We demonstrate ultrafast all-optical deflection of spatial solitons in an slab waveguide, using , pulses to generate and deflect the spatial soliton. The steering beam is focused onto the top of the waveguide near the soliton pathway, and the soliton is steered by refractive-index changes induced by optical Kerr, or free-carrier (Drude), effects. Angular deflections up to are observed.
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