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Modified polymers--effective host materials for solid state dye lasers and laser beam control elements: a review
Author(s): Alexander A. Manenkov; A. P. Maslyukov; Gennady A. Matyushin; Vladimir S. Nechitailo
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Paper Abstract

In many respects solid polymers are attractive hosts for dyes to produce on their base various optical elements for laser applications including tunable lasers and laser beam control saturable filters. For this reason various dye-impregnated polymer materials were extensively studied in many laboratories during last 25 years. A critical review of these studies is presented in this paper with main attention to analysis of processes responsible for major laser characteristics of dye - impregnated polymer materials: lasing efficiency, bleaching efficiency, laser damage resistance of polymer matrix, photostability of dyes under high power laser radiation and dye deterioration during long-term use and storage. Results achieved in General Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences and collaborating industrial research laboratories on creation of highly effective dye-impregnated modified polymer materials for visible and near IR laser application possesing high laser damage resistance, dye photostability, laser oscillation efficiency and laser induced bleaching efficiency are presented. Limitations for polymer-host dye lasers, due to rather low thermal conductivity of polymer materials, arising, in particular, at flash la~p pumping and high repetition rates, are discussed. Some practical methods allowing to overcome these limitations are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2115, Visible and UV Lasers, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.172736
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander A. Manenkov, General Physics Institute (Russia)
A. P. Maslyukov, Research Institute for Medical Polymers (Israel)
Gennady A. Matyushin, Research Institute for Medical Polymers (Israel)
Vladimir S. Nechitailo, Research Institute for Medical Polymers (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2115:
Visible and UV Lasers
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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