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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 7209–7214

Red microchip VECSEL array

Jennifer Hastie, Lynne Morton, Stephane Calvez, Martin Dawson, Tomi Leinonen, Markus Pessa, Graham Gibson, and Miles Padgett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 7209-7214 (2005)

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We report an InGaP/AlInGaP/GaAs microchip vertical-external-cavity surface emitting laser operating directly at red wavelengths and demonstrate its potential for array-format operation. Optical pumping with up to 3.3W at 532nm produced a maximum output power of 330mW at 675nm, in a single circularly-symmetric beam with M2<2. Simultaneous pumping with three separate input beams, generated using a diffractive optical element, achieved lasing from three discrete areas of the same chip. Output power of ~95mW per beam was obtained from this 3�?1 array, each beam having a Gaussian intensity profile with M2<1.2. In a further development, a spatial light modulator allowed computer control over the orientation and separation of the pump beams, and hence dynamic control over the configuration of the VECSEL array.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 25, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

Jennifer Hastie, Lynne Morton, Stephane Calvez, Martin Dawson, Tomi Leinonen, Markus Pessa, Graham Gibson, and Miles Padgett, "Red microchip VECSEL array," Opt. Express 13, 7209-7214 (2005)

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