Title

Direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal

Authors

Authors

Y. Zhou; Y. H. Huang; T. H. Lin; L. P. Chen; Q. Hong;S. T. Wu

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Express

Keywords

PHOTONIC BAND-EDGE; EMISSION; TEMPERATURE; ENHANCEMENT; Optics

Abstract

We demonstrate a direction controllable linearly polarized laser from a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) in a homogeneous cell coated with a metallic mirror on the inner side of a glass substrate. Due to coherent superposition of two orthogonal polarization states, the output laser light becomes linearly polarized and its output energy is greatly enhanced. Moreover, the linear polarization direction angle is proportional to the product of the CLC effective birefringence and cell gap. Hence direction tunable laser devices can be demonstrated by controlling the cell gap and the operating temperature. (c) 2006 Optical Society of America.

Journal Title

Optics Express

Volume

14

Issue/Number

12

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

5571

Last Page

5580

WOS Identifier

WOS:000238437800072

ISSN

1094-4087

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