Instabilities in four-wave mixing


Journal Article

Recent research on instabilites in the four-wave mixing process is summarized. The four-wave mixing process can cause a laser beam to become unstable to the growth of new frequency components as the beam propagates through a nonlinear medium. Similar instabilities can occur in more complicated optical systems such as lasers and bistable optical devices. The nature of the instability is very different for nonlinearities resulting from one- and two-photon resonances in the susceptibility describing four-wave mixing. The four wave mixing process can lead to chaotic behavior in a self-pumped phase conjugate mirror. © 1986 SPIE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boyd, RW; Gaeta, AL; Gauthier, DJ; Malcuit, MS; Narum, P

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 667 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1996-756X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.938862

Citation Source

  • Scopus