Spontaneous optical fractal pattern formation

Huang, JG and McDonald, GS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1304-5182 2005, 'Spontaneous optical fractal pattern formation' , Physical Review Letters, 94 (17) , p. 174101.

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We report, for the first time, spontaneous nonlinear optical spatial fractals. The proposed generic mechanism employs intrinsic nonlinear dynamics both to generate an initial pattern seed and to fill out structure across decades of spatial scale. We demonstrate this in one of the simplest of nonlinear optical systems, composed of a Kerr slice and a single-feedback mirror. In this case, the smallest pattern scales are limited by either the optical wavelength or the diffusion length of the medium photoexcitation. The dimension characteristics of these particular fractals are also derived.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics
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
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review Letters
Publisher: American Physical Society
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00319007
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2007 11:46
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:59
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/301

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