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 publicationNonlinear Optics
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Fundamentals and Applications, NLO 2009
PublisherOptical Society of America (OSA)
ISBN (Print)9781557528735
StatePublished - 2009
EventNonlinear Optics: Materials, Fundamentals and Applications, NLO 2009 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jul 12 2009Jul 17 2009

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


OtherNonlinear Optics: Materials, Fundamentals and Applications, NLO 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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