Laser generation with modified poly(methyl methacrylate) (MPMMA)-doped matrices with several different types of Rhodamine-based dyes was obtained. Pumping with a frequency-doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was used. During the experiments, high conversion efficiency was achieved. The strong nonlinear dependence of the operating lifetime and the conversion efficiency of material tested on the pump-pulse-repetition rate was observed. Possible mechanisms responsible for the conversion-efficiency drop and the useful lifetime of the material are discussed.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 11, 1994
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 1994
Published: March 20, 1995
A. Maslyukov, S. Sokolov, M. Kaivola, K. Nyholm, and S. Popov, "Solid-state dye laser with modified poly(methyl methacrylate)-doped active elements," Appl. Opt. 34, 1516-1518 (1995)