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Observation of discrete, vortex light bullets

: Eilenberger, Falk


Physical review. X, Expanding access 3 (2014), Nr.4, Art. 041031, 9 S.
ISSN: 2160-3308
Fraunhofer IOF ()

We report the first experimental observation of vortex light bullets that are discrete, spatiotemporal, solitary waves with orbital angular momentum. We analyze conditions for their existence and investigate their rich properties and dynamics. Vortex light bullets are excited in fiber arrays with spatially shaped femtosecond pulses and analyzed with a spatiotemporal cross correlator. Most importantly, we find that they have entirely new stability properties, being robust against considerable degrees of perturbation in a limited range of energies. All experimental findings are backed up by rigorous simulations, giving further insight into the rich dynamics of vortex light bullets.