OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.004972


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (281 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

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.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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

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

Citation
Geraint Owen and William R. Trutna, "Synchronous acousto-optic tuning of free-space external-cavity lasers," Appl. Opt. 44, 4972-4975 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-23-4972


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. M. G. Littman, H. J. Metcalf, “Spectrally narrow pulsed dye laser without beam expander,” Appl. Opt. 17, 2224–2227 (1978). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. G. Coquin, K.-W. Cheung, M. M. Choy, “Single- and multiple-wavelength operation of acoustooptically tuned semiconductor lasers at 1.3 μm,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 25, 1575–1579 (1989). [CrossRef]
  3. A. P. Willis, A. I. Ferguson, D. M. Kane, “External cavity laser diodes with frequency-shifted feedback,” Opt. Commun. 116, 87–93 (1995). [CrossRef]
  4. D. C. Thompson, G. E. Busch, T. J. Zaugg, C. W. Wilson, “Rapid acousto-optic tuning of CO2 lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series, (Optical Society of America, 1996), pp. 241–242.
  5. D. C. Thompson, G. E. Busch, C. W. Wilson, T. J. Zaugg, C. E. M. Strauss, D. K. Remelius, T. Shimada, “Rapid acoustooptic tuner and phase shifter,” U.S. patent6,031,852 (29February2000).
  6. P. McNicholl, H. J. Metcalf, “Synchronous cavity mode and feedback wavelength scanning in dye laser oscillators with gratings,” Appl. Opt. 24, 2757–2761 (1985). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. See, for example, A. Yariv, P. Yeh, Optical Waves in Crystals (Wiley, 2003), Sects. 9.2 and 9.3.
  8. The acousto-optic deflectors were designed and fabricated by Crystal Technology Inc., www.crystaltechnology.com .

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

Figures

Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
 
Fig. 4
 

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited