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Nonlinearity Management in Optics: Experiment, Theory, and Simulation

Centurion, Martin and Porter, Mason A. and Kevrekidis, P. G. and Psaltis, Demetri (2006) Nonlinearity Management in Optics: Experiment, Theory, and Simulation. Physical Review Letters, 97 (3). Art. No. 033903. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.033903.

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We conduct an experimental investigation of nonlinearity management in optics using femtosecond pulses and layered Kerr media consisting of glass and air. By examining the propagation properties over several diffraction lengths, we show that wave collapse can be prevented. We corroborate these experimental results with numerical simulations of the (2+1)-dimensional focusing cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation with piecewise constant coefficients and a theoretical analysis of this setting using a moment method.

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Additional Information:©2006 The American Physical Society (Received 14 April 2006; published 21 July 2006) We thank Michael Cross for initiating this collaboration and acknowledge support from the DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration (D.P.), the Caltech Information Science and Technology initiative (M.C., M.A.P.), and NSF-DMS and CAREER (P.G.K.). Accompanying video (.AVI). The Breath of Light -- Researchers demonstrated a simple technique for controlling very intense light pulses. A related strategy might work for ultracold gases. Physical Review Focus 10 July 2006
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