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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3063–3065

Spatial threshold in amplifying random media

Ramy G. S. El-Dardiry, Allard P. Mosk, and Ad Lagendijk  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 18, pp. 3063-3065 (2010)

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We study experimentally as well as numerically the transport and generation of light in multiple scattering media with optical gain. By imaging the spatial distribution of light escaping from the side of the sample, the propagation depth is analyzed. Far below and far above random laser threshold, the spatial profile of emission light is independent of pump intensity, while around threshold, the spatial distribution of emission light changes profoundly. The experimental results are explained by interpreting the numerical solutions to a set of coupled time-dependent diffusion equations on a nonuniform spatial grid. Our studies provide a new and easily accessible method for observing the random laser threshold.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2010
Published: September 8, 2010

Ramy G. S. El-Dardiry, Allard P. Mosk, and Ad Lagendijk, "Spatial threshold in amplifying random media," Opt. Lett. 35, 3063-3065 (2010)

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