Boundary-driven selection of patterns in large-aspect-ratio lasers

I. Aranson, D. Hochheiser, J. V. Moloney

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Pattern selection in wide aperture lasers is provided by active sources of traveling waves. Finite absorbing transverse boundaries select near-field lasing patterns from a one-parameter continuous family of allowed modes. The selected pattern on the boundary invades the interior consuming any spiral waves that are formed in this region. As a result, only simple stationary patterns are established in nonstiff lasers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3173-3176
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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