1.7 THz tuning range pivot-point-independent mode-hop-free external cavity diode laser

Jiuyuan Zhu, Dun Qiao, Adam Jones, Bo Zhang, Kang Li, Nigel Copner

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A novel mode-hope-free (MHF) tunable external cavity diode laser (ECDL) is demonstrated without mechanical pivot-point tuning. By corotating a periscope with an etalon and a narrow band pass (NBP) filter inside an external cavity, the cavity single longitudinal mode selection can be maintained, and continuous tuning can be achieved with optimal synchronization. A MHF continuous tuning range of 1.7 THz has been achieved with a semiconductor gain chip at the wavelength of 652±2 nm experimentally, and the theoretical tuning range can reach over 4.8 THz. The laser linewidth is estimated to be less than 1 MHz (FWHM) by a scanning Fabry-Perot (F-P) and a Michelson interferometer. 1 mW output power with variation of less than 10% in the tuning region of roughly 1.7 THz has been demonstrated
Original languageEnglish
Article number3970
Pages (from-to)3970-3983
Number of pages14
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
Early online date19 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2023


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