Two Dimensional Counterpropagating Spatial Solitons in Photorefractive Crystals Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate experimentally the existence of two transverse-dimensional counterpropagating (CP) incoherent spatial solitons in a 5 x 5 x 23 mm SBN:60Ce photorefractive crystal and investigate their dynamical behavior. We carry out numerical simulations that confirm our experimental findings. Substantially different behavior from the copropagating incoherent solitons is found. A symmetry breaking transition from stable overlapping CP solitons to unstable transversely displaced CP solitons is observed. We perform linear stability analysis that predicts the threshold for the split-up transition, in qualitative agreement with numerical simulations and experimental results.

author list (cited authors)

  • Petrović, M., Jović, D., Belić, M., Schröder, J., Jander, P. h., & Denz, C.

citation count

  • 19

publication date

  • July 2005