Rayleigh-taylor instability in nonlinear optics

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We demonstrate, theoretically and experimentally, an all-optical Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Observations of the characteristic spatial period as a function of intensity difference, nonlinearity, and refractive index gradient show excellent agreement with analytical calculations from perturbation theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2009
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2009 - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: May 31 2009Jun 5 2009

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


OtherConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2009
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Jia, S., & Fleischer, J. W. (2009). Rayleigh-taylor instability in nonlinear optics. In Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2009 (Optics InfoBase Conference Papers).