Observation of bifurcation to chaos in an all-optical Fabry-Perot resonator

Robert Graham Harrison, W J Firth, I A Al-Saidi

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We report observation of bifurcations, higher harmonics, and chaos in an all-optical quantum system. These phenomena occur in a passive Fabry-Perot resonator, in association with deep and sustained Ikeda modulation of smooth input pulses. Results are in excellent agreement with our adaptation of optical bistability theory to the time-dependent regime. © 1984 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-261
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1984


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