We report the first realization of a cw solid-state dye laser. The laser medium consists of a laser dye (Rhodamine 6G) dissolved in a photopolymer. The UV-cured solution is sandwiched between two DVD substrates. The resonator design was derived from a conventional liquid solvent dye laser geometry. The laser radiation can be tuned from 565 to 615 nm by using a birefringent filter. A pump power of 2 W leads to a cw output power of more than 20 mW.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: January 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 15, 2006
R. Bornemann, U. Lemmer, and E. Thiel, "Continuous-wave solid-state dye laser," Opt. Lett. 31, 1669-1671 (2006)