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Modulational instability and solitons in nonlocal media with competing nonlinearities

Date

2011

Authors

Esbensen, B K
Wlotzka, A.
Bache, M.
Bang, Ole
Krolikowski, Wieslaw

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American Physical Society

Abstract

We theoretically investigate properties of individual bright spatial solitons and their interaction in nonlocal media with competing focusing and defocusing nonlinearities. We consider the general case with both nonlinear responses characterized by different strengths and degrees of nonlocality. We employ a variational approach to analytically describe soliton properties. In particular, we prove analytically that the interplay of focusing and defocusing nonlocal nonlinearities leads to attraction or repulsion of solitons depending on their separation distance. We then study the propagation and interaction of solitons using numerical simulations of the full model of beam propagation. The numerical simulations fully confirm our analytical results.

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Keywords: Analytical results; Anomalous interactions; Beam propagation; Defocusing; Full model; Non-linear response; Nonlocal; Nonlocal nonlinearities; Nonlocal solitons; Nonlocalities; Separation distances; Spatial solitons; Variational approaches; Computer simula

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Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1103/PhysRevA.86.033838

Restricted until

2037-12-31