OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • 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


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (302 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

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.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited