This volume contains tutorial papers from the lectures and seminars presented at the NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Instabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics", held at the "Il Ciocco" Conference Center, Castelvecchio Pascoli, Lucca, Italy, June 28-July 7, 1987. The title of the volume is designated Instabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics II, because of the nearly coincident publication of a collection of articles on research in this field edited by F.T. Arecchi and R.G. Harrison [Instabilities and Chaos in Quantum Optics, (Springer, Berlin, 1987) 1. That volume provides more detailed information about some of these topics. Together they will serve as a comprehensive and tutorial pair of companion volumes. This school was directed by Prof. Massimo Inguscio, of the Department of Physics, University of Naples, Naples, Italy to whom we express our gratitude on behalf of all lecturers and students. The Scientific Advisory Committee consisted of N.B. Abraham of Bryn Mawr College; F.T. Arecchi of the National Institute of Optics in Florence and the University of Florence, and L.A. Lugiato of the Politechnic Institute of Torino. The school continues the long tradition of Europhysics Summer Schools in Quantum Electronics which have provided instruction and training for young researchers and advanced students working in this field for almost twenty years.
Laser (and Maser) Instabilities.- 25 Years of Laser Instabilities.- Shil'nikov Chaos in Lasers.- Instabilities in Fir Lasers.- Analysis of Instability and Chaos in Optically Pumped three Level Lasers.- Theory and Experiments in the Laser with Saturable Absorber.- Gas Laser Instabilities and their Interpretation.- Experimental Studies of Instabilities and Chaos in Single-Mode, Inhomogeneously Broadened Gas Lasers.- Multistability and Chaos in a Two-Photon Microscopic Maser.- Bistable Behavior of a Relativistic Electron Beam in a Magnetic Structure (Wiggler).- Classical and Quantum Noise.- Pump Noise Effects in Dye Lasers.- Quantum Chaos in Quantum Optics: Lectures on the Quantum Dynamics of Classically Chaotic Systems.- Transverse Effects.- Transverse Effects in Nonlinear Optics.- Spatial Chaos in Bistable Optical Arrays.- Instabilities in Passive Optical Systems: Temporal and Spatial Patterns.- Dynamics in Optical Bistability and Nonlinear Optical Media.- Ikeda Delayed-Feedback Instabilities.- Experimental Investigation of the Single-Mode Instability in Optical Bistability.- Dynamics of Optical Bistability in Sodium and Transient Bimodality.- Optical Bistability: Introduction to Nonlinear Etalons GaAs Etalons and Waveguides; Regenerative Pulsations.- Spatial and Temporal Instabilities in Semiconductors.- Four-Wave Mixing and Dynamics.- Methods of Analysis in Nonlinear Dynamics.- Bifurcation Problems in Nonlinear Optics.- Strange Attractors: Estimating the Complexity of Chaotic Signals.- Methods of Adiabatic Elimination of Variables in Simple Laser Models.- Meeting report.- Instabilities, Dynamics and Chaos in Nonlinear Optical Systems.- Contributors.