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  • Editor: Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 20 — Sep. 29, 2008
  • pp: 16093–16103

Short-wavelength MEMS-tunable VCSELs

Garrett D. Cole, Elaine Behymer, Tiziana C. Bond, and Lynford L. Goddard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 20, pp. 16093-16103 (2008)

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We present electrically-injected MEMS-tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with emission wavelengths below 800 nm. Operation in this wavelength range, near the oxygen A-band from 760–780 nm, is attractive for absorption-based optical gas sensing. These fully-monolithic devices are based on an oxide-aperture AlGaAs epitaxial structure and incorporate a suspended dielectric Bragg mirror for wavelength tuning. By implementing electrostatic actuation, we demonstrate the potential for tuning rates up to 1 MHz, as well as a wide wavelength tuning range of 30 nm (767–737 nm).

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OCIS Codes
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(230.4685) Optical devices : Optical microelectromechanical devices

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Original Manuscript: July 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2008
Published: September 25, 2008

Garrett D. Cole, Elaine Behymer, Tiziana C. Bond, and Lynford L. Goddard, "Short-wavelength MEMS-tunable VCSELs," Opt. Express 16, 16093-16103 (2008)

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