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Tunable dual-wavelength operation of a diode laser
Author(s): Veronique Zambon; Nathalie McCarthy; Michel Piche
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Paper Abstract

A tunable multiwavelength laser source can find several applications in spectroscopy, wavelength-division multiplexing and optical metrology. We developed a fabrication technique for holographic gratings designed to allow simultaneous lasing at two wavelengths in Littrow configuration. The design of these gratings is based on recording a constant groove spacing grating and a variable groove spacing grating on the same photoresist. Using the gratings as coupler in the external cavity of a semiconductor laser, we obtained simultaneous laser emission at two wavelengths. The gain medium we used was a commercial laser diode emitting at 675 nm. By translating the grating, we demonstrated tuning of the spectral separation of the dual-wavelength output from 0.8 nm to 6.2 nm. The fabrication technique of holographic gratings and the results obtained with the laser diode will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5577, Photonics North 2004: Optical Components and Devices, (20 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567453
Show Author Affiliations
Veronique Zambon, COPL/Univ. Laval (Canada)
Nathalie McCarthy, COPL/Univ. Laval (Canada)
Michel Piche, COPL/Univ. Laval (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5577:
Photonics North 2004: Optical Components and Devices
John C. Armitage; Simon Fafard; Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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