Fractal modes in unstable resonators

Karman, GP, Mcdonald, GS ORCID:, 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: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation 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 10:41
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:06

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