Ray Chaos and Q Spoiling in Lasing Droplets

A. Mekis, J. U. Nöckel, G. Chen, A. D. Stone, and R. K. Chang
Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 2682 – Published 2 October 1995
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It is proposed that the spoiling of high-Q whispering gallery modes in deformed dielectric spheres can be understood as a transition to chaotic ray dynamics which can no longer be confined by total internal reflection. This is a Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser/Lazutkin transition for light. The theory is applied to explain the lasing properties of droplets.

  • Received 26 May 1995


©1995 American Physical Society

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A. Mekis, J. U. Nöckel, G. Chen, A. D. Stone, and R. K. Chang

  • Applied Physics, Yale University, P.O. Box 208284, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8284

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