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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 7 — Apr. 2, 2007
  • pp: 3962–3967

Fluidic fibre dye lasers

A. E. Vasdekis, G. E. Town, G. A. Turnbull, and I. D. W. Samuel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 3962-3967 (2007)

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We report the demonstration of compact fluidic fibre lasers based on capillary tubes and photonic crystal fibres, featuring single channel and multiple laterally integrated fluidic lasers respectively. Their preparation was based on capillary action and lasing occurred without the need for external mirrors or lithographically defined microstructures. The fibre lasers were found to be tunable by varying the chromophore density in the liquid core and a functional wavelength selectivity mechanism inherent in both types of lasers provided a long free spectral range that does not correspond to the length of the fibres. The enhanced mode spacing is attributed to a Vernier resonant effect.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 9, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2007
Published: April 2, 2007

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A. E. Vasdekis, G. E. Town, G. A. Turnbull, and I. D. W. Samuel, "Fluidic fibre dye lasers," Opt. Express 15, 3962-3967 (2007)

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