The nonlinear laser systems studied are generally stable Class B lasers which have been rendered unstable by an additional perturbation. Introducing a perturbation to these laser systems provides the necessary degrees of freedom for chaotic dynamics to occur.
View a more gentle introduction to lasers, nonlinearity and nonlinear lasers.
An overview presentation, given as a Scottish Universities Physics and Astronomy Distinguished Visitor was recorded at the University of Strathclyde on 28/05/2014, Nonlinear dynamics of experimental laser systems including complexity analysis by Prof. Deborah Kane.
Most of the data generated from our experiments can be downloaded from the Open Science Web Database.