4 March 2014 Droplet resonator based optofluidic microlasers
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Abstract
We introduce tunable optofluidic microlasers based on active optical resonant cavities formed by optically stretched, dye-doped emulsion droplets confined in a dual-beam optical trap. To achieve tunable dye lasing, optically pumped droplets of oil dispersed in water are stretched by light in the dual-beam trap. Subsequently, resonant path lengths of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) propagating in the droplet are modified, leading to shifts in the microlaser emission wavelengths. We also report lasing in airborne, Rhodamine B-doped glycerolwater droplets which were localized using optical tweezers. While being trapped near the focal point of an infrared laser, the droplets were pumped with a Q-switched green laser. Furthermore, biological lasing in droplets supported by a superhydrophobic surface is demonstrated using a solution of Venus variant of the yellow fluorescent protein or E. Coli bacterial cells expressing stably the Venus protein. Our results may lead to new ways of probing airborne particles, exploiting the high sensitivity of stimulated emission to small perturbations in the droplet laser cavity and the gain medium.
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Alper Kiraz, Alper Kiraz, Alexandr Jonáš, Alexandr Jonáš, Mehdi Aas, Mehdi Aas, Yasin Karadag, Yasin Karadag, Oto Brzobohatý, Oto Brzobohatý, Jan Ježek, Jan Ježek, Zdeněk Pilát, Zdeněk Pilát, Pavel Zemánek, Pavel Zemánek, Suman Anand, Suman Anand, David McGloin, David McGloin, } "Droplet resonator based optofluidic microlasers", Proc. SPIE 8960, Laser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI, 896015 (4 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2041447; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2041447
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