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Helmholtz Kerr bright solitons

The work below includes the first reports of bright (Helmholtz nonparaxial) Kerr solitons and their properties.

Nonlinear Helmholtz equation

Nonlinear Helmholtz equation

Nonlinear Helmholtz equation for focusing Kerr nonlinearity

Helmholtz Kerr bright soliton

Helmholtz Kerr bright soliton

Exact Helmholtz-Kerr bright soliton solution.

Topics & Publications: Bright Kerr Solitons

13. JM Christian, GS McDonald, (2004), Light Guiding Light Guiding Light: A New Angle, SPARC 2004 Conference, Research & Graduate Collge, University of Salford, Session B3, 2004.

Abstract. The propagation of spatial optical solitons (that is, non-diffracting beams) in a dielectric waveguide is routinely described by the Non-Linear Schroedinger (NLS) equation. This is a universal model for describing soliton phenomena, and occurs in many diverse branches of physics. However,  NLS-based models suffer from potentially severe physical limitations in some regimes. For example, they cannot support multiple waves propagating at arbitrarily large angles with respect to the reference direction, or the interaction of these waves. Here, we present a brief overview of some aspects of  Helmholtz soliton theory. This non-paraxial framework extends conventional soliton theory, and offers a full description of non-linear waves over the complete range of angular regimes. Consideration of angular aspects of the wave propagation problem gives rise to novel, non-trivial physical effects that  have no counterpart in paraxial theory.

Paraxial soliton instability - amplitude variation

Paraxial soliton instability - amplitude variation

Amplitude vs. distance - launched paraxial solutions re-shape & converge to the expected Helmholtz solitons (shown by horizontal lines). 

Paraxial soliton instability - area variation

Paraxial soliton instability - area variation

Beam area vs. distance - convergence to Helmholtz solitons.

12. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald, (2004), Exact Analytical Helmholtz Bright And Dark Solitons , PROCEEDINGS OF SPIE (SOCIETY OF PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS) v5582, p154, 2004

11. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald, (2003), Exact Analytical Helmholtz Bright And Dark Solitons, LASER AND FIBER-OPTICAL NETWORK MODELING, LFNM, ISBN 0-7803-7709-5, p3-11, 2003

10. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald, (2003), Exact Analytical Helmholtz Bright and Dark Solitons [ Presentation ] , Intern Conf on Adv Optoelectronics & Lasers, Alushta, Crimea, Ukraine, Sept, 2003 [ Invited ]

Exact analytical Helmholtz bright and dark solitons (presentation)

Exact analytical Helmholtz bright and dark solitons (presentation)

9. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald, GHC New (2002), Exact soliton solutions of the nonlinear Helmholtz equation , JOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA B v19, p1216, 2002

Abstract. Exact analytical soliton solutions of the nonlinear Helmholtz equation are reported. A lucid generalization of paraxial soliton theory that incorporates nonparaxial effects is found.

8. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald and GHC New, Propagation Properties of Nonparaxial Spatial Solitons, J Mod Opt 47 (2000) 1877.

Abstract. We present an analysis and simulation of the non-paraxial nonlinear Schroedinger equation. Exact general relations describing energy flow conservation and transformation invariance are reported, and then explained on physical grounds. New instabilities of fundamental and higher-order paraxial  solitons are discovered in regimes where exact analytical non-paraxial solitons are found to be robust attractors. Inverse-scattering theory and the known form of solutions are shown to enable the prediction of the characteristics of nonparaxial soliton formation. Finally, analysis of higher-order soliton  break up due to non-paraxial effects reveals features that appear to be of a rather general nature.

7. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald and GHC New, Exact Analytical Nonparaxial Solitons (Invited), Solitons Workshop, Fourteenth National Quantum Electronics Conference, Manchester, UK, Sept 6-9, 1999.

6. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald, GHC New, J Noon and S Chavez-Cerda, Fundamental Properties of (1+1)D and (2+1)D Nonparaxial Optical Solitons, [ Presentation Extracts (unpublished): Fermion-Like Solitons, 2D+1 Soliton Space Quantisation ], Fourteenth National Quantum Electronics Conference, Manchester,  UK, Sept 6-9, 1999.

Are Kerr solitons fermions?

Are Kerr solitons fermions?

Kerr solitons show fermion-like properties (unpublished).

Unexpected soliton quantisation properties

Unexpected soliton quantisation properties

Paraxial and non-paraxial modes have unexpected quantisation properties (unpublished).

5. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald and GHC New, Nonparaxial Solitons, J Mod Opt 45 (1998) 1111.

Abstract. We derive a nonparaxial nonlinear Schroedinger equation and show that it has an exact non-paraxial soliton solution from which the paraxial soliton is recovered in the appropriate limit. The physical and mathematical geometry of the non-paraxial soliton is explored through the consideration  of dispersion relations, rotational transformations and approximate solutions. We highlight some of the unphysical aspects of the paraxial limit and report modifications to the soliton width, the soliton area and the soliton (phase) period which result from the breakdown of the slowly varying envelope  approximation.

4. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald and GHC New, Exact Analytical Nonparaxial Optical Solitons, International Quantum Electronics Conference, San Francisco, USA, May 3-8, 1998.

3. P Chamorro-Posada, GS McDonald and GHC New, Nonparaxial Solitons, Thirteenth National Quantum Electronics Conference, Cardiff, UK, Sept 8-11, 1997.

2. S Chavez-Cerda, GS McDonald, GHC New and J Noon, Nonparaxial Eigenmodes in Nonlinear Beam propagation, Twelfth National Quantum Electronics Conference, Southampton, UK, Sept 4-8, 1995.

1. GS McDonald et al, 3D and 4D Structures in Paraxial and Nonparaxial Nonlinear Optics, Study Centre on Nonlinear Optics and Guided Waves, Edinburgh, UK, Aug. 1-20, 1994.