Condensation of Thresholds in Multimode Microlasers

27 Jul 2016  ·  Ge Li, Cao Hui, Stone A. Douglas ·

We show from ab initio laser theory that by choosing an appropriate spatial pump profile, many different spatial modes of a typical microlaser can be turned on at the same pump energy, substantially increasing the number, N, of simultaneous lasing modes. The optimal pump profile can be obtained simply from knowledge of the space-dependent saturated gain profile when the system is uniformly pumped up to the Nth modal threshold... We test this general result by applying it to a two-dimensional diffusive random laser and a microdisk laser. Achieving highly multimode lasing at reasonable pump powers is useful for reducing the spatial coherence of laser sources, making them suitable for use in speckle-free imaging and other applications. read more

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