Modal Domains and Selectivity in Large Square Lasers

Liming Liu, Ziyuan Li, Haroldo T. Hattori


Modes in square resonators have C4v symmetry. A special set of modes in these resonators have odd parities and behave like whispering gallery modes. These quasi-whispering gallery modes have high quality factors and exhibit interesting features. In particular, higher order quasi-whispering gallery modes present nodes that seem to be grouped into smaller domains.  We show that the removal of one of these domains does not significantly affect a particular mode but can lead to significant increment in the radiation losses of other modes. This mode selectivity process can eventually be used to develop quasi single-mode lasers.

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