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Fractal modes in unstable resonators

Karman, GP, Mcdonald, GS, New, GHC and Woerdman, JP 1999, 'Fractal modes in unstable resonators' , Nature, 402 , p. 138.

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    One of the simplest optical systems, consisting of two mirrors facing each other to form a resonator, turns out to have a surprising property. Here we show that the peculiar eigenmodes of unstable resonators are fractals, a finding that may lead to a better understanding of phenomena such as chaotic scattering and pattern formation. Our discovery may have practical application to lasers based on unstable resonators

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Energy
    Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Nature
    Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0028-0836
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    Depositing User: GS McDonald
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 11:41
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14

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