Two-Color Optically Addressed Spatial Light Modulator as a Generic Spatiotemporal System

Vladimir V. Semenov, Xavier Porte, Ibrahim Abdulhalim, Laurent Larger, Daniel Brunner

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Nonlinear spatiotemporal systems are the basis for countless physical phenomena in such diverse fields as ecology, optics, electronics, and neuroscience. The canonical approach to unify models originating from different fields is the normal form description, which determines the generic dynamical aspects and different bifurcation scenarios. Realizing different types of dynamical systems via one experimental platform that enables continuous transition between normal forms through tuning accessible system parameters is, therefore, highly relevant. Here, we show that a transmissive, optically addressed spatial light modulator under coherent optical illumination and optical feedback coupling allows tuning between pitchfork, transcritical, and saddle-node bifurcations of steady states. We demonstrate this by analytically deriving the system's dynamical equations in correspondence to the normal forms of the associated bifurcations and confirm these results via extensive numerical simulations. Our model describes a nematic liquid crystal device using nano-dimensional dichalcogenide (a-As 2S 3) glassy thin films as photo sensors and alignment layers, and we use device parameters obtained from experimental characterization. Optical coupling, for example, using diffraction, holography, or integrated unitary maps allows implementing a variety of system topologies of technological relevance for neural networks and potentially Ising or XY-Hamiltonian models with ultralow energy consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121104
Issue number12
StatePublished - 30 Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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