Kaleidoscopic spatial instability: Bifurcations of optical transverse solitary waves

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

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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
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1991

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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