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Opt Lett. 2006 Jul 15;31(14):2172-4.

Multipole-mode surface solitons.

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  • 1ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.


We discover multipole-mode solitons supported by the surface between two distinct periodic lattices imprinted in Kerr-type nonlinear media. Such solitons are possible because the refractive index modulation at both sides of the interface glues together their out-of-phase individual constituents. Remarkably, we find that the new type of solitons may feature highly asymmetric shapes, and yet they are stable over wide domains of their existence, a rare property to be attributed to their surface nature.

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