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Optics: Whispering gallery modes in large systems

  1. Feb 2, 2014 #1
    While reading about whispering gallery modes, I have learned that whispering gallery modes can be seen for "microscopic spheres or toruses" -Wikipedia- , But can they practically be observed in relatively large prisms or glass spheres (m or even cm magnitude) ?
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  3. Feb 3, 2014 #2


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    Whispering gallery modes can occur in light waves, sound waves, and electron density waves. For instance, see this:

    Nature 457, 455-458 (22 January 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07627; Received 12 July 2008; Accepted 6 November 2008
    High-Q surface-plasmon-polariton whispering-gallery microcavity
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