Temporal solitonic crystals and non-Hermitian informational lattices

Jaroslaw E. Prilepsky, Stanislav A. Derevyanko, Sergei K. Turitsyn

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Clusters of temporal optical solitons-stable self-localized light pulses preserving their form during propagation-exhibit properties characteristic of that encountered in crystals. Here, we introduce the concept of temporal solitonic information crystals formed by the lattices of optical pulses with variable phases. The proposed general idea offers new approaches to optical coherent transmission technology and can be generalized to dispersion-managed and dissipative solitons as well as scaled to a variety of physical platforms from fiber optics to silicon chips. We discuss the key properties of such dynamic temporal crystals that mathematically correspond to non-Hermitian lattices and examine the types of collective mode instabilities determining the lifetime of the soliton train. This transfer of techniques and concepts from solid state physics to information theory promises a new outlook on information storage and transmission. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183902
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 4 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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