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Kaleidoscope lasers: Polygonal boundary conditions & geometrical instabilities

McDonald, GS, Christian, JM and Huang, JG 2013, Kaleidoscope lasers: Polygonal boundary conditions & geometrical instabilities , in: College of Science & Technology Research Showcase, 19th June 2013, University of Salford. (In Press)

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Abstract

Kaleidoscope lasers are geometrically unstable cavities with a feedback mirror that has the shape of a regular polygon [1]. Early calculations of the transverse eigenmodes of these systems hinted toward a fractal (or multi-scale) characteristic, but computational-resource limitations of the day imposed fairly strong restrictions on the cavity parameter regimes that could be considered [2]. In this presentation, we will report on a new semi-analytical modelling approach for kaleidoscope lasers that combines a 2D generalization of Southwell’s classic virtual source method [3] with exact mathematical descriptions of constituent (Fresnel) edge-waves from polygonal apertures [4]. Key considerations include computations of mode patterns (see Fig. 1), eigenvalue spectra, and convergence phenomena (where the feedback mirror tends towards the circular limit). We have also performed what appear to be the first numerical calculations of (power spectrum) fractal dimension for arbitrary cavity parameters, uncovering some surprising results in the process. References [1] G. P. Karman, G. S. McDonald, G. H. C. New, and J. P. Woerdman, Nature 402, 138 (1999). [2] G. S. McDonald, G. P. Karman, G. H. C. New, and J. P. Woerdman, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 524 (2000). [3] W. H. Southwell, Opt. Lett. 6, 487 (1991); J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 1885 (1986). [4] J. G. Huang, J. M. Christian, and G. S. McDonald, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 2768 (2006).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Energy
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Refereed: Yes
Funders: University of Salford
Depositing User: JM Christian
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 14:07
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29305

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