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Opt Express. 2009 Jul 6;17(14):11776-81.

Rains of solitons in a fiber laser.

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  • 1Institut Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 5209 CNRS, Universit√© de Bourgogne, 21078 Dijon, France.


We report a novel and intriguing nonlinear dynamics observed in a fiber laser cavity, in which soliton pulses are created from an extended noisy background and drift until they reach a condensed phase comprising several tens of aggregated solitons. This soliton flow can be adjusted with manual cavity tuning, and can even be triggered by the injection of an external low-power cw laser.

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