We report experimental observations of cavity solitons in a surface-photonic-crystal-structured Vertical Cavity Surface Emission Laser by using the near-field scanning optical microscope. Comparisons between linear and nonlinear localized modes, i.e. defect modes and cavity solitons, are illustrated experimentally and numerically. A general method to generate and control self-organized cavity solitons is demonstrated without using a holding beam.

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