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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2014
  • pp: 394–397

Self-mixing sensing system based on uncooled vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser array: linking multichannel operation and enhanced performance

John R. Tucker, Alireza Mowla, Jeremy Herbert, Miguel A. Fuentes, Craig S. Freakley, Karl Bertling, Yah Leng Lim, Ranveer S. Matharu, Julien Perchoux, Thomas Taimre, Stephen J. Wilson, and Aleksandar D. Rakić  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 2, pp. 394-397 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.000394


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Abstract

We compare the performance of a self-mixing (SM) sensing system based on an uncooled monolithic array of 24×1 vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) in two modes of operation: single active channel and the concurrent multichannel operation. We find that the signal-to-noise ratio of individual SM sensors in a VCSEL array is markedly improved by multichannel operation, as a consequence of the increased operational temperature of the sensors. The performance improvement can be further increased by manufacturing VCSEL arrays with smaller pitch. This has the potential to produce an imaging system with high spatial and temporal resolutions that can be operated without temperature stabilization.

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OCIS Codes
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: October 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 4, 2013
Published: January 15, 2014

Citation
John R. Tucker, Alireza Mowla, Jeremy Herbert, Miguel A. Fuentes, Craig S. Freakley, Karl Bertling, Yah Leng Lim, Ranveer S. Matharu, Julien Perchoux, Thomas Taimre, Stephen J. Wilson, and Aleksandar D. Rakić, "Self-mixing sensing system based on uncooled vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser array: linking multichannel operation and enhanced performance," Opt. Lett. 39, 394-397 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-2-394


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