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Opt Lett. 2007 Nov 1;32(21):3089-91.

Statistics of random lasing modes in weakly scattering systems.

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  • 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA.


We investigated the statistics of random lasing modes in colloidal solutions with local pumping. The ensemble-averaged spectral correlation function of single-shot emission spectra exhibits regular oscillations. The statistical distribution of laser emission intensity follows a power-law decay, in comparison with an exponential decay of the statistical distribution of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) intensity. The dramatic difference between the statistics of lasing peaks and that of the stochastic ASE spikes illustrates their distinct mechanisms.

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