Collisions between Optical Spatial Solitons Propagating in Opposite Directions

Oren Cohen, Raam Uzdin, Tal Carmon, Jason W. Fleischer, Mordechai Segev, Serguey Odoulov

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We formulate the theory describing the evolution and interactions between optical spatial solitons that propagate in opposite directions. We show that coherent collisions between counterpropagating solitons give rise to a new focusing mechanism resulting from the interference between the beams, and that interactions between such solitons are insensitive to the relative phase between the beams.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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