Three-dimensional structures in nonlinear cavities containing left-handed materials
Journal article, 2006

We study the coupling between negative diffraction and direct dispersion in a nonlinear ring cavity containing slabs of Kerr nonlinear right-handed and left-handed materials. Within the mean field approximation, we show that a portion of the homogeneous response curve is affected by a three-dimensional modulational instability. We show numerically that the light distribution evolves through a sequence of three-dimensional dissipative structures with different lattice symmetry. These structures are unstable with respect to the upswitching process, leading to a premature transition to the upper branch in the homogeneous hysteresis cycle.


negative diffraction

dissipative structures


optical cavity

nonlinear optics

light bullet


Philippe Tassin

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Theory

Guy Van Der Sande

Nikolay A. Veretenov

Pascal Kockaert

Irina Veretennicoff

Mustapha Tlidi

Optics Express

1094-4087 (ISSN)

Vol. 14 20 9338-9343

Areas of Advance

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SO 2010-2017, EI 2018-)

Subject Categories

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Condensed Matter Physics



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