Abstract

The observation of two-dimensional optical spatial solitons in three-dimensional Kerr media requires the use of a two-beam interference technique to stabilize the nonlinear propagation. It is shown that as the spatial soliton is self-trapped, the two interfering beams attract each other. This intensity-dependent self-deflection has been applied to the shortening of picosecond laser pulses.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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