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Localized structures in nonlinear optical cavities
Author(s): Damià Gomila; Pere Colet; Manuel A. Matías; Gian-Luca Oppa; Maxi San Miguel
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Paper Abstract

Dissipative localized structures, also known as cavity solitons, arise in the transverse plane of several nonlinear optical devices. We present two general mechanisms for their formation and some scenarios for their instability. In situations of coexistence of a homogeneous and a pattern state, we characterize excitable behavior mediated by localized structures. In this scenario, excitability emerges directly from the spatial dependence since it is absent in the purely temporal dynamics. In situations of coexistence of two homogeneous states, we discuss localized structures either due to the interaction of front tails (dark ring cavity solitons) or due to a balance between curvature effects and modulational instabilities of front solutions (stable droplets).

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5975, Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics, 59750U (3 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.675575
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Damià Gomila, Campus Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)
Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Pere Colet, Campus Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)
Manuel A. Matías, Campus Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)
Gian-Luca Oppa, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Maxi San Miguel, Campus Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5975:
Topical Problems of Nonlinear Wave Physics
Alexander M. Sergeev, Editor(s)

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