A curvature-tunable random laser

Ya Ju Lee, Ting Wei Yeh, Zu Po Yang, Yung Chi Yao, Chen Yu Chang, Meng Tsan Tsai, Jinn Kong Sheu

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Abstract

The application of random lasers has been restricted due to the absence of a well-defined resonant cavity, as the lasing action mainly depends on multiple light scattering induced by intrinsic disorders of the laser medium to establish the required optical feedback that hence increases the difficulty in efficiently tuning and modulating random lasing emissions. This study investigated whether the transport mean free path of emitted photons within disordered scatterers composed of ZnO nanowires is tunable by a curvature bending applied to the flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate underneath, thereby creating a unique light source that can be operated above and below the lasing threshold for desirable spectral emissions. For the first time, the developed curvature-tunable random laser is implemented for in vivo biological imaging with much lower speckle noise compared to the non-lasing situation through simple mechanical bending, which is of great potential for studying the fast-moving physiological phenomenon such as blood flow patterns in mouse ear skin. It is expected that the experimental demonstration of the curvature-tunable random laser can provide a new route to develop disorder-based optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3534-3545
Number of pages12
JournalNanoscale
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 28

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Lasers
Optical feedback
Polyethylene Terephthalates
Cavity resonators
Multiple scattering
Speckle
Light scattering
Optoelectronic devices
Polyethylene terephthalates
Flow patterns
Nanowires
Light sources
Skin
Blood
Demonstrations
Photons
Tuning
Imaging techniques
Substrates

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Lee, Y. J., Yeh, T. W., Yang, Z. P., Yao, Y. C., Chang, C. Y., Tsai, M. T., & Sheu, J. K. (2019). A curvature-tunable random laser. Nanoscale, 11(8), 3534-3545. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8nr09153f
Lee, Ya Ju ; Yeh, Ting Wei ; Yang, Zu Po ; Yao, Yung Chi ; Chang, Chen Yu ; Tsai, Meng Tsan ; Sheu, Jinn Kong. / A curvature-tunable random laser. In: Nanoscale. 2019 ; Vol. 11, No. 8. pp. 3534-3545.
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A curvature-tunable random laser. / Lee, Ya Ju; Yeh, Ting Wei; Yang, Zu Po; Yao, Yung Chi; Chang, Chen Yu; Tsai, Meng Tsan; Sheu, Jinn Kong.

In: Nanoscale, Vol. 11, No. 8, 28.02.2019, p. 3534-3545.

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