OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 23 — Nov. 13, 2006
  • pp: 11299–11303

Enhancing the laser power by stacking multiple dye-doped chiral polymer films

Yuhua Huang, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Ying Zhou, and Shin-Tson Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11299-11303 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.011299


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (74 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

We demonstrate a method for enhancing the laser efficiency by stacking multiple dye-doped chiral polymer films. No laser emission was observed from a single 8 µm film. By stacking two films together, the laser efficiency is dramatically enhanced. Further increasing the number of stacked films, the output laser power is further increased. It is also observed that the output laser power in the forward direction is almost the same as that in the backward for the two- and three-layered films. However, in the six-layered film the output laser power is much stronger in the backward direction than the forward one. This is due to the absorption of the laser dyes and the distributed feedback in the chiral polymer films.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: September 29, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

Citation
Yuhua Huang, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Ying Zhou, and Shin-Tson Wu, "Enhancing the laser power by stacking multiple dye-doped chiral polymer films," Opt. Express 14, 11299-11303 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-23-11299


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. B. Taheri, A. F. Munoz, P. Palffy-Muhoray, and R. Twieg, "Low threshold lasing in cholesteric liquid crystals," Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 358, 73-81 (2001). [CrossRef]
  2. V. I. Kopp, B. Fan, H. K. M. Vithana, and A. Z. Genack, "Low-threshold lasing at the edge of a photonic stop band in cholesteric liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 23, 1707-1709 (1998). [CrossRef]
  3. M. Ozaki, M. Kasano, D. Ganzke, W. Haase, and K. Yoshina, "Mirrorless lasing in a dye-doped ferroelectric liquid crystal," Adv. Mater. 14, 306-309 (2002). [CrossRef]
  4. T. Matsui, R. Ozaki, K. Funamoto, M. Ozaki and K. Yoshino, "Flexible mirrorless laser based on a freestanding film of photo polymerized cholesteric liquid crystal," Appl. Phys. Lett. 81,3741-3743 (2002). [CrossRef]
  5. A. Chanishvili, G. Chilaya, G. Petriashvili, R. Barberi, R. Bartolino, G. Cipparrone, A. Mazzulla, and L. Oriol, "Phototunable lasing in dye-doped choelsteric liquid crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 5353-5355 (2003). [CrossRef]
  6. S. Furumi, S. Yokoyama, A. Otomo, and S. Mashiko, "Phototunable photonic bandgap in a chiral liquid crystal laser device," Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 2491-2493 (2004). [CrossRef]
  7. H. P. Yu, B. Y. Tang, J. H. Li, and L. Li, "Electrically tunable lasers made from electrooptically active photonics band gap materials," Opt. Express 13, 7243-7249 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. Y. Huang, Y. Zhou, and S. T. Wu, "Spatially tunable laser emission in dye-doped photonic liquid crystals," Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 011107 (2006). [CrossRef]
  9. Y. Huang, Y. Zhou, C. Doyle, and S. T. Wu, "Tuning photonic band gap in cholesteric liquid crystals by temperature-dependent dopant solubility," Opt. Express 14, 1236-1242 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. H. Finkelmann, S. T. Kim, A. Munoz, P. Palffy-Muhoray, and B. Taheri, "Tunable mirrorless lasing in cholesteric liquid crystalline elastomers," Adv. Mater. 13, 1069-1072 (2001). [CrossRef]
  11. M. F. Moreira, I. C. S. Carvalho, W. Cao, C. Bailey, B. Taheri, and P. Palffy-Muhoray, "Cholesteric liquid crystal laser as an optic fiber-based temperature sensor," Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 2691-2693 (2004). [CrossRef]
  12. A. Y. G. Fuh, T. H. Lin, J. H. Liu, and F. C. Wu, "Lasing in chiral photonic liquid crystals and associated frequency tuning," Opt. Express 12, 1857-1863 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. S. M. Morris, A. D. Ford, M. N. Pivnenko, and H. J. Coles, "Enhanced emission from liquid-crystal lasers," J. Appl. Phys. 97, 023103 (2005). [CrossRef]
  14. Y. Zhou, Y. Huang, and S. T. Wu, "Enhancing cholesteric liquid crystal laser performance using a cholesteric reflector," Opt. Express 14, 3906-3916 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. Y. Matsuhisa and R. Ozakia, K. Yoshino, and M. Ozaki, "High Q defect mode and laser action in one-dimensional hybrid photonic crystal containing cholesteric liquid crystal," Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 101109 (2006). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Figures

Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3.
 
Fig. 4.
 

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited