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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 8994–8999

Low noise chirped pulse mode-locked laser using an intra-cavity Fabry-Pérot etalon

Dimitrios Mandridis, Charles Williams, Ibrahim Ozdur, and Peter J. Delfyett  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 8994-8999 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.008994


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Abstract

This work presents an extensive investigation of the performance characteristics of a semiconductor-based Theta cavity design laser with an intra-cavity Fabry-Pérot etalon operating at 100 MHz repetition rate. The Theta laser being an external cavity harmonically mode-locked semiconductor laser exhibits supermode noise that impairs its performance. A fiberized Fabry-Pérot periodic filter inserted within the Theta laser cavity mitigates the contribution of the supermode noise to the pulse-to-pulse energy variance by 20 times. The laser has both a compressed output with picosecond pulse duration and a uniform intensity quasi-CW linearly chirped pulse output with 10 nm bandwidth. Long-term stability is attained by referencing the cavity length to the etalon using an intra-cavity Hänsch-Couillaud locking scheme.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2011
Published: April 25, 2011

Citation
Dimitrios Mandridis, Charles Williams, Ibrahim Ozdur, and Peter J. Delfyett, "Low noise chirped pulse mode-locked laser using an intra-cavity Fabry-Pérot etalon," Opt. Express 19, 8994-8999 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-10-8994


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