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Phys Rev Lett. 2001 Oct 1;87(14):143901. Epub 2001 Sep 17.

Rotating propeller solitons.

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Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel.


We demonstrate experimentally and theoretically (both analytically and numerically) a new type of spatial soliton: a rotating "propeller" soliton. This is a composite soliton made of a rotating dipole component jointly trapped with a bell-shaped component. We observe as much as 239 degrees of rotation over 13 mm of propagation (6.5 diffraction lengths).

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