Combined effects of polarization and nonparaxial propagation on pattern formation

F. Papoff, G. D’Alessandro, G. L. Oppo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


We show analytically that the presence inside an optical cavity of a polarizer and a hard diffracting object, for example, a circular aperture or waveguide, reduces the symmetry of the system from cylindrical to rectangular. As a consequence, patterns with concentric rings of bright or dark spots made up by modes whose azimuthal indexes are not multiples of one another, appear when the zero-field solution becomes unstable. These types of bifurcations are anomalous if the symmetry is cylindrical and therefore indicate the presence of polarization effects induced by diffraction. As an example of this type of system, we investigate numerically the bifurcations of a ring laser with a metallic duct and a polarizer inside the optical cavity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)648-662
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1999


  • polarization
  • nonparaxial propagation
  • patterns
  • ring laser


Dive into the research topics of 'Combined effects of polarization and nonparaxial propagation on pattern formation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this