Scientific Results

Optical dark rogue wave

Year: 2016

Authors: Frisquet B., Kibler B., Morin P., Baronio F., Conforti M., Millot G., Wabnitz S.

Autors Affiliation: Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne (ICB), UMR 6303 CNRS – Université de Bourgogne Franche-
Comté, F-21078 Dijon, France;
Department of Information Engineering, Università di Brescia, and INO-CNR,Brescia, Italy;
Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR8523 – PhLAM – Physique des Lasers Atomes et Molécules, F-59000 Lille, France

Abstract: Photonics enables to develop simple lab experiments that mimic water rogue wave generation phenomena, as well as relativistic gravitational effects such as event horizons, gravitational lensing and Hawking radiation. The basis for analog gravity experiments is light propagation through an effective moving medium obtained via the nonlinear response of the material. So far, analogue gravity kinematics was reproduced in scalar optical wave propagation test models. Multimode and spatiotemporal nonlinear interactions exhibit a rich spectrum of excitations, which may substantially expand the range of rogue wave phenomena, and lead to novel space-time analogies, for example with multi-particle interactions. By injecting two colliding and modulated pumps with orthogonal states of polarization in a randomly birefringent telecommunication optical fiber, we provide the first experimental demonstration of an optical dark rogue wave. We also introduce the concept of multicomponent analog gravity, whereby localized spatiotemporal horizons are associated with the dark rogue wave solution of the two-component nonlinear Schrodinger system.

Journal/Review: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Volume: 6      Pages from: 20785  to: 20785

More Information: The authors thank J. Fatome for comments and advice on light polarization issues during the experimental work. The authors gratefully acknowledge support from the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR, Project Nb. 2012BFNWZ2), from the French National Research Agency (Grants No. ANR-12-BS04-0011 OPTIROC and No. ANR-14-ACHN-0014 NoAWE), the Labex ACTION program (contract ANR-11-LABX-0001-01), and the iXCore Foundation.
DOI: 10.1038/srep20785

Citations: 47
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