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Lasing in disordered media
Author(s): Hui Cao; Alexey Yamilov; Junying Xu; Eric Seelig; Robert P.H. Chang
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Paper Abstract

We review our recent work on lasing in active random media. Light scattering, which had been regarded detrimental to lasing action for a long time, actually provided coherent feedback for lasing. We also trapped laser light in micrometer-sized random media. The trapping was caused by disorder-induced scattering and interference. This nontraditional way of light confinement has important application to microlasers. The threshold of random laser can be reduced by incorporating some degree of order into an active random medium. Our calculation result shows that by optimizing the degree of order one can dramatically reduce the threshold of random laser to the values comparable to htose of photonic bandgap defect lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4995, Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers II, (3 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479757
Show Author Affiliations
Hui Cao, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Alexey Yamilov, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Junying Xu, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Eric Seelig, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Robert P.H. Chang, Northwestern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4995:
Novel In-Plane Semiconductor Lasers II
Claire F. Gmachl; David P. Bour, Editor(s)

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