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Chaos in light

Nature volume 321, pages 394401 (22 May 1986) | Download Citation

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Chaos is an inherent feature of many nonlinear systems. In particular, the transition from a steady to chaotic state occurs independently of the physical properties of the system. Such behaviour occurs in optics, both in lasers and in nonlinear optical devices. Such devices, which are fundamentally simple both in construction and in the mathematics that describes them, provide excellent opportunities for investigating nonlinear phenomena as well as for technological innovation.

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  1. Physics Department, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK

    • Robert G. Harrison
  2. MDRS (Physics Group), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay 400 085, India

    • Dhruba J. Biswas

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