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Monitor-outside-a-monitor effect and self-similar fractal structure in the eigenmodes of unstable optical resonators

Courtial, J., and Padgett, M. J. (2000) Monitor-outside-a-monitor effect and self-similar fractal structure in the eigenmodes of unstable optical resonators. Physical Review Letters, 85 (25). 5320 -5323. ISSN 0031-9007 (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.85.5320)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.85.5320

Abstract

A novel mechanism is proposed for the generation of self-similar structure over a limited range of length scales. Our mechanism, which we call the monitor-outside-a-monitor effect, comprises repeated magnification and addition of small-scale structure. We invoke this mechanism to explain recent observations of fractal structure in the eigenmodes of unstable optical resonators.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Courtial, Dr Johannes and Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Courtial, J., and Padgett, M. J.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review Letters
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
ISSN (Online):1079-7114

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