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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2014
  • pp: 4136–4139

Dark state lasers

Cale M. Gentry and Miloš A. Popović  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 14, pp. 4136-4139 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.004136


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Abstract

We propose a new type of laser resonator based on imaginary energy-level splitting (imaginary coupling or quality factor Q-splitting) in a pair of coupled microcavities. A particularly advantageous arrangement involves two microring cavities with different free-spectral ranges in a configuration wherein they are coupled by far-field interference in a shared radiation channel. A novel Vernier-like effect for laser resonators is designed in which only one longitudinal resonant mode has a lower loss than the small-signal gain and can achieve lasing while all other modes are suppressed. This configuration enables ultrawidely tunable single-frequency lasers based on either homogeneously or inhomogeneously broadened gain media. The concept is an alternative to the common external cavity configurations for achieving tunable single-mode operation in a laser. The proposed laser concept builds on a high-Q “dark state,” which is established by radiative interference coupling and bears a direct analogy to parity-time symmetric Hamiltonians in optical systems. Variants of this concept should be extendable to parametric-gain-based oscillators, enabling widely tunable single-frequency light sources.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(130.3990) Integrated optics : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 19, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2014
Published: July 9, 2014

Citation
Cale M. Gentry and Miloš A. Popović, "Dark state lasers," Opt. Lett. 39, 4136-4139 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-14-4136


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