Talbot solitons

Oren Cohen*, Lip Fah Chong, Tal Schwartz, Tenio Popmintchev, Margaret M. Murnane, Henry C. Kapteyn

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We propose a new type of scalar wave-mixing optical solitons, Talbot solitons. The soliton consists of sinusoidal and uniform components that are mutually coherent and jointly trapped in one direction. The intensity structure of the soliton oscillates in the propagation direction as a result of the linear Talbot effect and periodic nonlinear energy exchange between the components. Talbot solitons induce a ID waveguide and a 2D photonic lattice within the waveguide that may be used for quasi-phase matching of frequency conversion and as a tunable waveguide filter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-832
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


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