Boundary-induced localized structures in a nonlinear optical feedback experiment

Ayoub, M. and Papoff, F. and Oppo, Gian-Luca and Denz, C. (2010) Boundary-induced localized structures in a nonlinear optical feedback experiment. European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics, 59 (1). pp. 133-137. ISSN 1434-6060

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Abstract

Experimental and numerical evidence of symmetry-breaking bifurcations of a circular dissipative soliton with additional boundary conditions in the feedback of a liquid crystal light valve are reported. By tuning the strength of the nonlinearity or the size of the additional boundaries, the circular structure breaks up into polygonal symmetries and the system exhibits multistability. The experimental results are confirmed by numerical simulations with different configurations of the polarizers thus demonstrating the universality of the phenomenon.