Laser action in a surface-structured free-standing membrane based on a π-conjugated polymer-composite

Yujie Chen, Johannes Herrnsdorf, Benoit Guilhabert, Alexander L. Kanibolotsky, Allan R. Mackintosh, Yue Wang, Richard A. Pethrick, Erdan Gu, Graham A. Turnbull, Peter J. Skabara, Ifor D. W. Samuel, Nicolas Laurand, Martin D. Dawson

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A free-standing organic composite membrane distributed feedback (DFB) laser template-patterned by a commercially-available blank digital versatile disk (DVD) is demonstrated. This laser operates at room-temperature and ambient atmosphere and is based on a specifically designed composite incorporating a recently introduced organic semiconductor polymer system, green light-emitting π-conjugated poly[2,5-bis(2′,5′-bis(2″-ethylhexyloxy)phenyl)-p-phenylene vinylene] (BBEHP-PPV), as the gain element. This flexible organic membrane laser oscillates around 521 nm above a 1.1 mJ/cm2 threshold. Optical gain characteristics of the composite material are also reported. The approach represents a step towards viable low-cost, even ‘disposable’ organic solid-state lasers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-69
Number of pages8
JournalOrganic Electronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • distributed feedback organic laser
  • conjugated polymer-composite
  • free-standing membrane
  • lasers
  • optics


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