Long lifetime and high repetition rate operation from distributed feedback plastic waveguided dye lasers

Yuji Oki, Shinichi Miyamoto, Masamitsu Tanaka, Duluo Zuo, Mitsuo Maeda

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Long lifetime and high repetition rate laser operation was demonstrated from laser-dye-doped waveguides with distributed feedback (DFB) structures. The waveguides were fabricated with a spin-coating and lithography techniques, and DFB structure was written by an ultraviolet holography technique. A compact frequency-doubled Nd:YAG microchip laser was used as a pumping source, and the laser output wavelength range of 575-945 nm was obtained from 10 different kinds of laser-dye-doped plastic film and the laser performance was evaluated about 5 of them. Very low pumping energy requirement of around several μJ could extend the durabilities of the DFB dye-doped waveguides, and the lifetime of more than one million shots was obtained. Further a high repetition laser operation up to 1000 pps was demonstrated with an output energy stability of less than ±0.5%. A palm-top size tunable laser is realized by this configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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