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Linear and nonlinear light bullets: recent developments
Author(s): Dumitru Mihalache
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Paper Abstract

The spatiotemporal optical solitons (alias nonlinear “light bullets”) are nondiffracting and nondispersing wave packets propagating in nonlinear optical media. The three-dimensional spatiotemporal solitons are localized (self-guided) in two transverse (spatial) dimensions and in the direction of propagation due to the balance of anomalous group-velocity dispersion of the medium in which they form and nonlinear self-phase modulation. The formation of fully threedimensional spatiotemporal optical solitons in two-dimensional photonic lattices was reported in recent experiments. Also, linear light bullets, which are robust and versatile localized wave packets combining Bessel beams in the transverse plane with temporal Airy pulses have been reported experimentally. A brief up-to-date survey of recent theoretical and experimental studies of the formation, stability and robustness of linear and nonlinear light bullets in various physical settings is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8882, ROMOPTO 2012: Tenth Conference on Optics: Micro- to Nanophotonics III, 88820J (10 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2032565
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Dumitru Mihalache, Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8882:
ROMOPTO 2012: Tenth Conference on Optics: Micro- to Nanophotonics III
Valentin I. Vlad, Editor(s)

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