We experimentally investigate pattern formation in a single-wavelength long laser cavity with a large Fresnel number. Near the laser threshold, we observe a single frequency spatially periodic structure corresponding to titled waves theoretically predicted by the Maxwell-Bloch equations. We also show the presence of secondary instabilities at other wavelengths and polarization instabilities at the same wavelength for different parameter values.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)