All-optical discrete vortex switch

Anton S. Desyatnikov, Mark R. Dennis, Albert Ferrando

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We introduce discrete vortex solitons and vortex breathers in circular arrays of nonlinear waveguides. The simplest vortex breather in a four-waveguide coupler is a nonlinear dynamic state changing its topological charge between +1 and -1 periodically during propagation. We find the stability domain for this solution and suggest an all-optical vortex switching scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063822
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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