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Soliton Repulsion and Scattering Experiments

The attractive force between the solitons can be converted to a repulsive force as indicated in the following simulation where two light bullets bounce off of one another. In the language of physics, this is a scattering experiment and can be used as a probe of the force between the interacting solitons. We have performed a number of such simulations at various offsets, incident velocities, and bullet energies which were then used to extract the precise mathematical form of the force law.

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