We present a comprehensive theoretical investigation of the formation and propagation of multicolor ringlike soliton clusters in quadratic nonlinear materials under conditions for type I second-harmonic generation. We show the several existing propagation regimes for the soliton clusters, which include fusion, expansion, and quasi-stationary propagation. The physical mechanism that leads to each evolution is elucidated and discussed. In the case of purely expanding clusters, accurate estimates of the expansion rate are obtained with a Hamiltonian approach. The experimental formation of the different soliton clusters by induced breakup techniques is discussed in detail, and the practical limitations of the concept of quasi-stationary clusters are highlighted.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|