Connection between Ikeda Instability and Phase Conjugation

  • W. J. Firth
  • E. M. Wright
  • E. J. D. Cummins


Period-doubling to chaos and phase conjugation are two nonlinear optical phenomena which have attracted enormous but largely independent interest in recent years. In this paper we establish a close connection between the two phenomena, both being forms of near-degenerate four-wave mixing. We also report a new and rather unexpected feature of the Ikeda problem: the existence of a stable 3tR oscillation below the period-doubling threshold.


Cavity Mode Round Trip Ring Resonator Gain Spectrum Phase Conjugation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Firth
    • 1
  • E. M. Wright
    • 1
  • E. J. D. Cummins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHeriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUK

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