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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 11 — May. 31, 2004
  • pp: 2365–2370

A birefringent etalon as single-mode selector in a laser cavity

Kyle S. Gardner, Richard H. Abram, and Erling Riis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 11, pp. 2365-2370 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.12.002365


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Abstract

A novel technique is demonstrated for stabilizing an intra-cavity etalon used for single-mode selection in a laser cavity. By appropriate polarization analysis of the reflection from an etalon designed as a quarterwave plate an electronic signal can be derived, that enables the implementation of an electronic stabilization scheme. This scheme obviates the need for any modulation of the etalon in order to ensure stable single mode operation of a cw tunable laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: April 22, 2004
Revised Manuscript: May 11, 2004
Published: May 30, 2004

Citation
Kyle Gardner, Richard Abram, and Erling Riis, "A birefringent etalon as single-mode selector in a laser cavity," Opt. Express 12, 2365-2370 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-11-2365


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