Shil’nikov Chaos in Lasers

  • F. T. Arecchi
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 176)


The onset of deterministic chaos in lasers is studied by referring to low dimensional systems, in order to isolate the characteristics of chaos from the random fluctuations due to the coupling with a thermal reservoir. For this purpose, attention is focused on single mode homogeneous line lasers, whose dynamics is ruled by a low number of coupled variables. In the examined cases, experiments and theoretical model are in close agreement. In particular I describe Shilnikov chaos, how it can be characterized, and the strong resulting coupling between nonlinear dynamics and statistical mechanics.


Homoclinic Orbit Return Time Population Inversion Deterministic Chaos Single Mode Laser 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. T. Arecchi
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  1. 1.Istituto Nazionale di Ottica and Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of FirenzeItaly

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