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Day September 5, 2011

Pump-induced Exceptional Points in Lasers above Threshold

M. Liertzer, Li Ge, A. Cerjan, A. D. Stone, H. E. Türeci, S. Rotter

We demonstrate that the above-threshold behavior of a laser can be strongly affected by exceptional points which are induced by pumping the laser non-uniformly. At these singularities the eigenstates of the non-Hermitian operator which describes the lasing modes coalesce. In the vicinity of these points the laser may turn off even when the overall pump power deposited in the system is increased. We suggest that such signatures of a pump-induced exceptional point can be experimentally probed with coupled ridge or microdisk lasers.
Optics (physics.optics)