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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10247–10256

Laser emission from mirrorless waveguides based on photosensitized polymers incorporating POSS

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


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10247-10256 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.010247


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Abstract

Laser emission from leaky waveguides based in dye-doped organic gain media incorporating Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS) nanoparticles is reported. The samples consist of thin film gain media deposited onto glass substrate defining a planar asymmetric slab waveguide, which does not incorporate any resonant substructure. The presence of POSS results in additional amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) spectral narrowing, and conditions have been found for which directional multimode laser emission is achieved. The spectral narrowing is ascribed to the photon path enlargement caused by a non-resonant feedback mechanism provided by individual scatterers, which enhances incoherently the magnitude of the amplification process. On the contrary, the appearance of multimode lasing is attributed to coherent random lasing from a many scatterers collective effect.

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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
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 2010
Published: April 30, 2010

Citation
L. Cerdán, A. Costela, I. García-Moreno, O. García, and R. Sastre, "Laser emission from mirrorless waveguides based on photosensitized polymers incorporating POSS," Opt. Express 18, 10247-10256 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-10-10247


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