Observation of Discrete Solitons in Optically Induced Real Time Waveguide Arrays

Jason W. Fleischer, Tal Carmon, Mordechai Segev, Nikos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides

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Abstract

We report the first experimental observation of discrete solitons in an array of optically induced waveguides. The waveguide lattice is induced in real time by illuminating a photorefractive crystal with a pair of interfering plane waves. We demonstrate two types of bright discrete solitons: in-phase self-localized states and the staggered ([Formula presented] out-of-phase) soliton family. This experiment is the first observation of bright staggered solitons in any physical system. Our scheme paves the way for reconfigurable focusing and defocusing photonic lattices where low-power (mW) discrete solitons can be thoroughly investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume90
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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