Emission from a molecular light source depends on its optical and chemical environment. This dependence is different for various sources. We present a general classification in terms of constant-amplitude and constantpower sources. Using this classification, we have described the response to both changes in the local density of states and stimulated emission. The unforeseen consequences of this classification are illustrated for photonic studies by random laser experiments and are in good agreement with our correspondingly developed theory. Our results require a revision of studies on sources in complex media.

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El-Dardiry, R. G. S., Faez, S., & Lagendijk, A. (2011). Classification of light sources and their interaction with active and passive environments. Phys. Rev. A, 83(Article number: 31801), 1–4. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.83.031801