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Journal Article (Refereed)
October 2007

Helmholtz solitons in power-law optical materials

Christian, J M & McDonald, G S & P, C & Potton, R 2007, 'Helmholtz solitons in power-law optical materials', PHYSICAL REVIEW A, art. no. 033834, 76(3).


A nonlinear Helmholtz equation for optical materials with regimes of power-law type of nonlinearity is proposed. This model captures broad beam evolution at any angle with respect to the reference direction in a wide range of media, including some semiconductors, doped glasses and liquid crystals. Novel exact analytical soliton solutions are presented for a generic nonlinearity, within which known Kerr solitons comprise a subset. Three conservation laws are also reported and numerical simulations examine the stability of the Helmholtz power-law solitons. These simulations have led to the identification of a new propagation feature associated with spatial solitons in power-law media, constituting a new class of oscillatory solution. For further details see: Group webpage on Solitons


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Journal Name
PHYSICAL REVIEW A, art. no. 033834