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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1627–1629

Self-curable solid-state elastic dye lasers capable of mechanical stress probing

Yu Yang, Zhifu Liao, Yuan Zhou, Yuanjing Cui, and Guodong Qian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 1627-1629 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001627


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Abstract

Herein, a highly sensitive stress probe is reported based on pyrromethene 597 (PM597) doped elastic polydimethylsiloxane films. By sandwiching the dye doped elastic film with two plano dichromatic mirrors, a solid-sate microcavity laser with low laser threshold (0.2μJ) is presented as a straightforward probing method for mechanical stress, which is monitored by the laser output spectra, demonstrating a resolution limit higher than 0.01 MPa. The photostability of PM597 doped into the microcavity laser is higher than 7222GJ/mol, which is among the highest record ever reported to our knowledge and a fast self-recovery on the laser output in less than 1 h, attributed to diffusion of dye molecules is observed, indicating a practical durability for such stress probes.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(160.3380) Materials : Laser materials
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities
(280.5475) Remote sensing and sensors : Pressure measurement

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 7, 2013
Published: May 8, 2013

Citation
Yu Yang, Zhifu Liao, Yuan Zhou, Yuanjing Cui, and Guodong Qian, "Self-curable solid-state elastic dye lasers capable of mechanical stress probing," Opt. Lett. 38, 1627-1629 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-10-1627

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