Abstract

This Letter lays the foundation of a new type of distributed feedback (DFB) laser whose optical feedback is due to the evanescent coupling between an active positive-index material (PIM) waveguide and a lossy negative-index metamaterial (NIM) waveguide. Active PIM–NIM coupled-mode equations are presented and solved to characterize the dispersion relation, resonant optical gain, and lasing. The photonic bandgap of this grating-less DFB laser does not depend on a Bragg wavenumber, but depends on the difference between the wavenumbers of the PIM and NIM waveguides; controlling this wavenumber difference allows for single-mode lasing and, ultimately, single-mode broadband lasing.

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