Instabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics

  • F. Tito Arecchi
  • Robert G. Harrison

Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Introduction

    1. F. T. Arecchi, R. G. Harrison
      Pages 1-7
  3. Instabilities and Chaos in Active Systems

    1. N. B. Abraham, A. M. Albano, T. H. Chyba, L. M. Hoffer, M. F. H. Tarroja, S. P. Adams et al.
      Pages 49-71
    2. D. K. Bandy, L. A. Lugiato, L. M. Narducci
      Pages 73-108
    3. D. J. Biswas, R. G. Harrison, C. O. Weiss, W. Klische, D. Dangoisse, P. Glorieux et al.
      Pages 109-121
  4. Instabilities and Chaos in Passive Systems

    1. M. W. Derstine, J. L. Jewell, H. M. Gibbs, F. A. Hopf, M. C. Rushford, L. D. Sanders et al.
      Pages 175-199
    2. G. Giusfredi, S. Cecchi, E. Petriella, P. Salieri, F. T. Arecchi
      Pages 237-249
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-253

About this book


Of the variety of nonlinear dynamical systems that exhibit deterministic chaos optical systems both lasers and passive devices provide nearly ideal systems for quantitative investigation due to their simplicity both in construction and in the mathematics that describes them. In view of their growing technical application the understanding, control and possible exploitation of sources of instability in these systems has considerable practical importance. The aim of this volume is to provide a comprehensive coverage of the current understanding of optical instabilities through a series of reviews by leading researchers in the field. The book comprises nine chapters, five on active (laser) systems and four on passive optically bistable systems. Instabilities and chaos in single- (and multi-) mode lasers with homogeneously and broadened gain media are presented and the influence of an injected signal, loss modulation and also feedback of laser output on this behaviour is treated. Both electrically excited and optically pumped gas lasers are considered, and an analysis of dynamical instabilities in the emission from free electron lasers are presented. Instabilities in passive optically bistable systems include a detailed analysis of the global bifurcations and chaos in which transverse effects are accounted for. Experimental verification of degenerative pulsations and chaos in intrinsic bistable systems is described for various optical feedback systems in which atomic and molecular gases and semiconductors are used as the nonlinear media. Results for a hybrid bistable optical system are significant in providing an important test of current understanding of the dynamical behaviour of passive bistable systems.


chaos laser optics quantum optics semiconductor

Editors and affiliations

  • F. Tito Arecchi
    • 1
  • Robert G. Harrison
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica dell’ UniversitàIstituto Nazionale di OtticaFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsHeriot-Watt UniversityRiccarton, EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-71710-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-71708-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-7389
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