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Seminar

Spontaneous patterns in nonlinear optics

Firth, W (Strathclyde)
Wednesday 10 August 2005, 09:00-10:00

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute

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.

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