Spontaneous Pattern Formation with Incoherent White Light

Schwartz, Tal and Carmon, Tal and Buljan, Hrvoje and Segev, Mordechai (2004) Spontaneous Pattern Formation with Incoherent White Light. Physical Review Letters, 93 (22). pp. 223901-4. ISSN 0031-9007

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We present the first experimental observation of modulation instability and spontaneous pattern formation with incoherent white light emitted from an incandescent light bulb. We show experimentally that modulation instability of white light propagating in a noninstantaneous self-focusing medium is a collective effect, where the entire temporal spectrum of the light beam becomes unstable at the same threshold value and collectively forms a pattern with a single periodicity. We experimentally demonstrate that the temporal spectrum of the evolving perturbation self-adjusts to match the collective pattern formation phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: pattern, formation, light, statistics, optics
Date: November 2004
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Additional Information: Copyright (2004) by the American Physical Society.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Project code: 119250
Publisher: American Physical Society
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 24 May 2014 13:35
Last Modified: 24 May 2014 13:35
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/1672

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