Abstract

We demonstrate numerically that the temporal periodic modulation of the pump can excite regular transverse spatiotemporal intensity patterns in broad-area lasers. The Floquet stability analysis is used to characterize dynamics of modulated systems. Pattern formation occurs when the modulation frequency is approximately equal to the relaxation frequency or twice the value of this frequency. Instability of homogeneous oscillations leads to the formation of regular optical patterns, such as stripes and hexagons. The characteristic sizes of the observed patterns are in good agreement with predictions of the Floquet analysis.

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» Visualization 1       Oscillating stripes.
» Visualization 2       Oscillating hexagons.

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