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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

| EXPLORING THE INTERFACE OF LIGHT AND BIOMEDICINE

  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 6 — May. 26, 2009

Yb-doped glass microcavity laser operation in water

Eric P. Ostby and Kerry J. Vahala  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 8, pp. 1153-1155 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001153


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Abstract

A ytterbium-doped silica microcavity laser demonstrates stable laser emission while completely submerged in water. To our knowledge, it is the first solid-state laser whose cavity mode interacts with water. The device generates more than 2 μ W of output power. The laser performance is presented, and low-concentration biosensing is discussed as a potential application.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.6060) Materials : Solgel
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium
(140.3945) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavities

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 2009
Published: April 3, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Eric P. Ostby and Kerry J. Vahala, "Yb-doped glass microcavity laser operation in water," Opt. Lett. 34, 1153-1155 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-8-1153

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