Organic laser

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Liquid organic dye laser system excited by a copper vapor laser.

Organic lasers use an organic material as the gain medium. The first organic laser was the liquid dye laser.[1][2] These lasers use laser dye solutions as their gain media.

Solid-state dye lasers are organic tunable lasers that use a variety of organic gain media, such as:

  • laser dye-doped polymers (DDP),[3]
  • laser dye-doped ormosil (DDO),[4]
  • laser dye-doped polymer-nanoparticle (DDPN) matrices.[5]

DDO and DDPN gain media are subsets of a larger class of organic-inorganic hybrid materials used as laser matrices.[6][7]

Other types of solid-state organic lasers include the organic semiconductor lasers that use conjugated polymers as gain media.[8][9][10] These semiconductor materials can also be configured as "neat films."[11]

Organic lasers are inherently tunable and when configured as optimized multiple-prism grating laser oscillators can yield efficient single-transverse mode, and single-longitudinal-mode, emission with laser linewidths as narrow as 350 MHz (approximately 0.0004 nm at a wavelength of 590 nm), in the high-power pulsed regime.[12]

Organic solid-state narrow-linewidth tunable dye laser oscillator using a dye-doped polymer as gain medium.[13]

Organic lasers are also available in distributed feedback configurations[14] [15] and distributed feedback waveguides.[16]

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  12. ^ F. J. Duarte, Multiple-prism grating solid-state dye laser oscillator: optimized architecture, Appl. Opt. 38, 6347-6349 (1999).
  13. ^ F. J. Duarte, T. S. Taylor, A. Costela, I. Garcia-Moreno, and R. Sastre, Long-pulse narrow-linewidth dispersive solid-state dye laser oscillator, Appl. Opt. 37, 3987-3989 (1998)
  14. ^ W. J. Wadsworth, I. T. McKinnie, A. D. Woolhouse, T. G. Haskell, Efficient distributed feedback solid state dye laser with a dynamic grating, Appl. Phys. B 69, 163–169 (1999).
  15. ^ X-L. Zhu, S-K. Lam, D. Lo, Distributed-feedback dye-doped solgel silica lasers, Appl. Opt. 39, 3104–3107 (2000).
  16. ^ Y. Oki, S. Miyamoto, M. Tanaka, D. Zuo, M. Maeda, Long lifetime and high repetition rate operation from distributed feedback plastic waveguided dye lasers, Opt. Commun. 214, 277–283 (2002).