Abstract

By colliding either bright or dark solitons, one can induce idealized lossless (linear) optical components in a nonlinear medium. We provide the first reported analytical method, to our knowledge, for determining the transmission properties of these components when they are induced in an arbitrary nonlinear medium. Components induced from colliding bright solitons behave qualitatively the same regardless of the nonlinear material, unlike components induced from colliding dark solitons.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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