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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 196–201

Self-doubling organic laser based on a dye–chromophore mixture

Alberto Barsella, Falk May, J.-P. Vola, Alain Fort, S. Sanaur, Andre-Jean Attias, M. Lefebvre, and E. Rosencher  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 196-201 (2008)

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We report calculations and experimental results on intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG) using a mixture of an active lasing dye and a nonlinear optical chromophore. By applying a high-voltage electric field across the solution, synchronized with the dye laser emission, the chromophore molecules can be oriented as the laser emission develops, providing SHG of the laser beam. Compared to other approaches, this configuration does not require two separate optical components for the amplification and SHG, simplifying the design and realization of compact near-UV laser sources.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 7, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2007
Published: January 29, 2008

Alberto Barsella, Falk May, J.-P. Vola, Alain Fort, S. Sanaur, Andre-Jean Attias, M. Lefebvre, and E. Rosencher, "Self-doubling organic laser based on a dye-chromophore mixture," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 196-201 (2008)

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