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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2002
  • pp: 6380–6384

Fast tuning of external-cavity diode lasers

Peter Mahnke, Hans H. Klingenberg, and Werner Zirnig  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 30, pp. 6380-6384 (2002)

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We report on a method for characterizing the tuning capabilities of small-bandwidth external-cavity diode lasers. The step response of a piezo-driven Littman-Metcalf external-cavity diode laser and the compensation of its optoelectromechanical frequency response is investigated. When an approximately 50-V compensated Gaussian pulse is applied to the piezo element, a detuning of 13.6 GHz is observed. This modification of the laser is useful for several spectroscopical applications and as a tunable seed laser for lidar applications.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers

Original Manuscript: February 25, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2002
Published: October 20, 2002

Peter Mahnke, Hans H. Klingenberg, and Werner Zirnig, "Fast tuning of external-cavity diode lasers," Appl. Opt. 41, 6380-6384 (2002)

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