A theory of lasing in an optically thin layer of active centers disposed at a metal surface is developed from first principles. The approach is based on a rigorous account of the local field in the close vicinity of a reflective surface, which provides feedback for dipole oscillations in active centers. It is demonstrated that the gain medium thickness plays a crucial role in the lasing condition and controls switching from conventional lasing to lasing without inversion. The numerical calculations are carried out for erbium doped glass bordering a gold surface where radiation at telecom wavelength (1532 nm) can be generated.
|Journal||Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 12. Aug 2022|