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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2280–2284

Optical wave turbulence and the condensation of light

Umberto Bortolozzo, Jason Laurie, Sergey Nazarenko, and Stefania Residori  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 12, pp. 2280-2284 (2009)

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In an optical experiment, we report a wave turbulence regime that, starting with weakly nonlinear waves with randomized phases, shows an inverse cascade of photons toward the lowest wavenumbers. We show that the cascade is induced by a six-wave resonant interaction process and is characterized by increasing nonlinearity. At low wavenumbers the nonlinearity becomes strong and leads to modulational instability developing into solitons, whose number is decreasing farther along the beam.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2009
Published: November 9, 2009

Umberto Bortolozzo, Jason Laurie, Sergey Nazarenko, and Stefania Residori, "Optical wave turbulence and the condensation of light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 2280-2284 (2009)

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