Title

Cholesteric liquid crystal laser in a dielectric mirror cavity upon band-edge excitation

Authors

Authors

Y. Matsuhisa; Y. H. Huang; Y. Zhou; S. T. Wu; Y. Takao; A. Fujii;M. Ozaki

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Express

Keywords

EMISSION; Optics

Abstract

Low threshold laser action of dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals ( CLCs) is demonstrated using an input circularly polarized light whose handedness is the same as the cholesteric helix of the sample at the high-energy band edge of the reflection band. The mechanism originates from the dramatic increase of the photon density of state at the band edges. We also demonstrate an enhanced laser action of a CLC in a dielectric multilayer cavity. In such a device configuration, the band-edge excitation at high-energy band edge improves the lasing performance not only for the same handedness circularly polarized pump beam as the cholesteric helix but also for the opposite one. It stems from the polarization independence of the dielectric multilayers. (c) 2007 Optical Society of America.

Journal Title

Optics Express

Volume

15

Issue/Number

2

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

616

Last Page

622

WOS Identifier

WOS:000244680600043

ISSN

1094-4087

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