Abstract

The lasing properties of a number of newly synthesized 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole derivatives copolymerized with methyl methacrylate or dissolved in poly(methyl methacrylate) and pumped with an N2 laser are reported. The radiation mechanism is based on the intramolecular proton-transfer in the electronic excited state. Both the lasing efficiency and the dye photostability increase significantly when the proton-transfer chromophore is covalently bound to the polymeric chain, and energy-conversion efficiencies comparable to those obtained in liquid solution are demonstrated.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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