Solitons in Nonlinear Media with an Infinite Range of Nonlocality: First Observation of Coherent Elliptic Solitons and of Vortex-Ring Solitons

Carmel Rotschild*, Oren Cohen, Ofer Manela, Mordechai Segev, Tal Carmon

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Abstract

We present an experimental study on wave propagation in highly nonlocal optically nonlinear media, for which far-away boundary conditions significantly affect the evolution of localized beams. As an example, we set the boundary conditions to be anisotropic and demonstrate the first experimental observation of coherent elliptic solitons. Furthermore, exploiting the natural ability of such nonlinearities to eliminate azimuthal instabilities, we perform the first observation of stable vortex-ring solitons. These features of highly nonlocal nonlinearities affected by far-away boundary conditions open new directions in nonlinear science by facilitating remote control over soliton propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number213904
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume95
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes

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