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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — May. 12, 2008
  • pp: 7023–7036

Amplified spontaneous emission and optical gain measurements from pyrromethene 567 - doped polymer waveguides and quasi-waveguides

A. Costela, O. García, L. Cerdán, I. García-Moreno, and R. Sastre  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 7023-7036 (2008)

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Amplified spontaneous emission from planar waveguides and quasi-waveguides based on Pyrromethene 567-doped poly(methyl methacrylate) thin films deposited onto quartz and glass substrates is investigated. Films with different thickness were prepared and pumped optically at 532 nm with pulses of up to 8 MW/cm2. Pump thresholds for the onset of ASE emission, optical gains and losses were assessed. Net gain coefficients were estimated by fitting the data provided by variable stripe length measurements with a theoretical expression which takes into account saturation. In this way, net gain coefficients of up to 56±9 cm-1 at a pump intensity of 5.3 MW/cm2 for quasi-waveguides and up to 20.6±2.7 cm-1 at a pump intensity of 3.4 MW/cm2 for waveguides, were obtained. Loss coefficients in the waveguides were estimated to be 3.8±0.4 cm-1 and 6.1±1.3 cm-1 for 15 µm and 5 µm thick films, respectively. The results obtained seem to indicate a stronger self-mode-restriction capability in the quasi-waveguides than in conventional total internal-reflection waveguides.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(250.2080) Optoelectronics : Polymer active devices
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2008
Published: May 1, 2008

A. Costela, O. García, L. Cerdán, I. García-Moreno, and R. Sastre, "Amplified spontaneous emission and optical gain measurements from pyrromethene 567 �?? doped polymer waveguides and quasi-waveguides," Opt. Express 16, 7023-7036 (2008)

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