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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 19 — Sep. 17, 2007
  • pp: 12183–12188

Optical feedback effect in DFB lasers for remote reflectivity detecting

Junping Zhou, Ming Wang, and Daofu Han  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 12183-12188 (2007)

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A new approach for remote reflectivity detecting based on optical feedback effect in distributed feedback (DFB) lasers is presented. A linear dependent relationship between the reflectivity of external target and the signal modulation depth is obtained. The experimental results show a good agreement with the theoretical analysis and the simulation, and indicate that the active sensing based on optical feedback effect in DFB laser is an effective approach for reflectivity detecting. With the advantage of simple and compact structure, this application can easily enhance the development of a new generation of active sensor.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 17, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2007
Published: September 10, 2007

Junping Zhou, Ming Wang, and Daofu Han, "Optical feedback effect in DFB lasers for remote reflectivity detecting," Opt. Express 15, 12183-12188 (2007)

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