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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2007
  • pp: 2286–2291

Effects of optical feedback in a birefringence-Zeeman dual frequency laser at high optical feedback levels

Wei Mao and Shulian Zhang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 12, pp. 2286-2291 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.002286


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Abstract

Optical feedback effects are studied in a birefringence-Zeeman dual frequency laser at high optical feedback levels. The intensity modulation features of the two orthogonally polarized lights are investigated in both isotropic optical feedback (IOF) and polarized optical feedback (POF). In IOF, the intensities of both beams are modulated simultaneously, and four zones, i.e., the e-light zone, the o-light and e-light zone, the o-light zone, and the no-light zone, are formed in a period corresponding to a half laser wavelength displacement of the feedback mirror. In POF, the two orthogonally polarized lights will oscillate alternately. Strong mode competition can be observed, and it affects the phase difference between the two beams greatly. The theoretical analysis is presented, which is in good agreement with the experimental results. The potential use of the experimental results is also discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(260.7490) Physical optics : Zeeman effect

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2006
Published: April 3, 2007

Citation
Wei Mao and Shulian Zhang, "Effects of optical feedback in a birefringence-Zeeman dual frequency laser at high optical feedback levels," Appl. Opt. 46, 2286-2291 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-12-2286


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