Microfluidic dye lasers based on microstructured optical fibres

A. E. Vasdekis, G. E. Town, G. A. Turnbull, I. D W Samuel

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Abstract

In recent years, various opto-fluidic devices have emerged as a tool for sensing, imaging and spectroscopy applications. There has also bee increasing interest in fluidic dye lasers that can act as efficient integrated sources for lab-on-a-chip spectroscopy applications. In this paper, we report microfluidic lasers based on optical fibres, where lasing is achieved without the need of external mirrors, allowing simple, rapid fabrication of compact, visible laser sources. We explore two geometries: capillary tubes of 2 mum core diameter (Polymicro Technologies), and photonic crystal fibres that comprise approximately 50 cores of 3.7 mum diameter. The latter was based on a commercial photonic crystal fibre ESM-12-01 (Crystal Fibre) and demonstrates the potential for multiple laterally integrated fluidic lasers. In both geometries, an advantageous spectral selectivity is observed despite the long cavity lengths.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781424409303
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
EventEuropean Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO-IQEC 2007 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 17 Jun 200722 Jun 2007

Other

OtherEuropean Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO-IQEC 2007
Abbreviated titleCLEO-IQEC 2007
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period17/06/0722/06/07

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