Spontaneous patterns in nonlinear optics
Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute
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.