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Ultra-narrow bright spatial solitons interacting with left-handed surfaces

Boardman, AD, Velasco, L, King, NJ and Rapoport, Y 2005, 'Ultra-narrow bright spatial solitons interacting with left-handed surfaces' , Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics (JOSA B), 22 (2) , pp. 1443-1452.

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Abstract

A vectorial finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is used to present a numerical study of very narrow spatial solitons interacting with the surface of what has become known as a left-handed medium. After a comprehensive discussion of the background and the family of surface modes to be expected on a left-handed material, bounded by dispersion-free right-handed material, it is demonstrated that robust outcomes of the FDTD approach yield dramatic confirmation of these waves. The FDTD results show how the linear and nonlinear surface modes are created and can be tracked in time as they develop. It is shown how they can move backward or forward, depending on either a critical value of the local nonlinear conditions at the interface or the ambient linear conditions. Several examples are given to demonstrate the power and versatility of the method and the sensitivity to the launching conditions.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics (JOSA B)
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 07403224
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2007 12:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/337

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