Partially coherent solitons of variable shape Academic Article uri icon


  • We present analytical and numerical results related to partially coherent solitons (PCS) of a novel class. In effect, there is freedom to choose the shape of a PCS as it is governed by 2N-1 parameters, where N is the number of linear modes contributing to the soliton. In particular, we show that a PCS may have an asymmetric shape. The PCS shape becomes arbitrary in the limit of complete incoherence. Another remarkable new feature of a PCS is that collisions in Kerr-like media cause the PCS to change its shape, although each beam remains a stationary soliton after the collision. 1998 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Akhmediev, N., Krolikowski, W., & Snyder, A. W.

citation count

  • 129

complete list of authors

  • Akhmediev, N||Krolikowski, W||Snyder, AW

publication date

  • November 1998