Theory of the spatial structure of nonlinear lasing modes

Hakan E. Türeci, A. Douglas Stone, Li Ge

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A self-consistent integral equation is formulated and solved iteratively which determines the steady-state lasing modes of open multimode lasers. These modes are naturally decomposed in terms of frequency dependent biorthogonal modes of a linear wave equation and not in terms of resonances of the cold cavity. A one-dimensional cavity laser is analyzed and the lasing mode is found to have nontrivial spatial structure even in the single-mode limit. In the multimode regime spatial hole-burning and mode competition is treated exactly. The formalism generalizes to complex, chaotic, and random laser media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013813
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 13 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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