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Optical Engineering

High-Power Single-Mode AIGaAs Laser Diodes
Author(s): D. Botaz; D. J. Channin; M. Ettenberg
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Paper Abstract

The major types of AIGaAs high-power cw single-mode diode lasers are reviewed and compared. The basic approaches for achieving high-power (20 to 50 mW/facet) single-mode operation are presented first. Emphasis is placed on the CDH-LOC (constricted double-heterojunction large optical cavity) laser type, which has demonstrated cw single-mode operation to 40 mW/facet and 50% duty cycle fundamen-tal mode operation to 100 mW/facet. By using CDH-LOC devices, signal-to-noise ratios close to 70 dB were achieved, and peak powers of 40 mW (50% duty cycle) were coupled into 0.2 N.A. fibers. Life tests of CDH-LOC lasers at 40 mW/facet initial output power and 50% duty cycle have shown small drops in output even after 10,000 hours of operation. Monolithic ten-unit arrays of CDH-LOC lasers delivering up to 300 mW in cw operation have been demonstrated as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1982
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(6) doi: 10.1117/12.7973035
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
D. Botaz, David Sarnoff Research Center (United States)
D. J. Channin, David Sarnoff Research Center (United States)
M. Ettenberg, David Sarnoff Research Center (United States)


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