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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 2005
  • pp: 4972–4975

Synchronous acousto-optic tuning of free-space external-cavity lasers

Geraint Owen and William R. Trutna, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 23, pp. 4972-4975 (2005)

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Mechanically tuned external-cavity lasers in which the cavity and the mode filter are tuned synchronously are well known and commercially available. The synchronicity allows phase-continuous tuning to be obtained. Acousto-optic tuning has potential advantages in terms of speed, stability, and precision, but a method for synchronous tuning is required. We propose such a method and describe its experimental verification.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2005
Published: August 10, 2005

Geraint Owen and William R. Trutna, "Synchronous acousto-optic tuning of free-space external-cavity lasers," Appl. Opt. 44, 4972-4975 (2005)

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