Abstract

We measure intensity statistics and identify statistical regimes and crossovers in random lasers based on nonresonant feedback. A single parameter extracted from an α-stable Levy fit is used to characterize the intensity distributions in all regimes. Measurements made over a range of scattering strengths, excitation energies, and sample sizes enable us to demarcate three regimes of intensity statistics and the corresponding crossovers. An initial subthreshold Gaussian regime abruptly transits into a Levy regime at the random lasing threshold, which is followed by a continuous gradual crossover toward a second Gaussian regime. We find that the prominence of the Levy regime depends upon the sample size.

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