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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3929–3935

Surface-emitting fiber lasers

Ofer Shapira, Ken Kuriki, Nicholas D. Orf, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Gilles Benoit, Jean F. Viens, Alejandro Rodriguez, Mihai Ibanescu, John D. Joannopoulos, Yoel Fink, and Megan M. Brewster  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 9, pp. 3929-3935 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.003929


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Abstract

All fiber lasers to date emit radiation only along the fiber axis. Here a fiber that exhibits laser emission that is radially directed from its circumferential surface is demonstrated. A unique and controlled azimuthally anisotropic optical wave front results from the interplay between a cylindrical photonic bandgap fiber resonator, anisotropic organic dye gain, and a linearly polarized axial pump. Low threshold (86nJ) lasing at nine different wavelengths is demonstrated throughout the visible and near-infrared spectra. We also report the experimental realization of unprecedented layer thicknesses of 29.5 nm maintained throughout meter-long fibers. Such a device may have interesting medical applications ranging from photodynamic therapy to in vivo molecular imaging, as well as textile fabric displays.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2006
Published: May 1, 2006

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Ofer Shapira, Ken Kuriki, Nicholas D. Orf, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Gilles Benoit, Jean F. Viens, Alejandro Rodriguez, Mihai Ibanescu, John D. Joannopoulos, Yoel Fink, and Megan M. Brewster, "Surface-emitting fiber lasers," Opt. Express 14, 3929-3935 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-9-3929


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