A polymer host material based on a cycloaliphatic diepoxy cured with a fluorinated dianhydride has been developed. When activated with a Nd-doped complex, the typical absorption and emission lines of the Nd3+ ion are detected. Luminescence quenching owing to high-energy vibrations from O–H and C–H chemical bonds is eliminated by neutral ligands and by applying fluorinated chelates to the complex, respectively. Channel waveguides are fabricated from this active polymer by back-filling inverted channels patterned into a photo-definable cladding polymer. In this manner, the first rare-earth-ion-doped polymer waveguide laser as well as the first steady-state laser in a solid polymer is demonstrated, providing up to 440 μW of 1064-nm output power in stable operation over 2 hours. Also lasing at 873 nm is achieved.
|Title of host publication||IV International Workshop on Photonic and Electronic Materials 201|
|Subtitle of host publication||Scientific Program and Workshop Abstracts|
|Place of Publication||San Sebastian, Spain|
|Publisher||Dostonia International Physics Center|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2010|
|Event||IV International Workshop on Photonic and Electronic Materials 2010 - San Sebastian, Spain|
Duration: 5 Jul 2010 → 7 Jul 2010
|Workshop||IV International Workshop on Photonic and Electronic Materials 2010|
|Period||5/07/10 → 7/07/10|
- IOMS-APD: Active Photonic Devices
Yang, J., Grivas, C., Diemeer, M., Driessen, A., & Pollnau, M. (2010). Continuous-wave polymer lasers. In IV International Workshop on Photonic and Electronic Materials 201: Scientific Program and Workshop Abstracts (pp. 51-51). San Sebastian, Spain: Dostonia International Physics Center.