Publications [#246487] of Daniel J Gauthier

Papers Published
  1. Gauthier, DJ; Malcuit, MS; Boyd, RW, Polarization instabilities of counterpropagating laser beams in sodium vapor, Physical Review Letters, vol. 61 no. 16 (1988), pp. 1827-1830 [doi] .

    We have observed temporal instabilities in the polarizations of counterpropagating laser beams in atomic sodium vapor. For intensities slightly above the instability threshold, the polarizations fluctuate periodically. For higher intensities, the fluctuations are chaotic and the system evolves on a strange attractor whose fractal dimension increases with increasing laser intensity. © 1988 The American Physical Society.