Operating characteristics of a semiconducting polymer laser pumped by a microchip laser
Turnbull, G. A.
Barnes, William L.
Samuel, I. D. W.
University of Exeter; University of St. Andrews
Applied Physics Letters
American Institute of Physics
We report the demonstration of a compact, all-solid-state polymer laser system featuring a microchip laser as the pump source. The laser was configured as a surface-emitting, two-dimensional distributed feedback laser, based on the conjugated polymer poly(2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene). Pulsed, band-edge lasing was observed at 636 nm above a threshold pump energy of 4 nJ. The laser exhibited an energy slope efficiency of 6.8%, with a maximum output energy of 1.12 nJ at a pump energy of 20.4 nJ. The output beam had an azimuthally polarized annular profile with a beam quality factor (M2) of 2.2, close to the theoretical value of the lowest-order Laguerre–Gaussian and Bessel–Gaussian annular modes. We explain the origin of the azimuthal polarization as due to a coherent combination of the resonant fields supported by the two gratings.
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82 (3), pp. 313-315
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