Single-longitudinal-mode semiconductor laser with digital and mode-hop-free fine-tuning mechanisms

Tsung-Sheng Shih, Yu-Ping Lan, Yea-Feng Lin, Ru-Pin Pan, Ci-Ling Pan
2004 Optics Express  
We report a novel external cavity laser diode (λ = 1.5 µm). An intra-cavity liquid crystal pixel mirror allows digitally tuning of the laser wavelength to more than 40 wavelength channels of 100 GHz spacing according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) grid. Laser wavelength can further be fine-tuned by varying the driving voltages applied to an intra-cavity planar nematic liquid crystal phase plate. With a cell 52.3 µm in thickness, the output frequency can be continuously tuned
more » ... continuously tuned over 1.89 GHz. The root-mean-square voltage required for driving the phase plate was from 1.00 to 4.56 volts.
doi:10.1364/opex.12.006434 pmid:19488293 fatcat:gle74vxyg5fgjh4oesvkeim364