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Above 2-µm emitting GaSb-based semiconductor disk laser with <100-kHz linewidth at 1000-mW output power
Author(s): Sebastian Kaspar; Marcel Rattunde; Tino Töpper; Benno Rösener; Christian Manz; Klaus Köhler; Joachim Wagner
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we report on the development of narrow-linewidth vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) at a wavelength of >2 μm. Starting from a laboratory setup, we designed a highly stable VECSEL module machined from a solid block of aluminum. For linewidth precise measurements, heterodyne beatnote measurements were employed. For this firstgeneration module a linewidth of 9 kHz was achieved when actively stabilizing the laser wavelength, whereas without stabilization the linewidth amounted to 45 kHz at an output power of 100 mW, both data referring to a 100-μs sampling time. To further increase the output power, a second-generation module was fabricated, for which the on-chip mode diameter was increased. This allowed operation at a larger pump-spot diameter and still maintaining TEM00 operation, while increasing the maximum pump power and hence the output power. This module yielded an output power above 1 W in single-mode operation at a linewidth of 60 kHz (100 μs sampling time) without active wavelength stabilization. Modehop-free single-mode operation could be maintained for more than 18 hours. This new multiple-Watt, narrow-linewidth VECSEL module is apt for plane-to-ground communications without the necessity of amplifiers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8242, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) II, 82420G (14 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.906380
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Sebastian Kaspar, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Marcel Rattunde, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Tino Töpper, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Benno Rösener, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Christian Manz, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Klaus Köhler, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)
Joachim Wagner, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8242:
Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) II
Anne C. Tropper, Editor(s)

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