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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1998
  • pp: 1906–1908

Simple high-coherence rapidly tunable external-cavity diode laser

B. Boggs, C. Greiner, T. Wang, H. Lin, and T. W. Mossberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 24, pp. 1906-1908 (1998)

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We describe a simple electro-optically activated external-cavity diode laser designed to provide high-speed, high-coherence tuning over gigahertz frequency ranges. Tuning as fast as 23 GHz/ µs is demonstrated. Coherence measurements indicate transform-limited quiescent laser linewidth in observation windows as wide as ~100 µs and transform-limited chirps. A self-heterodyne, cross-correlation-based coherence diagnostic is developed for characterizing phase coherence during high-speed chirps.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

B. Boggs, C. Greiner, T. Wang, H. Lin, and T. W. Mossberg, "Simple high-coherence rapidly tunable external-cavity diode laser," Opt. Lett. 23, 1906-1908 (1998)

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