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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1990
  • pp: 1019–1033

Instabilities and spatial complexity in a laser

L. A. Lugiato, G. L. Oppo, J. R. Tredicce, L. M. Narducci, and M. A. Pernigo  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 7, Issue 6, pp. 1019-1033 (1990)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.7.001019


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Abstract

We discuss the emergence of spatial structures in a ring laser model with transverse effects. The emphasis of this study is on the development of a description that can capture the essential features of transverse dynamics without the need for large-scale numerical efforts. We introduce an extension of the uniform field limit and derive a set of modal equations that we solve with conventional numerical methods. Our solutions show evidence of transverse mode competition in the laser dynamics, leading to both time-dependent and multimode stationary (cooperative frequency-locking) behaviors. In the time-dependent regime we analyze the resulting spatial structures and suggest a scheme for the investigation and characterization of spatial complexity.

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History
Original Manuscript: October 3, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: December 20, 1989
Published: June 1, 1990

Citation
L. A. Lugiato, G. L. Oppo, J. R. Tredicce, L. M. Narducci, and M. A. Pernigo, "Instabilities and spatial complexity in a laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 7, 1019-1033 (1990)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-7-6-1019

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