Transverse Patterns in a Nonlinear Cell with Single Mirror Feedback

E. Garamella and M. Tamburrini, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Rome, Italy; E. Santamato, Università di Napoli, Naples, Italy

Transverse pattern formation in nonlinear optics was investigated in many complex arrangements both experimentally and numerically. But, as generally both nonlinearity and diffraction act simultaneously, the analytic treatment could never be performed, and moreover patterns were out of control. In this view, a rather simple system made of a thin Kerr cell and a planar feedback mirror and exhibiting transverse effects was recently proposed.

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