A new way of controlling the laser properties of optical materials by designing composite materials that exploit local-field effects is proposed. It is shown that the basic laser properties, such as the radiative lifetime of the upper laser level, small-signal gain coefficient, and saturation intensity can be controlled independently by means of local-field effects. These ideas could be used to design laser systems with significantly improved properties.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2007
Published: July 19, 2007
Photonic Metamaterials (2007) JOSA A
Ksenia Dolgaleva and Robert W. Boyd, "Laser gain media based on nanocomposite materials," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, A19-A25 (2007)