Euclidean matrix theory of random lasing in a cloud of cold atoms
Université Grenoble 1/CNRS, LPMMC UMR 5493 - B.P. 166, 38042 Grenoble, France, EU
Accepted: 19 September 2011
We develop an ab initio analytic theory of random lasing in an ensemble of atoms that both scatter and amplify light. The theory applies all the way from low to high density of atoms. The properties of the random laser are controlled by an Euclidean matrix with elements equal to the Green's function of the Helmholtz equation between pairs of atoms in the system. Lasing threshold and the intensity of laser emission are calculated in the semiclassical approximation. The results are compared to the outcome of the diffusion theory of random lasing.
PACS: 42.55.Zz – Random lasers / 42.25.Dd – Wave propagation in random media
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