JETP Letters

, 90:166

Lasers on cholesteric liquid crystals: Mode density and lasing threshold

Atoms, Spectra, Radiations

DOI: 10.1134/S0021364009150028

Cite this article as:
Blinov, L.M. Jetp Lett. (2009) 90: 166. doi:10.1134/S0021364009150028


The density of states approach [J. Bendickson et al., Phys. Rev. E 53, 4107 (1996)] was applied to a simple dielectric plate and a formula was found for the spectrum of the threshold gain for lasing. Then the validity of the same approach was verified for cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC) having helical structure. For non-absorbing CLC, the dependences were found of the minimum threshold gain on the layer thickness and the optical anisotropy of the material. The contribution of the dye absorption was discussed separately. The experimental data presented are in good agreement with threshold gain calculations.

PACS numbers

42.60.Da 42.70.Df 42.70.-a 

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shubnikov Institute of CrystallographyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.LICRYL-CEMIF.CAL, Physics DepartmentUniversity of CalabriaRende (Cs)Italy

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