The first demonstration of a flashlamp pumped zig-zag plastic dye laser is presented. Repetitively pulsed measurements with liquid dye solution of Pyrromethene-567 in ethanol/PPH demonstrated 280 mJ per pulse at 1 Hz. Solid plastic dye samples were flashlamp pumped under similar conditions with output energy to 70 mJ. Rapid decay of the laser output was observed in initial measurements with plastic samples (Epoxy Technology EP310) at 1 Hz pulse rate. This design can be used to test various solid state plastic host dyes in a configuration that has demonstrated exceptional beam quality with laser excitation.
Alexander E. Mandl,
Daniel E. Klimek,
"Flashlamp-pumped thin slab solid state plastic dye zig-zag laser", Proc. SPIE 3613, Solid State Lasers VIII, (4 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.347670; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.347670