Random Laser in One Dimension

A. L. Burin, Mark A. Ratner, H. Cao, S. H. Chang

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We present an analytical approach to random lasing in a one-dimensional medium, consistent with transfer matrix numerical simulations. It is demonstrated that the lasing threshold is defined by transmission through the passive medium and thus depends exponentially on the size of the system. Lasing in the most efficient regime of strong three-dimensional localization of light is discussed. We argue that the lasing threshold should have anomalously strong fluctuations from probe to probe, in agreement with recent measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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