Transverse Patterns in Nonlinear Optical Resonators

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Februar 2003



The growth of regularity from disorder, the evolution from the simple towards the complex, and the spontaneous formation of spatio temporal patterns in general are questions which intrigue everybody. This has been one of the hasic philosophical topics from ancient to modern times. Is nature able to create something fundamentally new by itself? If yes, how does this creation occurs? Or does nature only reproduce something which was already encoded in it, from the very beginning? This remained a topic exclusively for philoso phers until very recently, and it was only a few decades a. go that physicists started to convert this seemingly purely philosophical subject into a scientific discipline: a scientific discipline like other scientific disciplines, where one re lies on formulas and equations, on nunlerical simulations, and on laboratory experiments. This book is not about general questions related to pattern formation and self organization in nature. It is about spontaneous patterns in just one part of nature in nonlinear optical systems, and, more precisely, in nonlinear optical resonators. Nonlinear optical systems represent a small part of nature, hut a very representative part: one can observe here nearly all the known symmetries of patterns, one can generate nearly all known types of localized strlictlires and one can realize nearly all known spatial instabilities and spatial bifurcations.


Order Parameter Equations for Lasers.
Order Parameter Equations for Other Nonlinear Resonators.
Zero Detuning: Laser Hydrodynamics and Optical Vortices.
Finite Detuning: Vortex Sheets and Vortex Lattices.
Resonators with Curved Mirrors.
The Restless Vortex.
Domains and Spatial Solitons.
Subcritical Solitons I: Saturable Absorber.
Subcritical Solitons II: Nonlinear Resonance.
Phase Domains and Phase Solitons.
Turing Patterns in Nonlinear Optics.
Three-Dimensional Patterns.
Patterns and Noise.


EAN: 9783540004349
ISBN: 3540004343
Untertitel: 2003. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 244 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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