Research: Solitons

solitonsSoliton electronics

Solitons are specialized nonlinear waves that propagate in nonlinear, dispersive media. They are found throughout nature in water waves, plasma, optical fibers and superconducting josephson junctions. While under investigation ever since their discovery in 1834, their application in electrical systems has been limited to ultra sharp pulse generation. In his PhD research, Prof. Ricketts developed the first robust electrical soliton oscillator, an electrical counterpart to the optical soliton modelocked laser. Building upon this, Prof. Ricketts investigates the many complex dynamics of electrical solitons and their possible applications in electronics.