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Nonlinear Self-Organization in Photorefractive Materials
Photorefractive Optics: Materials, Properties, and Applications
  • Partha P. Banerjee, University of Dayton
  • Nickolai Kukhtarev, Alabama A & M University
  • John O. Dimmock, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1-1-2000
Abstract
This chapter discusses self-organization and its effects in optics. One of the most exciting and potentially useful areas of current research in optics involves the understanding and exploitation of self-organization in nonlinear optical systems. This self-organization may sometimes lead to the evolution of complex spatial patterns that can be regarded as the nonlinear eigenmodes of the system. Generation of these patterns is characteristically marked by the presence of intensity thresholds. In a nonlinear system with complicated temporal dynamics, it turns out that one cannot retain purity in spatial dimensionality. It is therefore equally important to investigate the dynamics of the transverse spatial variations, which in fact give rise to very interesting patterns due to self-organization. A vast wealth of patterns can be achieved by using a nonlinear optical element with feedback that has the capability of providing field transformation, for example, by spatial filtering. These types of systems are called optical kaleidoscopes simply because of the different self-organized patterns that they can generate.
Inclusive pages
43–73
ISBN/ISSN
9780127748108
Comments

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Publisher
Academic Press
Place of Publication
San Diego, CA
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Partha P. Banerjee, Nickolai Kukhtarev and John O. Dimmock. "Nonlinear Self-Organization in Photorefractive Materials" Photorefractive Optics: Materials, Properties, and Applications (2000)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/partha_banerjee/7/