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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 27697–27702

Multi-wavelength laser from dye-doped cholesteric polymer films

Yuhua Huang and Shin-Tson Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 27697-27702 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.027697


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Abstract

A multi-wavelength laser is demonstrated using a dye-doped cholesteric polymer film whose reflection bandwidth is broadened with several oscillations. Due to the abrupt change of the density of state between oscillation peak and valley, each oscillation functions as a photonic band gap for generating a laser wavelength under the excitation of a pumping laser. As a result, a multiple wavelength laser is generated. Results indicate that the dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal polymer film is a good candidate for fabricating broadband lasers such as white light lasers. Potential applications include experimental testing of laser materials, identification markers, information displays, and inertial confinement laser fusion.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2010
Published: December 16, 2010

Citation
Yuhua Huang and Shin-Tson Wu, "Multi-wavelength laser from dye-doped cholesteric polymer films," Opt. Express 18, 27697-27702 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-26-27697


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