Nonlinear management of the angular momentum of soliton clusters: Theory and experiment

A. Fratalocchi, A. Piccardi. M. Peccianti, and G. Assanto

Phys. Rev. A 75, 063835 (2007)


We demonstrate, both theoretically and experimentally, how to acquire nonlinear control over the angular momentum of a cluster of solitary waves. Our results, stemming from a universal theoretical model, show that the angular momentum can be adjusted by acting on the global energy input in the system. The phenomenon is experimentally ascertained in nematic liquid crystals by observing a power-dependent rotation of a two-soliton ensemble.