Chaotic scattering in deformed optical microlasing cavities

Zonghua Liu, Ying-Cheng Lai

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We consider a common class of dielectric optical microlasing cavities with quadrupolar deformations and address the question of the maximally allowed amount of deformation for both high-Q operation and a high degree of directionality of light emission. Our approach is to compute the probability for light rays to be trapped in the cavity by examining chaotic scattering dynamics in the classical phase space. We develop a dynamical criterion for high-Q operation and introduce a measure to quantify the directionality of the light emission. Our results suggest that high-Q and directionality can be achieved simultaneously in a wide range of the deformation parameter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046204
Pages (from-to)046204/1-046204/5
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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