Solitary modes in nonlocal media with inhomogeneous self-repulsive nonlinearity

Yingji He*, Boris A. Malomed

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We demonstrate the existence of two species of stable bright solitons, fundamental and dipole, in one-dimensional self-defocusing nonlocal media, with the local value of nonlinearity coefficient having one or several minima and growing at any rate faster than |x| at large values of coordinate x. The model can be derived for a slab optical waveguide with thermal nonlinearity. The most essential difference from the local counterpart of this system is the competition between two different spatial scales, one determining the modulation pattern of the nonlinearity coefficient and the other being the correlation length of the nonlocality. The competition is explicitly exhibited by an analytically obtained asymptotic form of generic solutions. Particular exact solutions are found analytically, and full soliton families are constructed in a numerical form. The multichannel settings, with two or three local minima of the nonlinearity coefficient, are considered here for both local and nonlocal models of the present type. States with multiple solitons launched into different channels are stable if the spacing between them exceeds a certain minimum value. A regime of stable Josephson oscillations of solitons between parallel channels is reported too.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053812
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 9 May 2013


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