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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 2009
  • pp: 969–973

Coherence length tunable semiconductor laser with optical feedback

Yuncai Wang, Lingqin Kong, Anbang Wang, and Linlin Fan  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 5, pp. 969-973 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.000969


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Abstract

We report the experimental results to continuously tune the coherence length of a semiconductor laser using an optical feedback scheme. The coherence length can be controlled by adjusting the feedback strength when a semiconductor laser operates in a coherence collapse regime. Fine structures of the fringe visibility of the laser output show that the coherence length of the semiconductor laser can be shortened from several meters of the solitary laser to 100 μm by the long-cavity optical feedback technique. Experimental results indicate that the coherence length of the laser, depending strongly on the feedback strength, is insensitive to its bias current.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 15, 2009
Published: February 4, 2009

Citation
Yuncai Wang, Lingqin Kong, Anbang Wang, and Linlin Fan, "Coherence length tunable semiconductor laser with optical feedback," Appl. Opt. 48, 969-973 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-5-969

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