Devil's staircase in three-dimensional coherent waves localized on Lissajous parametric surfaces

Y. F. Chen, Ting-Hua Lu, K. W. Su, K. F. Huang

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We experimentally demonstrate the significance of the longitudinal- transverse coupling in the mesoscopic regime by using a high-Q laser resonator as an analog experiment. The longitudinal-transverse coupling is found to lead to the three-dimensional (3D) coherent waves that are localized on the parametric surfaces with Lissajous transverse patterns. More strikingly, experimental results reveal that the mode locking of the 3D coherent states forms a nearly complete Devil's staircase with the hierarchical ordering.

Original languageEnglish
Article number213902
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun 12


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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