Massively parallel optical-soliton reactors [article]

Wenbin He, Meng Pang, Dung-Han Yeh, Jiapeng Huang, Philip St.J. Russell
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Mode-locked lasers have been widely used to explore interactions between optical solitons, including bound-soliton states that may be regarded as "photonic molecules". Conventional mode-locked lasers can however host at most only a few solitons, which means that stochastic behaviour involving large numbers of solitons cannot easily be studied under controlled experimental conditions. Here we report the use of an optoacoustically mode-locked fibre laser to create hundreds of temporal traps or
more » ... actors" within which multiple solitons can be isolated and controlled both globally and individually. We achieve on-demand synthesis and dissociation of soliton molecules within these parallel reactors, in this way unfolding a novel panorama of diverse dynamics in which the statistics of multi-soliton interactions can be studied. The results are of potential importance in all-optical information processing and in the control of ultrafast pulsed lasers.
arXiv:2004.11453v1 fatcat:2gl5lyw5a5gbxhuvkswezqohqu