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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 5 — Mar. 7, 2005
  • pp: 1498–1507

Modeless operation of a wavelength-agile laser by high-speed cavity length changes

Laura A. Kranendonk, Renata J. Bartula, and Scott T. Sanders  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 5, pp. 1498-1507 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.001498


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Abstract

An external cavity laser has been designed for rapid but stable wavelength-tuning. To enhance the tuning stability, cavity modes are suppressed by rapidly changing the cavity length as part of the wavelength-scanning mechanism. The ~27 cm cavity length is modulated at speeds up to 1190 m/s, corresponding to ~90% of one wavelength in an optical round-trip time. The laser scans from 1370–1464 nm and back at a rate of 15.5 kHz with a measured instantaneous linewidth of ~0.3 nm. This high speed modeless laser has several advantages over traditional designs which will be discussed here.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: January 19, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 17, 2005
Published: March 7, 2005

Citation
Laura Kranendonk, Renata Bartula, and Scott Sanders, "Modeless operation of a wavelength-agile laser by high-speed cavity length changes," Opt. Express 13, 1498-1507 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-5-1498


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