We report results of a detailed analysis of the dynamic response of folded Fabry-Pérot resonators containing a cubic nonlinear medium with finite time constant. Under different conditions, we find steady, oscillatory and chaotic responses to a steady driving field. Oscillation periods of many optical round-trip times are observed for sluggish media. Instability thresholds are well described by a complex characteristic equation, for which we obtain analytic solutions in the limits of high and of low finesse. Fourier spectra and phase-space plots of non-stationary responses are presented. © 1982.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physics Letters A|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Aug 1982|