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Sub-diffraction-limited localized structures: influence of linear non-local interactions
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Paper Abstract

Cavity solitons are controllable two-dimensional transverse Localized Structures (LS) in dissipative optical cavities. Such LS have been suggested for use in optical data storage and information processing. Typically, diffraction constrains the size of these light spots to be of the order of the square root of the diffraction coefficient of the system. Due to recent advances in the development of metamaterials, the diffraction strength in a cavity could be controlled by adding a left-handed material layer in a Fabry-Perot resonator together with a traditional nonlinear material. This system thus potentially allows for LS beyond the size limit imposed by natural diffraction. However, when the diffraction strength becomes smaller, the non-local response of the left-handed metamaterial starts to dominate the nonlinear spatiotemporal dynamics. Considering a typical linear non-local response, we develop a mean-field model describing the spatiotemporal evolution of LS. First, the influence of this non-local response on the minimal attainable width of the LS is studied [Gelens et al., Phys. Rev. A 75, 063812 (2007)]. Secondly, we elaborate on the different possible mechanisms that can destabilize the LS, leading to stable oscillations, expanding patterns, or making the LS disappear. Furthermore, we also show multiple routes towards excitability present in the system. We demonstrate that these different regions admitting stationary, oscillating or excitable LS unfold from two Takens-Bogdanov codimension-2 points [Gelens et al., Phys. Rev. A 77 (2008)].

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6987, Metamaterials III, 69870B (6 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.781366
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L. Gelens, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
G. Van der Sande, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
P. Tassin, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
D. Gomila, Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)
P. Colet, Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)
M. A. Matías, Univ. Illes Balears (Spain)
M. Tlidi, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
P. Kockaert, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
I. Veretennicoff, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
J. Danckaert, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6987:
Metamaterials III
Nigel P. Johnson; Ekmel Özbay; Nikolay I. Zheludev; Richard W. Ziolkowski, Editor(s)

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