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Laser action in conducting polymers
Author(s): Sergey V. Frolov; Maxim N. Shkunov; Z. Valy Vardeny; Masanori Ozaki; Katsumi Yoshino
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Paper Abstract

We discuss both cooperative radiation and stimulated emission and consider their role in spectral narrowing of luminescent conducting polymers. We argue that cooperative radiation is favored in films with poor optical confinement. On the other hand, directional stimulated emission can be observed in dilute solution and thin films with superior optical confinement. Spectral narrowing in this case can be achieved by increasing either the excitation length or excitation intensity. The optical gain and loss coefficients are measured. Narrow line (approximately 1.5 cm-1) laser emission is observed in cylindrical microcavities formed by thin polymer films coated around glass fibers in the red and green spectral ranges. The cavity quality factors of these plastic lasers are mainly determined by selfabsorption and estimated to be about 5000.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3145, Optical Probes of Conjugated Polymers, (1 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.295528
Show Author Affiliations
Sergey V. Frolov, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Maxim N. Shkunov, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Z. Valy Vardeny, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Masanori Ozaki, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Katsumi Yoshino, Osaka Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3145:
Optical Probes of Conjugated Polymers
Z. Valy Vardeny; Lewis J. Rothberg, Editor(s)

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