Circularly polarized high-efficiency cholesteric liquid crystal lasers with a tunable nematic phase retarder
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EMISSION; REFLECTOR; EDGE; BAND; Optics
A high efficiency dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) is demonstrated by optimizing the dye concentration and using an electrically tunable nematic liquid crystal (NLC) phase retarder. The state of polarization of laser emission in CLC lasers, contrary to our expectations, due to the refractive index mismatch at the boundaries is not exactly circular. A double-cell structure including a CLC laser and an adjustable NLC phase retarder with a mirror reflector on one of the inner surfaces not only purifies the polarization state of the laser output but also improves the laser efficiency by 6.7X, over the single-direction dye-doped CLC laser. (C) 2010 Optical Society of America
"Circularly polarized high-efficiency cholesteric liquid crystal lasers with a tunable nematic phase retarder" (2010). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 781.