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Science. 2008 May 2;320(5876):643-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1155311.

Strong interactions in multimode random lasers.

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  • 1Institute of Quantum Electronics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland.


Unlike conventional lasers, diffusive random lasers (DRLs) have no resonator to trap light and no high-Q resonances to support lasing. Because of this lack of sharp resonances, the DRL has presented a challenge to conventional laser theory. We present a theory able to treat the DRL rigorously and provide results on the lasing spectra, internal fields, and output intensities of DRLs. Typically DRLs are highly multimode lasers, emitting light at a number of wavelengths. We show that the modal interactions through the gain medium in such lasers are extremely strong and lead to a uniformly spaced frequency spectrum, in agreement with recent experimental observations.

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