Polarisation effects in the theory of optical solitons
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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