Properties of feedback solitons in a single-mirror experiment

B. Schapers, T. Ackemann, W. Lange

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Abstract

We report on the observation of localized states (LSs) in a single-mirror feedback system using sodium vapor as the nonlinear medium. By combining experimental results with simulations based on a microscopic model and with results of a linear stability analysis of the homogeneous state, we discuss the properties of the LSs, the mechanism of their formation, their domain of existence in parameter space, their interaction with the amplitude and phase gradient in the Gaussian beam of the driving laser, and the formation of 'molecules' and 'clusters' of LSs. We elucidate the dominant role of diffraction in the interaction of the LSs and discuss relations between the clusters of LSs and extended patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-237
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

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Linear stability analysis
Gaussian beams
Solitons
Mirrors
Diffraction
solitary waves
Vapors
Sodium
mirrors
Feedback
sodium vapor
Molecules
Lasers
Experiments
interactions
gradients
diffraction
lasers
molecules
simulation

Keywords

  • optics
  • mirrors
  • optical feedback
  • optical resonators
  • optical self-focusing
  • optical solitons
  • pattern formation
  • sodium

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In: IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, Vol. 39, No. 2, 02.2003, p. 227-237.

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