Chaos in a CO2 wave-guide laser due to transverse-mode competition

Year: 1990

Authors: Arecchi F.T., Meucci R., Pezzati L.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy;
Department of Physics, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

Abstract: We report on the spontaneous onset of temporal chaos in a waveguide CO2 laser due to the interaction between two transverse modes. A nonstandard configuration of the resonator has been used in order to obtain multitransverse mode operation. Starting from a mirror setting where two modes have a stable coexistence, further tiny variations of the cavity length induce a period-doubling cascade to chaos.


Volume: 42 (9)      Pages from: 5791  to: 5793

KeyWords: Chaos; CO2 laser
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.42.5791

Citations: 11
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