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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 2 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 63–70

Growth dynamics of noise-sustained structures in nonlinear optical resonators

Marco Santagiustina, Pere Colet, Maxi San Miguel, and Daniel Walgraef  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 63-70 (1998)

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The existence of macroscopic noise-sustained structures in nonlinear optics is theoretically predicted and numerically observed, in the regime of convective instability. The advection-like term, necessary to turn the instability to convective for the parameter region where advection overwhelms the growth, can stem from pump beam tilting or birefringence induced walk-off. The growth dynamics of both noise-sustained and deterministic patterns is exemplified by means of movies. This allows to observe the process of formation of these structures and to confirm the analytical predictions. The amplification of quantum noise by several orders of magnitude is predicted. The qualitative analysis of the near- and far-field is given. It suffices to distinguish noise-sustained from deterministic structures; quantitative informations can be obtained in terms of the statistical properties of the spectra.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Quantum structures in nonlinear optics and atomic physics

Original Manuscript: March 27, 1998
Published: July 20, 1998

Marco Santagiustina, Pere Colet, Maxi San Miguel, and Daniel Walgraef, "Growth dynamics of noise-sustained structures in nonlinear optical resonators," Opt. Express 3, 63-70 (1998)

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