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Instabilities In Four-Wave Mixing
Author(s): Robert W Boyd; Alexander L Gaeta; Daniel J Gauthier; Michelle S Malcuit; Paul Narum
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Paper Abstract

Recent research on instabilites in the four-wave mixing process is summarized. The four-wave mixing process can cause a laser beam to become unstable to the growth of new frequency components as the beam propagates through a nonlinear medium. Similar instabilities can occur in more complicated optical systems such as lasers and bistable optical devices. The nature of the instability is very different for nonlinearities resulting from one- and two-photon resonances in the susceptibility describing four-wave mixing. The four wave mixing process can lead to chaotic behavior in a self-pumped phase conjugate mirror.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1986
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0667, Optical Chaos, (14 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938862
Show Author Affiliations
Robert W Boyd, University of Rochester (United States)
Alexander L Gaeta, University of Rochester (United States)
Daniel J Gauthier, University of Rochester (United States)
Michelle S Malcuit, University of Rochester (United States)
Paul Narum, University of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0667:
Optical Chaos
Neal Broadus Abraham; Jacek Chrostowski, Editor(s)

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