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Electronic tuning of LEC lasers
Author(s): Kevin Doughty; Keith H. Cameron
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Paper Abstract

A key element in any optical system is the light source and semi-conductor lasers have become the most attractive candidates for many applications due to their small size, low drive voltages and high output powers. However, their linewidths need to be reduced for operation at ever-increasing modulation rates. Monolithic laser designs such as the distributed feedback (DFE) and distributed Bragg reflector (DER) produce line-narrowed outputs by including an internal grating within the laser cavity [1). If the cavity is extended beyond the active semi-conductor chip then this long external cavity arrangement, with a reflector at the end, can produce far greater line-width reductions provided that a mechanism is included for selection of a single longitudinal lasing mode [2). Applications for tunable LEC lasers have increased dramatically in recent years and now extend from local oscillators in coherent detection schemes to testing of optical components such as filters and amplifiers and they might in future also be employed in sophisticated fibre optic sensor systems. Various designs have been proposed for mechanical arrangements which would enable wide-range tuning whilst maintaining a single longitudinal mode [3-5) but, in practice, suffer from backlash, hysteresis and slow operation which make them non—ideal for field operation. In the present work we seek an improved control system which will enable wavelength tuning to be performed with the ease and consistency of the electronic tuning schemes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 December 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1703, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VI and Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas III, (2 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138374
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin Doughty, Univ. of Wales (United Kingdom)
Keith H. Cameron, British Telecom Labs. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1703:
Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VI and Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas III
Shi-Kay Yao; Brian M. Hendrickson, Editor(s)

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