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TitleThermal and optical properties of polymer hosts for solid-state dye lasers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsWadsworth, W.J., Giffin S.M., McKinnie L.T., Sharpe J.C., Woolhouse A.D., Haskell T.G., and Smith G.J.
JournalApplied Optics
Pagination2504 - 2509
Date Published1999
ISSN00036935 (ISSN)
KeywordsCopolymers, Dye lasers, Light polarization, Optical properties, Polar dyes, Polymer hosts, Polymethyl methacrylates, Solid state lasers, Thermodynamic properties
AbstractThe thermal and the optical properties of the emerging copolymers of methyl methacrylate with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate [P(HEMA:MMA)] laser hosts have been measured and compared with measurements of the more established polymethyl methacrylates (PMMA) and modified PMMA (MPMMA) host polymers. The range of PMMA, MPMMA, and P(HEMA:MMA) polymers allows the selection of the best molecular environment for efficient laser action in specific dyes. The particular of these new P(HEMA:MMA) copolymer hosts are their compatibility with polar dyes and their high laser damage thresholds.

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