This paper investigates the correlation between the random lasing properties of organic waveguides made by poly-(9-9dioctylfluorene) (PFO) thin films and the morphology of wrinkled corrugated substrates. The capability to individually control the wrinkle wavelength, shape, and height allows us to separately investigate their role on the sample emission properties. We demonstrate that the main parameter determining the presence of coherent random lasing is the substrate roughness and that, contrary to what could be qualitatively expected, as the roughness increases, coherent random lasing is progressively reduced. Coherent random lasing is observed only for a substrate roughness below 33 nm, while higher roughness leads to amplified spontaneous emission (up to 70 nm) or to the absence of light amplification in the film (above 70 nm). We demonstrate that this result is due to a progressive reduction of the light amplification efficiency in the PFO film, evidencing that coherent random lasing can be obtained only with a right interplay between light amplification and scattering. Besides clarifying the basic aspects of random lasing in organic waveguides, our work opens the way to the realization of organic random lasers with predictable emission properties, thanks to the high control level of the scattering properties of the wrinkled corrugated surfaces.

Random Lasing Engineering in Poly-(9-9dioctylfluorene) Active Waveguides Deposited on Wrinkles Corrugated Surfaces

Anni, Marco
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2019

Abstract

This paper investigates the correlation between the random lasing properties of organic waveguides made by poly-(9-9dioctylfluorene) (PFO) thin films and the morphology of wrinkled corrugated substrates. The capability to individually control the wrinkle wavelength, shape, and height allows us to separately investigate their role on the sample emission properties. We demonstrate that the main parameter determining the presence of coherent random lasing is the substrate roughness and that, contrary to what could be qualitatively expected, as the roughness increases, coherent random lasing is progressively reduced. Coherent random lasing is observed only for a substrate roughness below 33 nm, while higher roughness leads to amplified spontaneous emission (up to 70 nm) or to the absence of light amplification in the film (above 70 nm). We demonstrate that this result is due to a progressive reduction of the light amplification efficiency in the PFO film, evidencing that coherent random lasing can be obtained only with a right interplay between light amplification and scattering. Besides clarifying the basic aspects of random lasing in organic waveguides, our work opens the way to the realization of organic random lasers with predictable emission properties, thanks to the high control level of the scattering properties of the wrinkled corrugated surfaces.
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