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Phys Rev Lett. 2000 Dec 4;85(23):4888-91.

Eliminating the transverse instabilities of kerr solitons

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  • 1Physics Department and the Solid State Institute, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel and Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA.


We show analytically, numerically, and experimentally that a transversely stable one-dimensional [(1+1)D] bright Kerr soliton can exist in a 3D bulk medium. The transverse instability of the soliton is completely eliminated if it is made sufficiently incoherent along the transverse dimension. We derive a criterion for the threshold of transverse instability that links the nonlinearity to the largest transverse correlation distance for which the 1D soliton is stable.

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