Doogie Oh Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea) Namwoong Song Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (South Korea) Jang-Joo Kim Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
Potential of polymer optical amplifier doped with europium complex has been analyzed for practical use in visible range. Europium this(2-thenoyltrifluoroacetonate)-1,10- phenanthroline was used as the amplification dopant and PMMA as matrix. Spectroscopic properties of the dopant such as metastable excited state lifetime, simulated emission cross section, and stimulated absorption cross section were obtained using the photoluminescence spectroscopy, UV visible spectrophotometry and time-resolved spectroscopy. Lifetime of 5D0 metastable state is 0.9 ms, which is longer than usual rare earth complex. Its emission cross section is comparable to erbium ions and absorption cross section is 4 orders of magnitude higher than bare rare earth ions. Optical amplifier was fabricated by the dip-coating method. The refractive index profile of the polymer optical amplifier was designed to manifest a single mode structure for the optimization of amplification performance. Amplification characteristics were simulated with respect to pump power, amplifier length, and number density of Eu(TTA)3phen. The simulations showed that optical gains are saturated above some maximum po9int. More than 30 dB optical gain can be achieved with 5 m long amplifier at 300 mW pump power.