Droplet resonator based optofluidic microlasers

Alper Kiraz*, Alexandr Jonáš, Mehdi Aas, Yasin Karadag, Oto Brzobohatý, Jan Ježek, Zdeněk Pilát, Pavel Zemánek, Suman Anand, David McGloin

*Corresponding author for this work

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We introduce tunable optofluidic microlasers based on active optical resonant cavities formed by optically stretched, dye-doped emulsion droplets confined in a dual-beam optical trap. To achieve tunable dye lasing, optically pumped droplets of oil dispersed in water are stretched by light in the dual-beam trap. Subsequently, resonant path lengths of whispering gallery modes (WGMs) propagating in the droplet are modified, leading to shifts in the microlaser emission wavelengths. We also report lasing in airborne, Rhodamine B-doped glycerolwater droplets which were localized using optical tweezers. While being trapped near the focal point of an infrared laser, the droplets were pumped with a Q-switched green laser. Furthermore, biological lasing in droplets supported by a superhydrophobic surface is demonstrated using a solution of Venus variant of the yellow fluorescent protein or E. Coli bacterial cells expressing stably the Venus protein. Our results may lead to new ways of probing airborne particles, exploiting the high sensitivity of stimulated emission to small perturbations in the droplet laser cavity and the gain medium.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI
ISBN (Print)9780819498731
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventLaser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 3 Feb 20146 Feb 2014


ConferenceLaser Resonators, Microresonators, and Beam Control XVI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • biological laser
  • dye laser
  • microdroplet laser
  • optical manipulation
  • optical stretcher
  • optical tweezers
  • whispering gallery mode


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