Dispersive shock waves in nonlinear arrays

Shu Jia, Wenjie Wan, Jason W. Fleischer

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We experimentally study dispersive shock waves in nonlinear waveguide arrays. In contrast with gap solitons, the nonlinearity here pushes the propagation constant further into the transmission bands, facilitating Bloch mode coupling and energy transport. We directly observe this coupling, both within and between bands, by recording intensity in position space and power spectra in momentum space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number223901
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 27 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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