Evidence of Chaotic Dynamics in Three-Soliton Collisions

Feifei Xin, Fabrizio Di Mei, Ludovica Falsi, Davide Pierangeli, Claudio Conti, Aharon J. Agranat, Eugenio DelRe

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Abstract

We observe chaotic optical wave dynamics characterized by erratic energy transfer and soliton annihilation and creation in the aftermath of a three-soliton collision in a photorefractive crystal. Irregular dynamics are found to be mediated by the nonlinear Raman effect, a coherent interaction that leads to nonreciprocal soliton energy exchange. Results extend the analogy between solitons and particles to the emergence of chaos in three-body physics and provide new insight into the origin of the irregular dynamics that accompany extreme and rogue waves.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number133901
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume127
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Sep 2021

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