Optical EngineeringInvestigation of a linearly tunable external cavity diode laser in a configuration with single cavity all-dielectric thin-film Fabry-Pérot filter
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The single cavity all-dielectric thin film Fabry-Pérot filter (s-AFPF) has been investigated in this paper as a means of tuning the wavelength in an external cavity diode laser (ECDL), and the means of limiting longitudinal mode hopping has been also investigated. When a TE or TM plane wave irradiates an s-AFPF, a quasilinear relationship is found in a certain wavelength range between the optical intensity peak-transmittance wavelength of s-AFPF and the cosine value of plane wave incident angle at s-AFPF. Based on this feature, we proposed and investigated a configuration with an s-AFPF in an ECDL. By theoretical calculation, a mode-hop-free wavelength tuning range of about 8 nm around 1551.5 nm was achieved. Also, a method in further extending the width of the mode-hop-free wavelength region is proposed and discussed. The ECDL can be used in the application of environmental monitoring, atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy research, precise measurements, and so on.