We study theoretically the effect of transverse boundary conditions on the traveling waves found in infinitely extended and positively detuned laser systems. We find that for large-aspect-ratio systems, well above threshold and away from the boundaries, the traveling waves persist. Source and sink defects are observed on the boundaries, and in very-large-aspect-ratio systems these defects can also exist away from the boundaries. The transverse size of the sink defect, relative to the size of the transverse domain, is important in determining the final pattern observed, and so, close to threshold, standing waves are always observed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics