Life before mean free path

Kumar, N. (1999) Life before mean free path Current Science, 76 (10). pp. 1330-1333. ISSN 0011-3891

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A coherently amplifying medium containing dense random weak scatterers can exhibit mirror-less lasing beyond a threshold of optical pumping even when the active medium has linear dimensions much smaller than the estimated transport mean free path. The threshold pump power decreases with decreasing mean free path. This mirror-less lasing can be understood in terms of the sub-mean free path scatterings which are normally statistically rare, but are now made effective by the coherent amplification that more than offsets their otherwise low probability of occurrence.

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