Instabilities and Structure Formation

  • Dieter Bäuerle
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


Instabilities are observed in many different types of laser processing. They are related to positive feedbacks between different characteristics (degrees of freedom) in laser—matter interactions. The appearance of an instability means that a small perturbation of the system initially grows exponentially with time. Its further development can lead to different self-organization phenomena, such as spontaneous formation of periodic or stochastic dissipative structures, spiral waves, and many other structures with broken or unbroken symmetry (‘unbroken’ refers to transformations from an unstable structure to a stable or metastable structure without changes in initial symmetry).


Laser Power Coherent Structure Surface Acoustic Wave Hydrodynamic Instability Direct Writing 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieter Bäuerle
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  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhysikJohannes-Kepler-Universität LinzLinzAustria

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