Controlled transportation of light by light at the microscale

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We show how light can be controllably transported by light at microscale dimensions. We design a miniature device that consists of a short segment of an optical fiber coupled to transversally oriented input-output microfibers. A whispering gallery soliton is launched from the first microfiber into the fiber segment and slowly propagates along its mm-scale length. The soliton loads and unloads optical pulses at designated input-output microfibers. The speed of the soliton and its propagation direction is controlled by the dramatically small, yet feasible to introduce, permanently or all-optically, nanoscale variations of the effective fiber radius.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153901
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021

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Funding: This research was funded by EPSRC Grant No. EP/


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