Modulatable narrow-linewidth semiconductor lasers

Hollberg, L.; Ohtsu, M.
September 1988
Applied Physics Letters;9/12/1988, Vol. 53 Issue 11, p944
Academic Journal
We find that using the technique of optical feedback locking, to narrow semiconductor linewidths, does not sacrifice the ability to modulate the laser's frequency via the injection current. The frequency of a laser is stabilized to a separate Fabry-Perot reference cavity using resonant optical feedback and can be modulated efficiently at frequencies related by rational fractions to the free-spectral range of the reference cavity. This system can provide an array of narrow-linewidth, frequency-stable laser lines and shows promise for applications in frequency-division-multiplexed coherent communications, as well as laser frequency control and precision measurement systems.


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