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Observation of Soliton Explosions



S T. Cundiff, J M. Soto-Crespo, N N. Akhmediev


We show, experimentally and numerically, that Ti: sapphire mode-locked lasers can operate in a regime in which they produce exploding solitons. This happens when the laser operates near a critical point. Explosions occur intermittently. They happen spontaneously, but external perturbations can trigger them. In stable conditions of operation all explosions have similar features, but are not identical. The characteristics of the explosions depend on the intracavity dispersion.
Physical Review Letters


lasers, solitons


Cundiff, S. , Soto-Crespo, J. and Akhmediev, N. (2008), Observation of Soliton Explosions, Physical Review Letters (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created October 16, 2008