Effects of transverse beam variation on bifurcations in an intrinsic bistable ring cavity

J. V. Moloney, F. A. Hopf, H. M. Gibbs

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Instabilities associated with bistable branches of positive differential gain are investigated numerically in a ring-cavity bistable device, allowing for transverse variation of the laser beam. Additional instability domains beyond those predicted by plane-wave analysis are shown to occur. The nature of the bifurcation sequences within each domain is different from the plane-wave case and is characterized by quasiperiodic and frequency-locked behavior. Some sequences are very similar to experimentally observed bifurcations in hydrodynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3442-3445
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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