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Dissipative solitons in pattern-forming nonlinear optical systems : cavity solitons and feedback solitons

Ackemann, Thorsten and Firth, William (2005) Dissipative solitons in pattern-forming nonlinear optical systems : cavity solitons and feedback solitons. In: Dissipative solitons. Lecture Notes in Physics, 661 . Springer, pp. 55-100. ISBN 978-3-540-23373-2

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Abstract

Many dissipative optical systems support patterns. Dissipative solitons are generally found where a pattern coexists with a stable unpatterned state. We consider such phenomena in driven optical cavities containing a nonlinear medium (cavity solitons) and rather similar phenomena (feedback solitons) where a driven nonlinear optical medium is in front of a single feedback mirror. The history, theory, experimental status, and potential application of such solitons is reviewed.