Abstract

We show that discrete dissipative optical lattice solitons are possible in waveguide array configurations that involve periodically patterned semiconductor optical amplifiers and saturable absorbers. The characteristics of these low-power soliton states are investigated, and their propagation constant eigenvalues are mapped on Floquet–Bloch band diagrams. The prospect of observing such low-power dissipative lattice solitons is discussed in detail.

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