Abstract

We demonstrate experimentally optical guidance of coherent light beams, using incoherent light. Such guidance is made possible by generation of partially spatially incoherent self-trapped dark beams (dark incoherent solitons) in a noninstantaneous nonlinear medium. In the one-dimensional case, the incoherent solitons induce single and Y-junction planar waveguides, whereas in the two-dimensional case, they form circular waveguides. These experiments introduce the possibility of controlling high-power laser beams with low-power incoherent light sources such as LED’s or lightbulbs.

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T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 23, 418 (1998); D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5113 (1998).
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[CrossRef]

M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4990 (1997); D. N. Christodoulides, T. H. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2310 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Shih, M. Segev, M. Garrett, and G. Valley, Opt. Lett. 21, 629 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1995 (1)

1992 (1)

1991 (1)

Anastassiou, C.

Assanto, G.

W. E. Torruellas, G. Assanto, B. L. Lawrence, R. A. Fuerst, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 1449 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Barthelemy, A.

Chen, Z.

Christodoulides, D. N.

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. E 59, R4777 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 23, 418 (1998); D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5113 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4990 (1997); D. N. Christodoulides, T. H. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2310 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 646 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Coskun, T.

D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 646 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4990 (1997); D. N. Christodoulides, T. H. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2310 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Coskun, T. H.

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. E 59, R4777 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 23, 418 (1998); D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5113 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. H. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Science 280, 889 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

De La Fuente, R.

DelRe, E.

Duree, G.

Feigelson, R. S.

Froehly, C.

Fuerst, R. A.

W. E. Torruellas, G. Assanto, B. L. Lawrence, R. A. Fuerst, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 1449 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Garrett, M.

Giordmaine, J.

Lan, S.

Lawrence, B. L.

W. E. Torruellas, G. Assanto, B. L. Lawrence, R. A. Fuerst, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 1449 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Lee, H.

Luther-Davies, B.

Maker, P. D.

Martin, J.

Mitchell, D. J.

A. W. Snyder and D. J. Mitchell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 1422 (1998); V. V. Shkunov and D. Z. Anderson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2683 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Mitchell, M.

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. E 59, R4777 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 23, 418 (1998); D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5113 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. H. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Science 280, 889 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Shih, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Segev, H. Lee, R. S. Feigelson, and J. P. Wilde, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 3091 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4990 (1997); D. N. Christodoulides, T. H. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2310 (1998).
[CrossRef]

D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 646 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 21, 716 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Shih, M. Segev, M. Garrett, and G. Valley, Opt. Lett. 21, 629 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, M. Shih, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 490 (1996); M. Mitchell and M. Segev, Nature 387, 880 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mizell, G.

Morin, M.

Muller, R. E.

Salamo, G.

Segev, M.

S. Lan, E. DelRe, Z. Chen, M. Shih, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 24, 475 (1999).
[CrossRef]

S. Lan, M. Shih, G. Mizell, J. Giordmaine, Z. Chen, C. Anastassiou, J. Martin, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 24, 1145 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. E 59, R4777 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 23, 418 (1998); D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 5113 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. H. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Science 280, 889 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Segev and G. Stegeman, Phys. Today 51(8), 42 (1998); Y. S. Kivshar and B. Luther-Davies, Phys. Rep. 298, 81 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Shih, M. Segev, D. W. Wilson, R. E. Muller, and P. D. Maker, Opt. Lett. 22, 1751 (1997); Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2948 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4990 (1997); D. N. Christodoulides, T. H. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2310 (1998).
[CrossRef]

M. Shih, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Segev, H. Lee, R. S. Feigelson, and J. P. Wilde, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 3091 (1997).
[CrossRef]

D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 646 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 21, 716 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Shih, M. Segev, M. Garrett, and G. Valley, Opt. Lett. 21, 629 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, M. Shih, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 490 (1996); M. Mitchell and M. Segev, Nature 387, 880 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Morin, G. Duree, G. Salamo, and M. Segev, Opt. Lett. 20, 2066 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Shih, M.

Snyder, A. W.

A. W. Snyder and D. J. Mitchell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 1422 (1998); V. V. Shkunov and D. Z. Anderson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2683 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Stegeman, G.

M. Segev and G. Stegeman, Phys. Today 51(8), 42 (1998); Y. S. Kivshar and B. Luther-Davies, Phys. Rep. 298, 81 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Stegeman, G. I.

W. E. Torruellas, G. Assanto, B. L. Lawrence, R. A. Fuerst, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 1449 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Torruellas, W. E.

W. E. Torruellas, G. Assanto, B. L. Lawrence, R. A. Fuerst, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 1449 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Valley, G.

Wilde, J. P.

Wilson, D. W.

Xiaoping, Y.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

W. E. Torruellas, G. Assanto, B. L. Lawrence, R. A. Fuerst, and G. I. Stegeman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 68, 1449 (1996).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Lett. (9)

Phys. Rev. E (1)

T. H. Coskun, D. N. Christodoulides, Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. E 59, R4777 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (4)

M. Mitchell, Z. Chen, M. Shih, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 490 (1996); M. Mitchell and M. Segev, Nature 387, 880 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. N. Christodoulides, T. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 646 (1997).
[CrossRef]

M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4990 (1997); D. N. Christodoulides, T. H. Coskun, M. Mitchell, and M. Segev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2310 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. W. Snyder and D. J. Mitchell, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 1422 (1998); V. V. Shkunov and D. Z. Anderson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2683 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Today (1)

M. Segev and G. Stegeman, Phys. Today 51(8), 42 (1998); Y. S. Kivshar and B. Luther-Davies, Phys. Rep. 298, 81 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

Z. Chen, M. Mitchell, M. Segev, T. H. Coskun, and D. N. Christodoulides, Science 280, 889 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Photographs of intensity patterns of a spatially incoherent beam (a) with the diffuser stationary and (b) with the diffuser rotating.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Photographs showing guidance of a probe beam (bottom) by an incoherent dark soliton (top) initiated from a phase mask: (a) input, (b) output with linear diffraction, and (c) output with nonlinearity.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Photographs showing guidance of a probe beam (bottom) by an incoherent Y-junction dark soliton pair (top) initiated from an amplitude mask: (a) input, (b) output with linear diffraction, (c) output with nonlinearity.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Photographs showing (a) a self-trapped optical vortex carried by a partially spatially incoherent beam and (b) guidance of the carrier beam (bright spot) into the waveguide channel induced by the vortex as the crystal is translated slightly to the left.

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