th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Applications, 8785FJ (18 November 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027613
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Nuno A. Silva, INESC TEC - UOSE (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
M. I. Carvalho, Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
INESC TEC - UTM (Portugal)
A. Guerreiro, INESC TEC - UOSE (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8785:
8th Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 11th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Applications
Manuel Filipe P. C. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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