Nonlinear Waves in Subwavelength Waveguide Arrays: Evanescent Bands and the "Phoenix Soliton"
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Phys. Rev. Lett.
OPTICAL BLOCH OSCILLATIONS; GAP SOLITONS; LIGHT; Physics, Multidisciplinary
We formulate wave propagation in arrays of subwavelength waveguides with sharp index contrasts and demonstrate the collapse of bands into evanescent modes and lattice solitons with superluminal phase velocity. We find a self-reviving soliton ("phoenix soliton") comprised of coupled forward- and backward-propagating light, originating solely from evanescent bands. In the linear regime, all Bloch waves comprising this beam decay, whereas a proper nonlinearity assembles them into a propagating self-trapped beam. Finally, we simulate the dynamics of such a beam and observe breakup into temporal pulses, indicating a new kind of slow-light gap solitons, trapped in time and in one transverse dimension.
Physical Review Letters
"Nonlinear Waves in Subwavelength Waveguide Arrays: Evanescent Bands and the "Phoenix Soliton"" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 1992.