Composite spatial solitons in a saturable nonlinear bulk medium Academic Article uri icon


  • We review the generation of the recently predicted multi-component spatial optical solitons in a saturable nonlinear bulk medium. We present numerical simulations for an effectively isotropic model and experimental results for a set of different combinations of a Gaussian beam co-propagating incoherently with a beam of a more complex internal structure, such as a higher order transverse laser mode. We discuss the different formation processes and the general properties of a variety of different dipole-mode composite solitons and expand our investigations to the generation of a quadrupole-mode composite soliton.

author list (cited authors)

  • Weilnau, C., Kr√≥likowski, W., Ostrovskaya, E. A., Ahles, M., Geisser, M., McCarthy, G., ... Luther-Davies, B.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • May 2001