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An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Developments in Experimental Pattern Formation

Spontaneous Patterns in Nonlinear Optics

Author: W J Firth (Strathclyde)

Abstract

Spontaneous patterns in optics usually involve diffraction, rather than diffusion, as the primary spatial coupling mechanism. The simplest and most successful system involves a nonlinear medium with a single feedback mirror. The basic theory and experimental status of that system will be reviewed, along with discussion of other systems such as semiconductor micro-resonators, and the closely related topic of dissipative solitons in such systems.