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The quest for inexpensive, compact, low phase noise laser sources for fiber optic sensing applications
Author(s): R. E. Bartolo; A. Tveten; C. K. Kirkendall
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Paper Abstract

A systematic comparison of the phase noise performance for commercial off-the-shelf solid-state and semiconductor laser technologies is presented. Specifically these technologies include, Nd:YAG lasers, Er-doped fiber lasers, external cavity semiconductor lasers, and semiconductor DFB lasers. In addition to the measured phase noise performance, price, output power, size, and other important variables for these different laser systems will be compared. Relative to previously published results, the phase noise performance of inexpensive external cavity semiconductor lasers has improved dramatically in recent years, now rivaling that of Er-doped fiber lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2009
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7503, 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, 750370 (5 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.834687
Show Author Affiliations
R. E. Bartolo, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
A. Tveten, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. K. Kirkendall, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7503:
20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Julian D. C. Jones, Editor(s)

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