Pattern formation in a ring cavity with temporally incoherent feedback

Tal Schwartz*, Jason W. Fleischer, Oren Cohen, Hrvoje Buljan, Mordechai Segev, Tal Carmon

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We present a theoretical and experimental study of modulation instability and pattern formation in a passive nonlinear optical cavity that is longer than the coherence length of the light circulating in it. Pattern formation in this cavity exhibits various features of a second-order phase transition, closely resembling laser action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2197-2205
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


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