Abstract

We study the existence, formation, and stability of quasi-one-dimensional (stripes) and two-dimensional (bullets) spatio-temporal soliton solutions for a (2+1)-dimensional modified nonlinear Schrödinger equation, in the presence of the self-steepening effect. These solutions, which are on top of a continuous-wave background, are either dark or antidark, the latter being supported by the self-steepening effect. We show that there exist stable small-amplitude lump solitons, which, in the context of nonlinear optics, constitute novel light bullets.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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