2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium
 

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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Mark Masters

Department/Program

Department of Physics

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Abstract

Traditional liquid dye lasers provide stable, tunable light which finds many applications in medicine, industry, and scientific research. They are also messy, require particular disposal for the dye, and rely on expensive optics.

We aim to design a monolithic, solid-state dye laser, in which the liquid dye is replaced with a dyed plastic and the laser cavity is created by total internal reflection within an acrylic block. This provides a similarly useful light source while eliminating the hassles of liquid dye and decreasing cost associated with optics.

We investigate methods for creating dye targets and the fluorescence spectra of those targets when excited by a diode laser. Future work is discussed, including implementation of those dye targets as the gain medium in the monolithic laser cavity.

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Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

Design of a Monolithic, Solid-State Dye Laser

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