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Radiation-related Polarization Instability of Kerr Spatial Vector Solitons

Malendevich, Roman R; Friedrich, Lars; Stegeman, George I; Soto-Crespo, Jose M; Akhmediev, Nail; Aitchison, J


We report the experimental observation and numerical simulations of a polarization instability of spatial vector solitons in an AlGaAs slab waveguide. At power levels where the nonlinear index change becomes comparable to the birefringence, the fast soliton becomes unstable. The instability is related to coupling of the fast soliton to the slow radiation modes through phase matching. The combined effects of bifurcation and radiation coupling are the processes ultimately limiting the stability...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Optical Society of America B


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