Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Random lasers

Resonance control

Random lasers do not have mirrors or optical elements. They often lack a well-defined shape or size, and their emission wavelength is difficult to tune. Now it is shown that the optical resonances in an ensemble of microspheres can provide the crucial element of control.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.


  1. 1

    Noginov, M. A. Solid-State Random Lasers (Springer, Berlin, 2005).

    Google Scholar 

  2. 2

    Gottardo, S. et al. Nature Photon. 2, 429–432 (2008).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3

    Letokhov, V. S. JETP Lett. 5, 212–215 (1967).

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  4. 4

    Letokhov, V. S. Sov. Phys. JETP 26, 835–840 (1968).

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  5. 5

    Cao, H. et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 73, 3656–3658 (1988).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6

    Cao, H. et al. IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quant. Electron. 9, 111–119 (2003).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7

    Anderson, P. W. Phys. Rev. 109, 1492–1505 (1958).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8

    John, S. Phys. Today 32–40 (May 1984).

  9. 9

    Yariv, A., Xu, Y., Lee, R. K. & Scherer, A. Opt. Lett. 24, 711–713 (1999).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10

    Astratov, V. N. & Ashili, S. P. Opt. Express 15, 17351–17361 (2007).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  11. 11

    Schuller, J. A., Zia, R., Taubner, T. & Brongersma, M. L. Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 107401 (2007).

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Noginov, M. Resonance control. Nature Photon 2, 397–398 (2008).

Download citation

Further reading


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing