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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16895–16902

Quantitative verification of ab initio self-consistent laser theory

Li Ge, Robert J. Tandy, A. Douglas Stone, and Hakan E. Türeci  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16895-16902 (2008)

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We generalize and test the recent “ab initio” self-consistent (AISC) time-independent semiclassical laser theory. This self-consistent formalism generates all the stationary lasing properties in the multimode regime (frequencies, thresholds, internal and external fields, output power and emission pattern) from simple inputs: the dielectric function of the passive cavity, the atomic transition frequency, and the transverse relaxation time of the lasing transition. We find that the theory gives excellent quantitative agreement with full time-dependent simulations of the Maxwell-Bloch equations after it has been generalized to drop the slowly-varying envelope approximation. The theory is infinite order in the non-linear hole-burning interaction; the widely used third order approximation is shown to fail badly.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2008
Published: October 8, 2008

Li Ge, Robert J. Tandy, A. D. Stone, and Hakan E. Türeci, "Quantitative verification of ab initio self-consistent laser theory," Opt. Express 16, 16895-16902 (2008)

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