Lasing in the green from a distributed feedback (DFB) structure, based upon a second order grating fabricated by replica molding in a dye-doped UV curable polymer, has been demonstrated. For a Bragg grating having a periodicity and depth of 360 ± 2 nm and 78 ± 5 nm, respectively, a coumarin 540-polymer laser operates at 535.6 nm, which is in agreement with calculations of the photonic band diagram for the structure. The fabricated laser exhibits a linewidth of 0.15 nm, a threshold pump fluence of ∼0.7 mJ cm-2 at 355 nm, and a slope efficiency of ∼14%. Incorporation of the dye gain medium into a one- (or two-) dimensional photonic crystal and fabrication of the grating by replica molding at room temperature provides an inexpensive approach to fabricating polymer-based DFB lasers on flexible substrates of large area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3159-3162
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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