Selective excitation of localized modes in active random media

C. Vanneste, P. Sebbah

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Laser action in the regime of Anderson localization is investigated by coupling Maxwell’s equations in a strongly scattering medium with the rate equations of a four-level atomic system. We find that the localized modes of the passive medium are not modified by the presence of gain and serve as resonant microcavities of the random laser. The spectrum of laser emission is shown to depend on the location of the external pump. These results are similar to the recent experimental observations in semiconductor powder [Cao et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 2278 (1999)]. We show that local pumping of the system allows selective excitation of individual localized modes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183903-1-183903-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


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