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Steady-state lasing in a solid polymer

Steady-state lasing in a solid polymer
Steady-state lasing in a solid polymer
A polymer host material, based on a cycloaliphatic diepoxy cured with a fluorinated dianhydride, has been developed. When activated with the rare-earth-ion-doped complex, neodymium(thenoyltrifluoroacetone)3 1,10-phenanthroline, the typical absorption and emission lines of the Nd3+ ion are detected. Luminescence quenching, which usually occurs in polymers due to high-energy vibrations from O–H and C–H chemical bonds, is eliminated by the neutral 1,10-phenanthroline ligand and by applying fluorinated chelates to the complex, respectively, and absorption due to the polymer host occurs only in the wavelength range longer than 1100 nm. Optimization of the fabrication procedure of both, host material and optical structure, leads to steady-state laser emission from a channel waveguide near 1060 nm, providing up to 440 µW of output power from the waveguide structures developed. To the best of our knowledge, this result represents the first steady-state laser in a solid polymer host.
1612-2011
650-656
Yang, J.
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Diemeer, M.B.J.
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Grivas, C.
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Sengo, G.
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Driessen, A.
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Pollnau, M.
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Yang, J.
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Diemeer, M.B.J.
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Grivas, C.
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Sengo, G.
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Driessen, A.
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Yang, J., Diemeer, M.B.J., Grivas, C., Sengo, G., Driessen, A. and Pollnau, M. (2010) Steady-state lasing in a solid polymer. Laser Physics Letters, 7 (9), 650-656. (doi:10.1002/lapl.201010048).

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Abstract

A polymer host material, based on a cycloaliphatic diepoxy cured with a fluorinated dianhydride, has been developed. When activated with the rare-earth-ion-doped complex, neodymium(thenoyltrifluoroacetone)3 1,10-phenanthroline, the typical absorption and emission lines of the Nd3+ ion are detected. Luminescence quenching, which usually occurs in polymers due to high-energy vibrations from O–H and C–H chemical bonds, is eliminated by the neutral 1,10-phenanthroline ligand and by applying fluorinated chelates to the complex, respectively, and absorption due to the polymer host occurs only in the wavelength range longer than 1100 nm. Optimization of the fabrication procedure of both, host material and optical structure, leads to steady-state laser emission from a channel waveguide near 1060 nm, providing up to 440 µW of output power from the waveguide structures developed. To the best of our knowledge, this result represents the first steady-state laser in a solid polymer host.

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Published date: 30 June 2010

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Local EPrints ID: 441532
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/441532
ISSN: 1612-2011
PURE UUID: 57fcdbdc-bf0d-4b88-955f-389eef7c589c

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