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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1999
  • pp: 1573–1574

Electronically tunable external-cavity laser diode

J. Struckmeier, A. Euteneuer, B. Smarsly, M. Breede, M. Born, M. Hofmann, L. Hildebrand, and J. Sacher  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 22, pp. 1573-1574 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.001573


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Abstract

We present a new concept for an electronically tunable diode laser. It is based on an external-cavity configuration with simultaneous feedback and intracavity spatial separation of the laser’s spectral components. The electronical tunability is achieved by insertion of a liquid-crystal array as an electronically controlled aperture into the region of spatial separation of the spectral components. Wavelength tunability without mechanical movement over a range of 10 nm and two-color operation are demonstrated with a 670-nm laser diode.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers

Citation
J. Struckmeier, A. Euteneuer, B. Smarsly, M. Breede, M. Born, M. Hofmann, L. Hildebrand, and J. Sacher, "Electronically tunable external-cavity laser diode," Opt. Lett. 24, 1573-1574 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-22-1573

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