Optical solitons are propagating pulses of light that retain their shape because nonlinearity and dispersion balance each other. In the presence of higher-order dispersion, optical solitons can emit dispersive waves via the process of soliton Cherenkov radiation. This process underlies supercontinuum generation and is of critical importance in frequency… (More)
Temporal dissipative solitons in microresonators constitute a novel class of ultra-short optical pulse generators. Here we study the influence of resonator mode-structure, particularly avoided mode crossings, on soliton formation and derive resonator design criteria.