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Arbitrary-angle scattering of spatial solitons from dielectric optical interfaces

McCoy, EA, Christian, JM and McDonald, GS 2011, Arbitrary-angle scattering of spatial solitons from dielectric optical interfaces , in: College Research Showcase Day, 16th June 2011, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK.

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    Abstract

    Wave–interface phenomena appear throughout Nature and are intrinsically angular in character. For instance, the behaviour of light waves at material boundaries underpins the entire field of optics. The seminal works on nonlinear beam refraction [1] considered scalar bright spatial solitons impinging on the interface between two Kerr-type media with different dielectric parameters, but where angles of incidence, reflection and refraction (relative to the interface) were constrained to be near-negligibly small. Our Group has recently been developing new mathematical and computational tools to describe arbitrary-angle refraction of similar beams [2]. We will report our latest research involving higher-order material effects (e.g., quintic-type nonlinearity). A generalized Snell’s law describing beam refraction will be detailed and tested directly against fully-numerical calculations. New effects are also uncovered, through simulations, in both small- and large-angle regimes.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
    Themes: Energy
    Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: JM Christian
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 12:46
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14
    References: [1] A. B. Aceves, J. V. Moloney, and A. C. Newell, Phys. Rev. A 39, 1809–1827 (1989); Phys. Rev. A 39 1828–1840(1989). [2] J. Sánchez-Curto, P. Chamorro-Posada, and G. S. McDonald, J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 11 art. no. 054015 (2009); Opt. Lett. 32, 1126–1128 (2007).
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18435

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