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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2831–2833

Tunable single-mode fiber-VCSEL using an intracavity polymer microlens

Nicolas Laurand, Benoit Guilhabert, Erdan Gu, Stephane Calvez, and Martin D. Dawson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 19, pp. 2831-2833 (2007)

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We report a tunable, single-mode vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) format suitable for array operation, power scaling, fiber coupling, and operation in isolated environments such as those required by atom optics. The devices are fiber VCSELs, consisting of a semiconductor gain and mirror structure separated from a mirror-coated optical fiber by an air (or vacuum) gap. The gain structure has polymer microlenses fabricated on its surface, of characteristics suitable to focus the oscillating mode on both cavity mirrors, ensuring stable fundamental mode emission and high fiber coupling efficiency. We demonstrate such devices in continuous-wave operation at 1.03 μ m at room temperature, with a single-mode tuning range of 13 nm , laser threshold as low as 2.5 mW , and a maximum fiber-coupled output power of 10 mW .

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OCIS Codes
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 2007
Published: September 25, 2007

Nicolas Laurand, Benoit Guilhabert, Erdan Gu, Stephane Calvez, and Martin D. Dawson, "Tunable single-mode fiber-VCSEL using an intracavity polymer microlens," Opt. Lett. 32, 2831-2833 (2007)

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