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Chaotic billiard lasers

The chaotic motion of light rays gives microlasers surprising emission properties, enhancing quantum tunnelling by many orders of magnitude and producing highly directional output beams.

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Figure 1: Cross-sectional shape of the 'asymmetric resonant cavity' microlaser of Shinohara and colleagues3.

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