Magneto-optical control of light collapse in bulk kerr media

Y. Linzon*, K. A. Rutkowska, B. A. Malomed, R. Morandotti

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The Cotton-Mouton (Voigt) and Faraday effects induce adjustable linear and circular birefringence in optical media with external magnetic fields. We consider these effects as a technique for magneto-optical control of the transmission of bimodal light beams through Kerr-nonlinear crystals. Numerical analysis suggests that a properly applied magnetic field may accelerate, delay, or arrest the collapse of (2+1)D beams. Experimentally, the magnetic collapse acceleration is demonstrated in a bulk yttrium iron garnet (YIG) crystal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053902
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 6 Aug 2009


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