Amplitude instabilities of transverse traveling waves in lasers

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A new class of amplitude instabilities severely restricts the stability domain of the transverse patterns in a laser that takes the form of a continuum of waves traveling transverse to the laser axis. Linear stability analyses and numerical solution of the laser equations reveal that one of the instabilities, which should be manifest in a broad range of contexts for which traveling waves are the preferred pattern, results in the death of the traveling wave and its replacement by a wave traveling in the opposite direction which exhibits novel transient and asymptotic behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1705-1708
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1993

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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