Spiral attractor created by vector solitons


Mode-locked lasers emitting a train of femtosecond pulses called dissipative solitons are an enabling technology for metrology, high-resolution spectroscopy, fibre optic communications, nano-optics and many other fields of science and applications. Recently, the vector nature of dissipative solitons has been exploited to demonstrate mode locked lasing with both locked and rapidly evolving states of polarisation. Here, for an erbium-doped fibre laser mode locked with carbon nanotubes, we demonstrate the first experimental and theoretical evidence of a new class of slowly evolving vector solitons characterized by a double-scroll chaotic polarisation attractor substantially different from Lorenz, Rössler and Ikeda strange attractors. The underlying physics comprises a long time scale coherent coupling of two polarisation modes. The observed phenomena, apart from the fundamental interest, provide a base for advances in secure communications, trapping and manipulation of atoms and nanoparticles, control of magnetisation in data storage devices and many other areas.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/lsa.2014.12
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Adaptive communications networks research group
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/3.0. Funding: ERC; EPSRC (project UNLOC) [EP/J017582/1]; FP7-PEOPLE-IAPP (project GRIFFON) [324391]
Uncontrolled Keywords: chaos,mode-locked laser,polarisation phenomena,vector soliton
Publication ISSN: 2047-7538
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 08:10
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 03:14
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Published Date: 2014-01-17
Authors: Sergeyev, Sergey V. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1515-5019)
Mou, Chengbo (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6107-3439)
Turitsyna, Elena G. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1756-362X)
Rozhin, Alexey (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2271-8227)
Turitsyn, Sergei K. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0101-3834)
Blow, Keith (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7859-3438)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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