There are widespread commercial applications of lasers, such as laser cutters, laser pointers, and laser printers, just to name a few. Due to their well-defined frequency, narrow divergence, and high intensity, lasers are used in many different fields, including medicine and science. Currently, most lasers used are either inorganic or crystal lasers. However, those lasers are relatively inflexible compared to organic lasers, due to their fixed color, difficult manufacturing process, and high production costs. Therefore, many researchers have begun to investigate the more versatile organic laser. The goal of our work was to increase the versatility of the organic laser by making it transparent, durable, and cost-effective. In this study, we first recreated the organic laser of Kozlov et. al., 2000 to learn how to operate the machinery necessary to create organic lasers. Next, our study designed a setup to test organic lasers. Through educational guesses and trial and error, a system to effectively test the organic lasers was successfully created. Lastly, we created a more versatile laser using a glass substrate and the plastic lid of a takeout box from a local restaurant. The results showed that the laser we built successfully lased while being transparent. The plastic laser, judging by the substrate alone, was about 100,000 times cheaper than the substrate used by Kozlov et. al., 2000. This advancement in creating a cost-effective, durable, organic laser is an important step in revolutionizing its mass production and expanding its applications.
| Julien He
||This young man's name is Jiaheng He. Due to the difficulty in the pronunciation of his name, he got a nick named that he picked for himself, Julien. He also goes by Jules or J Money.
He always had an affinity for science, especially Physics, his passion of his life. Since middle school, he has been infatuated. Nothing can separate him now from his true love.
In his free time, he reads up on current advancements in the field of science.
|| Sung Wan Huh
||My name is Sung Wan Huh and I am a senior. This is my first year in Breck’s Advanced Science Research program
I'm from Korea and came to US in 5th grade. I've been an international student at Breck for 6 years.
I'm interested in Physics and Mathematics, and I play cello as a hobby. I've played since I was 4, and I play in Breck Chambers Orchestra and in Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
In my free time, I like to sleep.
Honors & Awards
Julien He (12) & Sung Wan Huh (12) worked at Chemical Engineering and Material Science department in University of Minnesota under the guidance of Dr. Russell Holmes.
Tri-State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
- North Central Tri-State Junior Science & Humanities Symposium participants
State Science and Engineering Fair
- Office of Naval Research – U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Award
- SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics 1 st place high school project award
- Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair participants
Twin Cities Regional Science Fair
- International Science & Engineering Fair Alternates, awarded an opportunity to attend Intel's
international competition in May 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
- 3M Foundation Sponsor Award
- United States Army Award
- Top ribbon signifying qualification to the Minnesota State Science Fair Competition in March
- Research Paper Competition Finalist signifying qualification to the North Central Tri-State Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in March