Classic-fractal eigenmodes of unstable canonical resonators

Watterson, C. M.G., Padgett, M. J. and Courtial, J. (2003) Classic-fractal eigenmodes of unstable canonical resonators. Optics Communications, 223(1-3), 17 -23. (doi: 10.1016/S0030-4018(03)01620-1)

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It was recently shown that intensity cross-sections through the eigenmodes of canonical unstable resonators with polygonal apertures can have the statistical scaling behaviour of fractals. Here we present computer simulations which show that a careful choice of the resonator's parameters, in particular the hitherto unexplored sideways shift of the aperture, can result in intensity cross-sections related to many classic self-similar fractals, such as the Sierpinski Gasket and the Kock Snowflake. Our computer simulations use the monitor-outside-a-monitor effect, which we argue to be equivalent to the more commonly used virtual source method.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Courtial, Dr Johannes and Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Watterson, C. M.G., Padgett, M. J., and Courtial, J.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Optics Communications
Publisher:Elsevier Science B.V.
ISSN (Online):1873-0310
Published Online:14 June 2003

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