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Low speckle line generation using a semiconductor laser source
Author(s): Gordon Craggs; Youri Meuret; Jan Danckaert; Guy Verschaffelt
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Paper Abstract

In this contribution we show that we can design a low speckle line generator based on the reduced spatial coherence of a broad-area vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (BA-VCSEL). This type of semiconductor laser can be driven into a special operation regime, a regime of low spatial coherence, which has already been shown to have a speckle reducing eect for image projection applications. However, the eectiveness of reducing speckle strongly depends on the line generating optics. Therefore we compare dierent line generating optical systems on their potential to use spatially incoherent laser emission for speckle reduction. These systems are: a single cylindrical lens, a tandem cylindrical lens array or a diuser based line generator. We also compare these results with the speckle occurring if we replace the partial spatially coherent VCSEL with a single mode laser or with a multi-mode VCSEL. We nally draw conclusions on the design of the most optimal optical system. The results of our study are also valid for other sources of partial spatially coherent emission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8433, Laser Sources and Applications, 84330M (15 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.922399
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon Craggs, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Youri Meuret, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Jan Danckaert, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
Guy Verschaffelt, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8433:
Laser Sources and Applications
Thomas Graf; Jacob I. Mackenzie; Helena Jelínková; John Powell, Editor(s)

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