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New stable tunable solid-state dye laser in the red
Author(s): Raz Gvishi; Renata Reisfeld; Zeev Burshtein; Eli Miron
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Paper Abstract

A red perylene derivative was impregnated into a composite silica-gel glass, and characterized as a dye laser material. The absorption spectrum in the range 480 - 600 nm belongs to the S0 - S1 electronic transition, with a structure reflecting the perylene skeletal vibrations, of typical energy 1100 - 1200 cm-1. An additional peak between 400 and 460 nm belongs to the S0 - S2 transition. The fluorescence exhibits a mirror image relative to the S0 - S1 absorption, with a Stokes shift of about 40 nm for the 0 - 0 transition. Laser tunability was obtained in the range 605 - 630 nm using a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser for pumping ((lambda) equals 532 nm). This wavelength range is important for medical applications, such as photodynamic therapy of some cancer tumors. Maximum laser efficiency of approximately 2.5% was obtained at 617 nm. Maximum output was approximately 0.36 mJ/pulse at a repetition rate of 10 Hz. Minimum laser threshold obtained was 0.45 mJ/pulse. The medium losses are attributed to an excited-state singlet-singlet absorption, with an upper limit cross-section of approximately 2.5 X 10-16 cm2. The laser output was stable over more than approximately 500,000 pulses, under excitation with the green line of a copper vapor laser (510 nm), of energy density approximately 40 mJ/cm2 per pulse. Good prospects exist for a considerable enhancement in laser output efficiency.

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Date Published: 13 August 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1972, 8th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel: Optoelectronics and Applications in Industry and Medicine, (13 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.151121
Show Author Affiliations
Raz Gvishi, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel)
Renata Reisfeld, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel)
Zeev Burshtein, Nuclear Research Ctr. Negev (Israel)
Eli Miron, Nuclear Research Ctr. Negev (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1972:
8th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel: Optoelectronics and Applications in Industry and Medicine
Moshe Oron; Itzhak Shladov; Yitzhak Weissman, Editor(s)

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