Sheppard, Adrian Paul
This thesis examines the properties of light beams that are able to trap themselves
and propagate without diffraction in nonlinear Kerr materials. Beams of this type,
called spatial solitary waves, have potential applications to all-optical switching devices
and optical computing. We also study them because they are governed by versatile
mathematical models that, in addition to guided waves, describe a variety of physical
systems. One may therefore understand more than one physical process...[Show more]
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