Bifurcations of optical transverse solitary waves

J. W. Grantham, Galina Khitrova, Hyatt M. Gibbs, John F. Valley, J. Xu

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Bifurcations of optical transverse solitary waves are studied for one-way propagation through a sodium vapor cell. Two types of phase encoding seed transverse bifurcations resulting in cell- exit profiles with beauty rivaling that of a kaleidoscope. The cell-exit profiles are stationary in time, reproduce completely when the power or frequency is scanned, and agree well with one- way computations. Temporal and longitudinal development of the cell-exit profiles is shown, demonstrating both the instability nature of this phenomenon and its solitary wave nature. The first evidence is also presented for a double-peaked Raman gain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0819410667
StatePublished - 1992
EventTransverse Patterns in Nonlinear Optics - St. Petersburg, Russia
Duration: Sep 24 1992Sep 27 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherTransverse Patterns in Nonlinear Optics
CitySt. Petersburg, Russia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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