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Spiralling Solitons Without Capture
If the offset is increased slightly from that of the previous
simulation, the light bullets
rotate about one another but capture and fusion does not occur, the pulses
leaving the simulation with transverse velocities. In the
laboratory frame of reference, these sideways velocities are superimposed
on a fast longitudinal motion. One might think that a certain transverse
offset exists at which a stable orbiting pair exists. Alas, this is not
possible as "friction" between the pair causes the orbit to decay.
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