Optical wave turbulence

S.K. Turitsyn, S.A. Babin, E.G. Turitsyna, G.E. Falkovich, E.V. Podivilov, D.V. Churkin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputChapter (peer-reviewed)


We review recent progress in optical wave turbulence with a specific focus on the fast growing field of fibre lasers. Weak irregular nonlinear interactions between a large number of resonator modes are responsible for practically important characteristics of fibre lasers such as spectral broadening of radiation. Wave turbulence is a fundamental nonlinear phenomenon which occurs in a variety of nonlinear wave-bearing physical systems. The experimental impediments and the computationally intensive nature of simulating of hydrodynamic or plasma wave turbulence often make it rather challenging to collect a significant number of statistical data The study of turbulent wave behaviour in optical devices offers quite a unique opportunity to collect an enormous amount of data on statistical properties of wave turbulence using high-speed, high precision optical measurements during a relatively short period of time. We present recent theoretical, numerical and experimental results on optical wave turbulence in fibre lasers ranging from weak to strong developed turbulence for different signs of fibre dispersion. Furthermore, we report on our studies of spectral wave condensate in fibre lasers that make interdisciplinary links with a number of other research fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in wave turbulence
EditorsVictor Shrira, Sergei Nazarenko
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages51
ISBN (Print)978-981-4366-93-9, 981-4366-93-5
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameWorld Scientific Series on Nonlinear Science Series A
PublisherWorld Scientific


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