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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: 9280–9285

Optofluidic dye laser in a foil

Christoph Vannahme, Mads Brøkner Christiansen, Timo Mappes, and Anders Kristensen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 9280-9285 (2010)

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First order distributed feedback optofluidic dye lasers embedded in a 350 µm thick TOPAS® foil are demonstrated. They are designed in order to give high output pulse energies. Microfluidic channels and first order distributed feedback gratings are fabricated in parallel by thermal nanoimprint into a 100 µm foil. The channels are closed by thermal bonding with a 250 µm thick foil and filled with 5·10−3 mol/l Pyrromethene 597 in benzyl alcohol. The fluid forms a liquid core single mode slab waveguide of 1.6 µm height on a nanostructured grating area of 0.5 × 0.5 mm2. This results in a large gain volume. Two grating periods of 185 nm and 190 nm yield single mode laser light emission at 566 nm and 581 nm respectively. High emitted pulse energies of more than 1 µJ are reported. Stable operation for more than 25 min at 10 Hz pulse repetition rate is achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 24, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2010
Published: April 19, 2010

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Christoph Vannahme, Mads Brøkner Christiansen, Timo Mappes, and Anders Kristensen, "Optofluidic dye laser in a foil," Opt. Express 18, 9280-9285 (2010)

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