Hexagonal self-structuring due to optomechanical nonlinearities in cold atomic gases

T. Ackemann, G. Labeyrie, E. Tesio, P. Gomes, G.L. Oppo, W.J. Firth, G.R.M. Robb, A Arnold, R. Kaïser

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We demonstrate an optomechanical instability in a sample of cold atoms driven by a single laser beam in presence of a feedback mirror. Hexagonal light filaments propagate in atom-depleted tubes forming a honeycomb lattice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Optics
Subtitle of host publicationNonlinear Optomechanics (NW3B) 2013
PublisherOptical Society of America
ISBN (Print)9781557529770
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
EventNonlinear Optics - Kohala Coast, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013


ConferenceNonlinear Optics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKohala Coast, Hawaii


  • hexagonal self-structuring
  • optomechanical nonlinearities
  • cold
  • atomic gases


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