The enhanced backscattering from organic laser gain media that are bounded with one-dimensional (1-D) and two-dimensional (2-D) rough metal films was investigated. We prepared several organic optical gain materials by doping laser-active dyes in matrices of acrylic polymers. These materials produced efficient and broadband fluorescence emission in the visible wavelengths during the pumping of a pulsed YAG or cw argon laser. These gain materials were sliced and coupled with 1-D or 2-D randomly rough gold films with large slopes. An experimental investigation was carried out with a He–Ne laser as the scattering source and the optical gain provided by a cw argon laser. The enhanced backscattering and the satellite peaks located about the enhanced-backscattering peak were obviously amplified, with their widths narrowed. These experimental results agree well with previous theoretical predictions.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 14, 2000
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2001
Published: August 20, 2001
Zu-Han Gu and Gang-Ding Peng, "Enhanced backscattering from organic laser gain media bounded with rough gold films," Appl. Opt. 40, 4236-4242 (2001)