Quantitative verification of ab initio self-consistent laser theory

Li Ge, Robert J. Tandy, A. Douglas Stone, Hakan E. Türeci

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We generalize and test the recent "ab initio" self-consistent (A1SC) 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16895-16902
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 13 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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