Title

Light-induced self-synchronizing flow patterns

Authors

Authors

E. Greenfield; C. Rotschild; A. Szameit; J. Nemirovsky; R. El-Ganainy; D. N. Christodoulides; M. Saraf; E. Lifshitz;M. Segev

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Abbreviated Journal Title

New J. Phys.

Keywords

BIFURCATIONS; DRIVEN; LASER; Physics, Multidisciplinary

Abstract

In this paper, we present the observation of light-induced self-synchronizing flow patterns in a light-fluid system. A light beam induces local flow patterns in a fluid, which oscillate periodically or chaotically in time. The oscillations within different regions of the fluid interact with each other through heat-and surface-tension-induced fluid waves, and they become synchronized. We demonstrate optical control over the state of synchronization and over the temporal correlation between different parts of the flow field. Finally, we provide a model to elucidate these results and we suggest further ideas on light controlling flow and vice versa.

Journal Title

New Journal of Physics

Volume

13

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

12

WOS Identifier

WOS:000292001600004

ISSN

1367-2630

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