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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 20 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 12971–12978

Thermally induced wavelength tunability of microcavity solid-state dye lasers

Sébastien Ricciardi, Sergei Popov, Ari T. Friberg, and Sergey Sergeyev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 12971-12978 (2007)

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Wavelength tunability of a microcavity solid-state dye laser is modeled and demonstrated by simulations making use of the finite element method. We investigate the application of two phenomena, thermoelastic expansion of the microcavity material and thermo-induced change of the refractive index, to tune the microcavity mode frequencies by a variation of the effective optical path. An optimized size of the laser microcavity is defined depending on the operation wavelength bandwidth and the glass transition temperature of the gain material.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(160.6840) Materials : Thermo-optical materials
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2007
Published: September 25, 2007

Sébastien Ricciardi, Sergei Popov, Ari T. Friberg, and Sergey Sergeyev, "Thermally induced wavelength tunability of microcavity solid-state dye lasers," Opt. Express 15, 12971-12978 (2007)

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