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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1302–1306

Tunable solid-state laser based on modified polymethyl methacrylate with methanol doped with Pyrromethene 580

Jiang Yugang, Fan Rongwei, Xia Yuanqin, and Chen Deying  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 10, pp. 1302-1306 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.001302


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Abstract

Solid-state dye material was fabricated by doping a laser dye Pyrromethene 580 (PM580) into the polymer host polymethyl methacrylate. Methanol was also injected into the host to improve the optical properties. The broadband and narrowband laser performances of the sample were studied in this paper. When the selected solid-state dye PM580 was placed in a Shoshan-type oscillator, narrow linewidth operation with a tuning range of 52 nm and good photostability was demonstrated. The narrowband laser output slope efficiency of 42.7% was obtained, and the corresponding broadband laser slope efficiency was 66.0%. To the best of our knowledge, the narrowband slope efficiency and tunable range are the best under similar conditions so far. For broadband and narrowband lasers, the beam quality factors were estimated to be M y 2 = 10.7 and 3.9 in the vertical direction.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials

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Materials

History
Original Manuscript: September 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2011
Published: March 23, 2011

Citation
Jiang Yugang, Fan Rongwei, Xia Yuanqin, and Chen Deying, "Tunable solid-state laser based on modified polymethyl methacrylate with methanol doped with Pyrromethene 580," Appl. Opt. 50, 1302-1306 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-10-1302

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