Observation of mode-locked spatial laser solitons

F. Gustave, Neal Radwell, C. McIntyre, J. P. Toomey, D. M. Kane, S. Barland, W. J. Firth, Gian Luca Oppo, T. Ackemann*

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Abstract

A stable nonlinear wave packet, self-localized in all three dimensions, is an intriguing and much sought after object in nonlinear science in general and in nonlinear photonics in particular. We report on the experimental observation of mode-locked spatial laser solitons in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with frequency-selective feedback from an external cavity. These spontaneously emerging and long-term stable spatiotemporal structures have a pulse length shorter than the cavity round-trip time and may pave the way to completely independent cavity light bullets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044102
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume118
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2017

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Copyright 2017 American Physical Society. Firstly published in Physical Review Letters, 118(4), 044102. The original publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.044102. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

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