Routes to Optical Turbulence in a Dispersive Ring Bistable Cavity Containing Saturable Nonlinearities

  • J. V. Moloney
  • H. M. Gibbs
  • F. A. Hopf


Using a plane wave analysis we show that co-existent attractors, representing distinct routes to optical turbulence, appear on a single branch of a dispersive ring bistable cavity. Some of these routes appear to arise via a tangent (saddle-node) bifurcation and are not found in the logistic map analyzed by Feigenbaum. When transverse variations in the beam profile are accounted for, a new transition sequence arises which is consistent with recent observations in a fluid dynamical experiment.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. V. Moloney
    • 1
  • H. M. Gibbs
    • 1
  • F. A. Hopf
    • 1
  1. 1.Optical Sciences CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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