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Crescent Waves in Optical Cavities

By Chandroth P. Jisha, YuanYao Lin, Tsin-Dong Lee and Ray-Kuang Lee


We theoretically and experimentally generate stationary crescent surface solitons pinged to the boundary of a micro-structured vertical cavity surface emission laser by using the intrinsic cavity mode as a background potential. Instead of a direct transition from linear to nonlinear cavity modes, we demonstrate the existence of a symmetry-breaking crescent waves without any analogs in the linear limit. Our results provide an alternative and general method to control lasing characteristics as well as to study optical surface waves.Comment: 3 figure

Topics: Physics - Optics, Nonlinear Sciences - Pattern Formation and Solitons
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.183902
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