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Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Aug 17;99(7):073902. Epub 2007 Aug 15.

Switchable lasing in multimode microcavities.

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  • 1Physikalisches Institut, Universit├Ąt Bonn, Nussallee 12, D-53115 Bonn, Germany.


We propose the new concept of a switchable multimode microlaser. As a generic, realistic model of a multimode microresonator a system of two coupled defects in a two-dimensional photonic crystal is considered. We demonstrate theoretically that lasing of the cavity into one selected resonator mode can be caused by injecting an appropriate optical pulse at the onset of laser action (injection seeding). Temporal mode-to-mode switching by reseeding the cavity after a short cooldown period is demonstrated by direct numerical solution. A qualitative analytical explanation of the mode switching in terms of the laser bistability is presented.

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