Polarization instabilities of counterpropagating laser beams in sodium vapor


Journal Article

We have observed temporal instabilities in the polarizations of counterpropagating laser beams in atomic sodium vapor. For intensities slightly above the instability threshold, the polarizations fluctuate periodically. For higher intensities, the fluctuations are chaotic and the system evolves on a strange attractor whose fractal dimension increases with increasing laser intensity. © 1988 The American Physical Society.

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Cited Authors

  • Gauthier, DJ; Malcuit, MS; Boyd, RW

Published Date

  • January 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 16

Start / End Page

  • 1827 - 1830

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.1827

Citation Source

  • Scopus