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Hybrid ECL/DBR wavelength and spectrum stabilized lasers demonstrate high power and narrow spectral linewidth
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Paper Abstract

The use of LiNbO3 based Volume Holographic Gratings (VHGs) to provide spectrally filtered feedback to a semiconductor laser diode was documented in the mid 1980s1, however issues with long term stability had left this technology on the sidelines. Photo-sensitive glass based VHGs do not exhibit long term aging or thermal/photo bleaching effects, and therefore have enabled a new type of External Cavity Laser (ECL). This highly manufacturable "hybrid ECL/DBR" (HECL) laser utilizes precision VHGs and has been used to create high performance lasers with spectrally tailored output. Lasers with fiber coupled output powers in excess of 4.2 W and spectral line widths of less than 0.15 nm have been demonstrated. Additionally, multi-mode lasers have been developed for High Resolution Raman Spectroscopy that exhibit spectral line widths below 0.06 nm (i.e. < 1 wavenumber) with fiber coupled output power in excess of 350 mW. The use of glass based VHGs provides HECL laser wavelength stabilization of better than 0.01 nm/oC, and allows the production of lasers at virtually any wavelength between 650 nm - 2400 nm.

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Date Published: 22 February 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6101, Laser Beam Control and Applications, 61010I (22 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646791
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Scott L. Rudder, Innovative Photonic Solutions (United States)
John C. Connolly, Innovative Photonic Solutions (United States)
Gregory J. Steckman, Ondax, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6101:
Laser Beam Control and Applications
Steven J. Davis; Alexis V. Kudryashov; Adolf Giesen; Detlef Nickel; Michael C. Heaven; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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