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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1090–1092

Dual-frequency single-axis laser using a lead zirconate tantalate (PLZT) birefringent etalon for millimeter wave generation: beyond the standard limit of tunability

Julien Le Gouët, Loïc Morvan, Mehdi Alouini, Jérôme Bourderionnet, Daniel Dolfi, and Jean-Pierre Huignard  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 9, pp. 1090-1092 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.001090


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Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of optically carried, broadly tunable, millimeter-wave signals with a dual-frequency single-axis Nd : YAG laser. A frequency difference as high as 127 GHz is reached thanks to an intracavity electro-optically tunable etalon made of lead zirconate tantalate (PLZT) ceramic. We show that the available frequency range is actually limited by the bandwidth of the amplification medium, namely, far beyond the usually accepted free spectral range value in the case of a single-axis laser. Both coarse discrete and fine continuous tunabilities are obtained with the same voltage-controlled device, opening the way to widely tunable low-phase-noise optically carried submillimeter or even terahertz sources.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2007
Published: April 3, 2007

Citation
Julien Le Gouët, Loïc Morvan, Mehdi Alouini, Jérôme Bourderionnet, Daniel Dolfi, and Jean-Pierre Huignard, "Dual-frequency single-axis laser using a lead lanthanum zirconate tantalate (PLZT) birefringent etalon for millimeter wave generation: beyond the standard limit of tunability," Opt. Lett. 32, 1090-1092 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-9-1090

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