Formation and light guiding properties of dark solitons in one-dimensional waveguide arrays.

  title={Formation and light guiding properties of dark solitons in one-dimensional waveguide arrays.},
  author={Eugene Smirnov and Christian E. R{\"u}ter and Milutin Stepi{\'c} and Detlef Kip and Vladimir M. Shandarov},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={74 6 Pt 2},
We report on the formation of dark discrete solitons in a nonlinear periodic system consisting of evanescently coupled channel waveguides in defocusing lithium niobate. Localized nonlinear dark modes displaying a phase jump in the center that is located either on-channel (mode A) or in-between channels (mode B) are formed, which is to our knowledge the first experimental observation of mode B. By numerical simulations we find that the saturable nature of the nonlinearity is responsible for the… 

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