Observation of Gouy scars in optical wave chaos

  • J. Dingjan
  • M. P. van Exter
  • J. P. Woerdman
Conference paper


We report experimental observation of scars in the wave chaos occurring in a 3-mirror optical resonator. The scars are associated with Gouy phases that are rational fractions of 2π; these lead to periodic ray paths which close after a certain number of round trips.


Periodic Orbit Rational Fraction Classical Limit Round Trip Quantum Chaos 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Dingjan
    • 1
  • M. P. van Exter
    • 1
  • J. P. Woerdman
    • 1
  1. 1.Huygens LaboratoryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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