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Random lasers ensnared
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Paper Abstract

A random laser is formed by a haphazard assembly of nondescript optical scatters with optical gain. Multiple light scattering replaces the optical cavity of traditional lasers and the interplay between gain, scattering and size determines its unique properties. Random lasers studied till recently, consisted of irregularly shaped or polydisperse scatters, with some average scattering strength constant across the gain frequency band. Photonic glasses can sustain scattering resonances that can be placed in the gain window, since they are formed by monodisperse spheres [1]. The unique resonant scattering of this novel material allows controlling the lasing color via the diameter of the particles and their refractive index. Thus a random laser with a priori set lasing peak can be designed [2]. A special pumping scheme that enables to select the number of activated modes in a random laser permits to prepare RLs in two distinct regimes by controlling directionality through the shape of the pump [3]. When pumping is essentially unidirectional, few (barely interacting) modes are turned on that show as sharp, uncorrelated peaks in the spectrum. By increasing angular span of the pump beams, many resonances intervene generating a smooth emission spectrum with a high degree of correlation, and shorter lifetime. These are signs of a phaselocking transition, in which phases are clamped together so that modes oscillate synchronously.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 April 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8425, Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices X, 84251B (25 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.923852
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Marco Leonetti, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spain)
Cefe López, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8425:
Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices X
Hernán Ruy Míguez; Sergei G. Romanov; Lucio Claudio Andreani; Christian Seassal, Editor(s)

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