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Fringe locking in a laser diode interferometer by optical feedback
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Paper Abstract

We describe a fringe locking phenomenon that is observed in a two beam interferometer using a laser diode. We found that the fringes were locked even when one mirror of the interferometer was vibrated at an amplitude of several wavelengths. The phenomenon is caused by optical feedback from the interferometer to the laser diode so that oscillation wavelength of the laser can be changed by mirror movement to compensate for the resultant change in the path difference. The phenomenon occurs if a fraction at least 0.1% of LD output power is returned. The degree of fringe locking depends on optical path difference periodically with a period of optical laser cavity length. The locking has also been observed for the mirror vibration at two wavelengths in amplitude and 10 kHz in frequency limited by the PZT driver. The wavelength shift caused by the mirror movement has been calculated using an equivalent Fabry-Perot cavity model for the laser diode interferometer and showed good agreement with experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3479, Laser Interferometry IX: Applications, (6 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316437
Show Author Affiliations
Jiyuan Liu, RIKEN--The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (United States)
Ichirou Yamaguchi, RIKEN--The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3479:
Laser Interferometry IX: Applications
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz; Gordon M. Brown; Werner P. O. Jueptner, Editor(s)

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