Rains of solitons in a figure-of-eight passively mode-locked fiber laser

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We report experimental observation of rains of solitons in figure-of-eight fiber laser passively mode-locked through nonlinear optical loop mirror. Soliton pulses are created from an extended noisy background and drift until they reach a condensed phase comprising several tens of aggregated solitons. The observation of this dynamics tends to strengthen the idea of the universality of the collective behavior of solitons.

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We thank the Agence Nationale de la Recherche for supporting this work (Contract ANR-2010-BLANC-0417-01-SOLICRISTAL).

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Niang, A., Amrani, F., Salhi, M. et al. Rains of solitons in a figure-of-eight passively mode-locked fiber laser. Appl. Phys. B 116, 771–775 (2014).

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