Spontaneous and induced motion of optical patterns

A J Scroggie, D Gomila, W J Firth, G L Oppo

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The universality of two mechanisms of motion of patterns in nonlinear optics is demonstrated. In the first one, two-dimensional disordered patterns are shown to scroll with constant velocity after transients are discarded. In the second case, pattern motion is induced by background modulations. Spatially periodic patterns lock to maxima or minima of the underlying modulation depending on its wavevector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-968
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005


  • homogeneously broadened lasers
  • nonlinear transverse-modes
  • paramtric oscillators
  • unstable patterns
  • spatial-patterns
  • cavity solitons
  • stable droplets


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