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All-optical discrete vortex switch

Desyatnikov, Anton S; Dennis, Mark R; Ferrando, Albert

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We introduce discrete vortex solitons and vortex breathers in circular arrays of nonlinear waveguides. The simplest vortex breather in a four-waveguide coupler is a nonlinear dynamic state changing its topological charge between +1 and -1 periodically during propagation. We find the stability domain for this solution and suggest an all-optical vortex switching scheme.

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/70406
Source: Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.83.063822

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