Performance evolution of color cone lasing emissions in dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals at different fabrication conditions

Chia Rong Lee, Jia De Lin, Ting Shan Mo, Chi Ting Horng, Han Ying Sun, Shuan Yu Huang

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Abstract

This work investigates the performance evolution of color cone lasing emissions (CCLEs) based on dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal (DDCLC) cells at different fabrication conditions. Experimental results show that the energy threshold (Eth) and relative slope efficiency (ηs) of the lasing signal emitted at each cone angle (0°-35°) in the CCLE decreases and increases, respectively, when the waiting time in a homogenously rubbed aligned DDCLC cell is increased from 0 hr to 216 hr (9 days). This result occurs because defect lines gradually shrink with the anchoring of the surface alignment when the waiting time is increased. Hence, the scattering loss decreases, and the dwelling time of the fluorescence photons in the resonator increases, which in turn enhances the CCLE performance. With the aligned cell given the pretreatment of a rapid annealing processing (RAP), the waiting time for obtaining an optimum CCLE can markedly be reduced sixfold. The surface alignment of the DDCLC cell also plays a necessary role in generating the CCLE. This work provides an insight into the temporal evolution of the performance for the CCLE laser and offers a method (RAP) of significantly speeding up the formation of a CCLE laser with optimum performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10168-10180
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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