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 for software laser
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  software laser
   n.
  
      An optical laser works by bouncing photons back and forth between two
      mirrors, one totally reflective and one partially reflective. If the lasing
      material (usually a crystal) has the right properties, photons scattering
      off the atoms in the crystal will excite cascades of more photons, all in
      lockstep. Eventually the beam will escape through the partially-reflective
      mirror. One kind of sorcerer's apprentice mode involving bounce message
      s can produce closely analogous results, with a cascade of messages
      escaping to flood nearby systems. By mid-1993 there had been at least two
      publicized incidents of this kind.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  software laser
  
     An optical laser works by bouncing photons back and forth
     between two mirrors, one totally reflective and one partially
     reflective.  If the lasing material (usually a crystal) has
     the right properties, photons scattering off the atoms in the
     crystal will excite cascades of more photons, all in lockstep.
     Eventually the beam will escape through the partially
     reflective mirror.
  
     One kind of sorcerer's apprentice mode involving bounce
     messages can produce closely analogous results, with a
     cascade of messages escaping to flood nearby systems.  By
     mid-1993 there had been at least two publicised incidents of
     this kind.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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