Surface-emitting fiber lasers

Ofer Shapira, Ken Kuriki, Nicholas D. Orf, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Gilles Benoit, Jean F. Viens, Alejandro Rodriguez, Minai Ibanescu, John D. Joannopoulos, Yoel Fink, Megan M. Brewster

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All fiber lasers to date emit radiation only along the fiber axis. Here a fiber that exhibits laser emission that is radially directed from its circumferential surface is demonstrated. A unique and controlled azimuthally anisotropic optical wave front results from the interplay between a cylindrical photonic bandgap fiber resonator, anisotropic organic dye gain, and a linearly polarized axial pump. Low threshold (86nJ) lasing at nine different wavelengths is demonstrated throughout the visible and near-infrared spectra. We also report the experimental realization of unprecedented layer thicknesses of 29.5 nm maintained throughout meterlong fibers. Such a device may have interesting medical applications ranging from photodynamic therapy to in vivo molecular imaging, as well as textile fabric displays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3929-3935
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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