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Mode-hop-free tuning over 135 GHz of external cavity diode lasers without anti-reflection coating

By Sourav Dutta, D. S. Elliott and Yong P. Chen


We report an external cavity diode laser (ECDL), using a diode whose front facet is not antireflection (AR) coated, that has a mode-hop-free (MHF) tuning range greater than 135 GHz. We achieved this using a short external cavity and by simultaneously tuning the internal and external modes of the laser. We find that the precise location of the pivot point of the grating in our laser is less critical than commonly believed. The general applicability of the method, combined with the compact portable mechanical and electronic design, makes it well suited for both research and industrial applications.Comment: 5 pages, 5 figure

Topics: Physics - Atomic Physics, Condensed Matter - Quantum Gases, Physics - Optics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s00340-011-4841-4
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