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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1991
  • pp: 910–912

External-cavity diode laser using a grazing-incidence diffraction grating

K. C. Harvey and C. J. Myatt  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 910-912 (1991)

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An external cavity has been developed for use with commercial diode lasers. It uses a diffraction grating at grazing incidence for wavelength selection and output coupling. This configuration allows a GaAlAs diode laser to be tuned conveniently anywhere in a range greater than 20 nm. Also, the linewidth is reduced by a factor of more than 1000 from 40 MHz to less than 10 kHz. The new laser system should be useful for high-resolution spectroscopy, laser cooling of atoms, time standards, and coherent optical communications.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 14, 1991
Published: June 15, 1991

K. C. Harvey and C. J. Myatt, "External-cavity diode laser using a grazing-incidence diffraction grating," Opt. Lett. 16, 910-912 (1991)

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