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Dr. Mark Masters


Department of Physics

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Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

IPFW Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society) Student Research Competition

Best Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation

IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium Award Winner



Dye lasers use an organic dye as the lasing medium. Using organic dyes, we can produce a tunable laser for a wider range of wavelengths. Using different optical equipment, we can isolate and choose the specific wavelength we want. The dye is usually in a liquid form which makes changing the dyes both messy and harder to dispose of once the medium is exhausted. By putting the liquid dye into an acrylic disc, we can make changing dyes both less time consuming and safer for disposal.

Our research is in solid state dye lasers using Rhodamine 6G as our dye. The primary goal of this research is to design a way to put the liquid dye in a solid state. The main reason for performing this research is to make changing out the dye in the laser faster and cleaner as liquid dye is very hard to dispose of and flush out of the system effectively. The other goal of this research is developing a method of effectively oscillating the discs to maximize the useful area of the disc.

We will be presenting our results on the method of producing the dye discs and the various methods of oscillating them.


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Solid State Dye Laser

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