Isotropic versus anisotropic modeling of photorefractive solitons Academic Article uri icon


  • The question of the isotropic versus anisotropic modeling of incoherent spatial screening solitons in photorefractive crystals is addressed by a careful theoretical and numerical analysis. Isotropic, or local, models allow for an extended spiraling of two interacting scalar solitons, and for a prolonged propagation of vortex vector solitons, whereas anisotropic, nonlocal, models prevent such phenomena. In the context of Kukhtarev's material equations, the difference in behavior is traced to the continuity equation for the current density. We further show that neither an indefinite spiraling of two solitons nor stable propagation of vortex vector solitons is generally possible in both isotropic and anisotropic models. Such systems do not conserve angular momentum, even in the case of an isotropic change in the index of refraction.

author list (cited authors)

  • Belić, M. R., Vujić, D., Stepken, A., Kaiser, F., Calvo, G. F., Agulló-López, F., & Carrascosa, M.

citation count

  • 23

publication date

  • June 2002