Observation of diffraction-managed discrete solitons in curved waveguide arrays Academic Article uri icon


  • We observe the formation of discrete diffraction-managed optical solitons in arrays of periodically curved coupled waveguides for two types of modulated structures: laser-written arrays in silica glass with self-focusing nonlinearity and lithium niobate waveguide arrays with self-defocusing photorefractive nonlinearity. Our results demonstrate that, for both types of nonlinear response, soliton formation occurs after transitional self-induced beam broadening, being fundamentally different from nonlinear self-focusing and defocusing in a bulk medium or discrete self-trapping in straight waveguides. 2008 The American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Szameit, A., Garanovich, I. L., Heinrich, M., Minovich, A., Dreisow, F., Sukhorukov, A. A., ... Kivshar, Y. S.

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Szameit, Alexander||Garanovich, Ivan L||Heinrich, Matthias||Minovich, Alexander||Dreisow, Felix||Sukhorukov, Andrey A||Pertsch, Thomas||Neshev, Dragomir N||Nolte, Stefan||Krolikowski, Wieslaw||Tuennermann, Andreas||Mitchell, Arnan||Kivshar, Yuri S

publication date

  • September 2008