Optical pattern formation in a Kerr-like medium with feedback

Year: 1996

Authors: Ramazza P.L., Pampaloni E., Residori S., Arecchi F.T.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Abstract: We present a series of experiments on pattern formation in an optical system including a Liquid Crystal Light Valve (LCLV), that with good approximation behaves like a Kerr medium, inserted in a feedback loop. We discuss the physical origin of the length scales and of the various symmetries that are observed close to the threshold for pattern formation.


Volume: 96 (1-4)      Pages from: 259  to: 271

KeyWords: pattern formation; nonlinear optics; symmetries; liquid crystal light valves;
DOI: 10.1016/0167-2789(96)00026-7

Citations: 16
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