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Laser action in a surface-structured free-standing membrane based on a π-conjugated polymer-composite

Chen, Yujie and Herrnsdorf, Johannes and Guilhabert, Benoit and Kanibolotsky, Alexander L. and Mackintosh, Allan R. and Wang, Yue and Pethrick, Richard A. and Gu, Erdan and Turnbull, Graham A. and Skabara, Peter J. and Samuel, Ifor D. W. and Laurand, Nicolas and Dawson, Martin D. (2011) Laser action in a surface-structured free-standing membrane based on a π-conjugated polymer-composite. Organic Electronics, 12 (1). pp. 62-69. ISSN 1566-1199

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Abstract

A free-standing organic composite membrane distributed feedback (DFB) laser template-patterned by a commercially-available blank digital versatile disk (DVD) is demonstrated. This laser operates at room-temperature and ambient atmosphere and is based on a specifically designed composite incorporating a recently introduced organic semiconductor polymer system, green light-emitting π-conjugated poly[2,5-bis(2′,5′-bis(2″-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)-p-phenylene vinylene] (BBEHP-PPV), as the gain element. This flexible organic membrane laser oscillates around 521 nm above a 1.1 mJ/cm2 threshold. Optical gain characteristics of the composite material are also reported. The approach represents a step towards viable low-cost, even ‘disposable’ organic solid-state lasers.

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