Traveling waves and counterpropagating bright droplets as a result of tailoring the transverse dispersion relation in a multistable optical system

E.Z. Yao, F. Papoff, S. Rankin

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We study a diffusive, multistable optical system with nonlocal nonlinearity where the transverse dispersion relations of traveling waves emerging from uniform states are modified by filtering the spatial frequencies. We investigate how the spatial cutoff frequency has strong effects on the position and nature of the primary bifurcation leading to traveling waves and enable the observation of secondary bifurcations of the traveling waves to a great variety of blinking and traveling bright droplets. We give an overview of the properties of waves and droplets
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)013821-1
Number of pages13820
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number013821
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2003


  • traveling waves
  • counterpropagating
  • bright droplets
  • transverse dispersion
  • optical systems
  • optics
  • physics

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