## An Optical Demonstration of Fractal Geometry

**Billy Scannel, Ben Van Dusen, Richard Taylor**

We have built a Sinai cube to illustrate and investigate the scaling properties that result by iterating chaotic trajectories into a well ordered system.

We allow red, green and blue light to reflect off a mirrored sphere, which is contained in an otherwise, closed mirrored cube. The resulting images are modeled by ray tracing procedures and both sets of images undergo fractal analysis.

We offer this as a novel demonstration of fractal geometry, utilizing the aesthetic appeal of these images to motivate an intuitive understanding of the resulting scaling plots and associated fractal dimensions.

Read more: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1209/1209.2182.pdf

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