We have measured the evolution of the intensity emitted by a random laser during a pump pulse that is comparable in duration to the spontaneous emission decay time. The time traces of our random laser, consisting of titanium dioxide particles and sulforhodamine B dye, show clear relaxation oscillations. We compare our experimental results to an analytic, conventional model based on the four-level rate equations for a singlemode laser. The measured frequency of well-resolved fluctuation oscillations suggests an effective mode lifetime of 5 ps.

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van der Molen, K. L., Mosk, A., & Lagendijk, A. (2009). Relaxation oscillations in long-pulsed random lasers. Phys. Rev. A, 80(Article number: 55803), 1–4. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.80.055803