WIAS Preprint No. 1465, (2009)

Scar-like structures and their localization in a perfectly square optical billiard


  • Babushkin, Ihar

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 78A60 65F15 15A52

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 05.45.Mt 42.60.Jf 42.25.Ja 42.55.Px


  • Optical quantum billiards, Semiconductor lasers, Light polarization


We show that scar-like structures (SLS) in a wide aperture vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) can be formed even in a perfectly square geometry due to interaction of polarization and spatial degrees of freedom of light. We show also that dissipation in the system induces an order among the cavity modes, so that SLS become preferred at lasing threshold. More generally, modes which are more localized both in coordinate and momentum space have in average lower losses.

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