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Exploring dissipative optical solitons controlling gain and loss in atomic systems
Author(s): Nuno A. Silva; T. D. Ferreira; A. Guerreiro
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Paper Abstract

Solitons are localized wave solutions that appear in nonlinear systems when self-focusing effects balance the usual pulse dispersion of common optical media. Their stability and particle-like behavior make them ideal candidates for applications that range from communication to optical computing, but in real world physical systems, dissipative processes makes these otherwise stable solutions unstable, and true solitons are particularly hard to observe in systems featuring non-negligible dissipation. In these cases a special type of localized stable solutions, called dissipative solitons, are still possible to obtain, if in addition to a balance between diffraction and nonlinearity, an equilibrium between gain and loss is also present. In this work we discuss theoretically how a 4-level atomic system and an incoherent pumping process can be an ideal experimental testbed for studying this interesting class of solutions, featuring tunable optical properties and controllable gain/loss dynamics that allow to study both classes of temporal and spatial dissipative optical solitons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11207, Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 1120719 (3 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2527338
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Nuno A. Silva, INESC-TEC (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
T. D. Ferreira, INESC-TEC (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
A. Guerreiro, INESC-TEC (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
The Univ. of Texas at Austin (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11207:
Fourth International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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