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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 32, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 1993
  • pp: 4193–4198

Use of a multimode short-external-cavity laser diode for absolute-distance interferometry

Peter de Groot  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 32, Issue 22, pp. 4193-4198 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.32.004193


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Abstract

The author considers the resonant-mode structure of a three-wall Fabry–Perot laser-diode cavity in the context of multiple-color interferometric techniques for determining absolute distance. It is found that the theoretical emission spectrum for a dispersive gain medium such as GaAlAs in such a cavity can be used to generate synthetic wavelengths from less than 200 μm to more than a meter with a single laser diode. The emission characteristics and their use in distance measurements are then illustrated experimentally by using a commercially available short-external-cavity device operated near threshold.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: June 5, 1992
Published: August 1, 1993

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Peter de Groot, "Use of a multimode short-external-cavity laser diode for absolute-distance interferometry," Appl. Opt. 32, 4193-4198 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-32-22-4193

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