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Frequency locking and synchronization of nanosecond-pulsed broad-area lasers
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Paper Abstract

Pulsed lasers with pulse durations of nanosecond to millisecond are very important tools for free-space optical communication, LADAR, laser material processing, and optical sensing. Although Q-switched solid-state lasers or gas lasers are currently the most popular light sources for these purposes, pulsed semiconductor lasers have the potential for the above applications because of their compactness, accessibility of direct modulation, and inherently large electrical to optical conversion efficiency. The drawbacks with high-power semiconductor lasers are their poor beam quality and low coherence factors. This work addresses the above issues through experimental demonstration of frequency locking, wavelength tuning, and synchronization of nanosecond pulsed broad-area semiconductor lasers. Nanosecond optical pulses with the peak power of 25 W and the repetition rates of 4 KHz to 240 KHz are generated from a broad-area laser. An external cavity with a diffractive grating is used to reduce the linewidth of the laser from over 5 nm to less than 0.1 nm. The wavelength of the pulsed laser is tunable over more than 10 nm. We have conducted injection locking of a nanosecond pulsed broad-area laser with optical injection from a frequency-locked master laser. Successful injection locking strongly support the feasibility of synchronization and beam combination of pulsed broad-area lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5336, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications II, (1 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.528072
Show Author Affiliations
Yun Liu, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Vassili A. Kireev, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Yehuda Braiman, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5336:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications II
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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