Frahm, K. M. and Schomerus, H. and Patra, M. and Beenakker, C. W. J. (2000) *Large Petermann factor in chaotic cavities with many scattering channels.* EPL, 49. p. 48. ISSN 1286-4854

## Abstract

The quantum-limited linewidth of a laser cavity is enhanced above the Schawlow-Townes value by the Petermann factor K, due to the non-orthogonality of the cavity modes. The average Petermann factor <K> in an ensemble of cavities with chaotic scattering and broken time-reversal symmetry is calculated non-perturbatively using random-matrix theory and the supersymmetry technique, as a function of the decay rate Gamma of the lasing mode and the number of scattering channels N. We find for N>>1 that for typical values of Gamma the average Petermann factor <K> propto N >> 1 is parametrically larger than unity.

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