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Highly stable solid state dye lasers based on polymer-filled nanoporous silica aerogels
Author(s): Angel Costela; Inmaculada Garcia-Moreno; Clara Gomez; Olga Garcia; Roberto Sastre; Elies Molins; Anna Roig
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Paper Abstract

New hybrid matrices based on silica aerogels obtained under supercritical conditions, a highly porous material with porosityt up to 90%, have been synthesized. The open porous network of the aerogel was saturated with pyrromethene dyes solved in organic mooners, and polymerization took place inside of the silica structure. The resulting polymer filled nanoporous aerogels, cast in the form of cylindrical monoliths, were used as gain media in solid-state dye lasers. Under the demanding conditions of tightly focused transversal pumping with 532 nm, 5 mJ pulses at 10 Hz repetition rate, highly photostable laser emission was obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5460, Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543881
Show Author Affiliations
Angel Costela, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Inmaculada Garcia-Moreno, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Clara Gomez, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Olga Garcia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Roberto Sastre, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Elies Molins, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Anna Roig, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5460:
Solid State Lasers and Amplifiers
Alphan Sennaroglu; James G. Fujimoto; Clifford R. Pollock, Editor(s)

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