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Spatiotemporal chaos and spatial symmetry breaking in a nonlinear optical ring cavity
Author(s): Joerg Leonardy; Markus Sauer; Friedemann Kaiser
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Paper Abstract

We consider a passive optical system consisting of a ring cavity and a homogeneously broadened two-level medium. After a first modulational instability we find several secondary instabilities which lead to a temporally chaotic, spatially homogeneous state and to temporally chaotic states where the spatial symmetry is broken. These spatio-temporal chaotic states are characterized by the decrease of the auto-correlation and the spatial cross- correlation function. In order to analyze the bifurcations in the spatio- temporal chaotic regime we investigate the dynamical behavior of spatially significant quantities. Three states are found which arise from different intermittent transitions. We quantify the observed bifurcations by means of Lyapunov exponents.

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Date Published: 6 July 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2099, Nonlinear Dynamics in Lasers and Optical Systems, (6 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179644
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Joerg Leonardy, Technical Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Markus Sauer, Technical Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Friedemann Kaiser, Technical Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2099:
Nonlinear Dynamics in Lasers and Optical Systems
Neal Broadus Abraham; Leonid A. Melnikov; Anatoly N. Oraevsky; Yakov I. Khanin, Editor(s)

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