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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 1999
  • pp: 2504–2509

Thermal and optical properties of polymer hosts for solid-state dye lasers

William J. Wadsworth, Shirin M. Giffin, Iain T. McKinnie, John C. Sharpe, Anthony D. Woolhouse, Timothy G. Haskell, and Gerald J. Smith  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 12, pp. 2504-2509 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.002504


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Abstract

We present measurements of thermal and optical properties of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), PMMA modified by the addition of ethanol (MPMMA), and copolymers of methyl methacrylate with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate [P(HEMA:MMA)]. Spectral transmission of the polymers is excellent (α = 0.5 cm-1 at 400 nm, decreasing to 0.04 cm-1 at 633 nm). Measured laser damage thresholds of MPMMA and P(HEMA:MMA) show at least a twofold increase over PMMA. Thermal lensing measured in these hosts doped with Rhodamine 6G is shown to be similar (f = -450 mm for pump power of 200 mW in a 2-mm-diameter spot, scaling with pump intensity). Compared with MPMMA, P(HEMA:MMA) offers an improved surface quality and a more uniform dye distribution.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers

History
Original Manuscript: June 26, 1998
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 1998
Published: April 20, 1999

Citation
William J. Wadsworth, Shirin M. Giffin, Iain T. McKinnie, John C. Sharpe, Anthony D. Woolhouse, Timothy G. Haskell, and Gerald J. Smith, "Thermal and optical properties of polymer hosts for solid-state dye lasers," Appl. Opt. 38, 2504-2509 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-12-2504


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