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Driven modulation instability and new class of solitons of incoherent light
Author(s): Zhigang Chen; J. Klinger; H. Martin
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Paper Abstract

We present experimental results on induced (driven) modulation instability and associated pattern formation of partially spatially incoherent light. Incoherent modulation instability (MI) is driven by seeding noise through cross-phase-modulation rather than intrinsic noise in a noninstantaneous nonlinear medium. We show that a threshold exists for such driven incoherent MI to occur, which depends on the degree of spatial coherence as well as the strength of the nonlinearity. Above the threshold, the MI leads to formation of ordered and disordered patterns of incoherent light. New class of solitons of incoherent light observed by suppressing incoherent MI will also be reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4271, Optical Pulse and Beam Propagation III, (12 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424721
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Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
J. Klinger, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
H. Martin, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4271:
Optical Pulse and Beam Propagation III
Yehuda B. Band, Editor(s)

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