Through the reversible isomerization of trans-cis-trans under the linear polarization light, the molecules of azo materials have the same tropism which is vertical to the polarization of light. This means that azo materials have photo-induced birefringence which is related to optical power and polarization angle of the light. Based on the photo-induced birefringence of azo materials, we design a new type of optically pumped semiconductor vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (OPS-VECSEL) which can control the polarization and frequency of the ejection laser. The functional molecules of azo materials are [3-azo-(4'nitro)]-(9-ethyl)-carbazole (ANECz).
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