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One dimensional discrete linear and Kerr nonlinear optics
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Paper Abstract

Discrete optical phenomena occur in one dimensional periodic arrays of parallel coupled waveguides. Coupling between adjacent waveguides leads to a novel form of "discrete" diffraction, periodic dispersion relations involving multiple bands, and contain regions of both normal, anomalous and zero diffraction. This in turn impacts many linear diffraction phenomena, for example the Talbot effect. It also results in a diversity of phenomena in nonlinear optics including novel types of spatial solitons, beam break-up also known as filamentation, and solitonic interactions. The fundamental concepts are reviewed here and interesting examples of discrete optical phenomena discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6604, 14th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 660417 (13 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.727101
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George Stegeman, College of Optics and Photonics/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Demetrius Christodoulides, College of Optics and Photonics/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6604:
14th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications

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