Kaleidoscopic spatial instability

Bifurcations of optical transverse solitary waves

J. W. Grantham, H. M. Gibbs, Galina Khitrova, J. F. Valley, Xu Jiajin

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Abstract

The cell-exit transverse profile for one-way propagation through sodium vapor forms a pattern of spots with complexity and beauty rivaling that of a kaleidoscope. These patterns are stationary in time, reproduce completely when the power or frequency is scanned, and agree well with one-way computations that show that the patterns change very little after one-fifth of the propagation distance, i.e., they exhibit the properties of bifurcations of transverse solitary waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1422-1425
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume66
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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Kaleidoscopic spatial instability : Bifurcations of optical transverse solitary waves. / Grantham, J. W.; Gibbs, H. M.; Khitrova, Galina; Valley, J. F.; Jiajin, Xu.

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 66, No. 11, 1991, p. 1422-1425.

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Grantham, J. W. ; Gibbs, H. M. ; Khitrova, Galina ; Valley, J. F. ; Jiajin, Xu. / Kaleidoscopic spatial instability : Bifurcations of optical transverse solitary waves. In: Physical Review Letters. 1991 ; Vol. 66, No. 11. pp. 1422-1425.
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