Bright emission from a random Raman laser. Academic Article uri icon


  • Random lasers are a developing class of light sources that utilize a highly disordered gain medium as opposed to a conventional optical cavity. Although traditional random lasers often have a relatively broad emission spectrum, a random laser that utilizes vibration transitions via Raman scattering allows for an extremely narrow bandwidth, on the order of 10cm(-1). Here we demonstrate the first experimental evidence of lasing via a Raman interaction in a bulk three-dimensional random medium, with conversion efficiencies on the order of a few percent. Furthermore, Monte Carlo simulations are used to study the complex spatial and temporal dynamics of nonlinear processes in turbid media. In addition to providing a large signal, characteristic of the Raman medium, the random Raman laser offers us an entirely new tool for studying the dynamics of gain in a turbid medium.

published proceedings

  • Nat Commun

altmetric score

  • 23.616

author list (cited authors)

  • Hokr, B. H., Bixler, J. N., Cone, M. T., Mason, J. D., Beier, H. T., Noojin, G. D., ... Yakovlev, V. V.

citation count

  • 85

complete list of authors

  • Hokr, Brett H||Bixler, Joel N||Cone, Michael T||Mason, John D||Beier, Hope T||Noojin, Gary D||Petrov, Georgi I||Golovan, Leonid A||Thomas, Robert J||Rockwell, Benjamin A||Yakovlev, Vladislav V

publication date

  • July 2014