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Sample records for optically-pumped external-cavity surface-emitting

  1. 1300 nm optically pumped quantum dot spin vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Alharthi, S. S.; Orchard, J.; Clarke, E.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.

    2015-10-01

    We report a room temperature optically pumped Quantum Dot-based Spin-Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting laser (QD Spin-VECSEL) operating at the telecom wavelength of 1.3 μm. The active medium was composed of 5 × 3 QD layers; each threefold group was positioned at an antinode of the standing wave of the optical field. Circularly polarized lasing in the QD-VECSEL under Continuous-Wave optical pumping has been realized with a threshold pump power of 11 mW. We further demonstrate at room temperature control of the QD-VECSEL output polarization ellipticity via the pump polarization.

  2. 1300 nm optically pumped quantum dot spin vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Alharthi, S. S. Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.; Orchard, J.; Clarke, E.

    2015-10-12

    We report a room temperature optically pumped Quantum Dot-based Spin-Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting laser (QD Spin-VECSEL) operating at the telecom wavelength of 1.3 μm. The active medium was composed of 5 × 3 QD layers; each threefold group was positioned at an antinode of the standing wave of the optical field. Circularly polarized lasing in the QD-VECSEL under Continuous-Wave optical pumping has been realized with a threshold pump power of 11 mW. We further demonstrate at room temperature control of the QD-VECSEL output polarization ellipticity via the pump polarization.

  3. Control of light polarization using optically spin-injected vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Frougier, J. Jaffrès, H.; Deranlot, C.; George, J.-M.; Baili, G.; Dolfi, D.; Alouini, M.; Sagnes, I.; Garnache, A.

    2013-12-16

    We fabricated and characterized an optically pumped (100)-oriented InGaAs/GaAsP multiple quantum well Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL). The structure is designed to allow the integration of a Metal-Tunnel-Junction ferromagnetic spin-injector for future electrical injection. We report here the control at room temperature of the electromagnetic field polarization using optical spin injection in the active medium of the VECSEL. The switching between two highly circular polarization states had been demonstrated using an M-shaped extended cavity in multi-modes lasing. This result witnesses an efficient spin-injection in the active medium of the LASER.

  4. Frequency-doubled vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Raymond, Thomas D.; Alford, William J.; Crawford, Mary H.; Allerman, Andrew A.

    2002-01-01

    A frequency-doubled semiconductor vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) is disclosed for generating light at a wavelength in the range of 300-550 nanometers. The VECSEL includes a semiconductor multi-quantum-well active region that is electrically or optically pumped to generate lasing at a fundamental wavelength in the range of 600-1100 nanometers. An intracavity nonlinear frequency-doubling crystal then converts the fundamental lasing into a second-harmonic output beam. With optical pumping with 330 milliWatts from a semiconductor diode pump laser, about 5 milliWatts or more of blue light can be generated at 490 nm. The device has applications for high-density optical data storage and retrieval, laser printing, optical image projection, chemical-sensing, materials processing and optical metrology.

  5. Tunable ultraviolet output from an intracavity frequency-doubled red vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Hastie, Jennifer E.; Morton, Lynne G.; Kemp, Alan J.; Dawson, Martin D.; Krysa, Andrey B.; Roberts, John S.

    2006-08-01

    An optically pumped red vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser with an AlInGaP gain region produced more than 1W of continuous-wave output power at a wavelength of 675nm. Frequency doubling in a beta-barium borate crystal placed at an intracavity beam waist generated 120mW of total output power at 338nm. Using an intracavity birefringent filter a second harmonic tuning range of ˜5nm was achieved.

  6. Femtosecond high-power quantum dot vertical external cavity surface emitting laser.

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    Hoffmann, Martin; Sieber, Oliver D; Wittwer, Valentin J; Krestnikov, Igor L; Livshits, Daniil A; Barbarin, Yohan; Südmeyer, Thomas; Keller, Ursula

    2011-04-25

    We report on the first femtosecond vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) exceeding 1 W of average output power. The VECSEL is optically pumped, based on self-assembled InAs quantum dot (QD) gain layers, cooled efficiently using a thin disk geometry and passively modelocked with a fast quantum dot semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM). We developed a novel gain structure with a flat group delay dispersion (GDD) of ± 10 fs2 over a range of 30 nm around the designed operation wavelength of 960 nm. This amount of GDD is several orders of magnitude lower compared to standard designs. Furthermore, we used an optimized positioning scheme of 63 QD gain layers to broaden and flatten the spectral gain. For stable and self-starting pulse formation, we have employed a QD-SESAM with a fast absorption recovery time of around 500 fs. We have achieved 1 W of average output power with 784-fs pulse duration at a repetition rate of 5.4 GHz. The QD-SESAM and the QD-VECSEL are operated with similar cavity mode areas, which is beneficial for higher repetition rates and the integration of both elements into a modelocked integrated external-cavity surface emitting laser (MIXSEL). PMID:21643061

  7. 1-W antimonide-based vertical external cavity surface emitting laser operating at 2-microm.

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    Härkönen, A; Guina, M; Okhotnikov, O; Rößner, K; Hümmer, M; Lehnhardt, T; Müller, M; Forchel, A; Fischer, M

    2006-07-10

    We report a high-power optically pumped semiconductor vertical external cavity surface emitting laser operating at 2-mum wavelength. The gain material consisted of 15 GaInSb quantum-wells placed within a three-lambda GaSb cavity and grown on the top of an 18-pairs AlAsSb/GaSb Bragg reflector. For thermal management we have used a transparent diamond heat spreader bonded on the top of the structure. When cooled down to 5 degrees C, the laser emitted up to 1 W of optical power in a nearly diffraction-limited Gaussian beam demonstrating the high potential of antimonide material for VECSEL fabrication. PMID:19516826

  8. Novel cavities and functionality in high-power highbrightness semiconductor vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Hessenius, Chris

    Ever since the first laser demonstration in 1960, applications for laser systems have increased to include diverse fields such as: national defense, biology and medicine, entertainment, imaging, and communications. In order to serve the growing demand, a wide range of laser types including solid-state, semiconductor, gas, and dye lasers have been developed. For most applications it is critical to have lasers with both high optical power and excellent beam quality. This has traditionally been difficult to simultaneously achieve in semiconductor lasers. In the mid 1990's, the advent of an optically pumped semiconductor vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) led to the demonstration of high (multi-watt) output power with near diffraction limited (TEM00) beam quality. Since that time VECSELs covering large wavelength regions have been developed. It is the objective of this dissertation to investigate and explore novel cavity designs which can lead to increased functionality in high power, high brightness VECSELs. Optically pumped VECSELs have previously demonstrated their potential for high power, high brightness operation. In addition, the "open" cavity design of this type of laser makes intracavity nonlinear frequency conversion, linewidth narrowing, and spectral tuning very efficient. By altering the external cavity design it is possible to add additional functionality to this already flexible design. In this dissertation, the history, theory, design, and fabrication are first presented as VECSEL performance relies heavily on the design and fabrication of the chip. Basic cavities such as the linear cavity and v-shaped cavity will be discussed, including the role they play in wavelength tuning, transverse mode profile, and mode stability. The development of a VECSEL for use as a sodium guide star laser is presented including the theory and simulation of intracavity frequency generation in a modified v-cavity. The results show agreement with theory

  9. Advances in commercial, mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Hempler, Nils; Lubeigt, Walter; Bialkowski, Bartlomiej; Hamilton, Craig J.; Maker, Gareth T.; Malcolm, Graeme P. A.

    2016-03-01

    In launching the Dragonfly, M Squared Lasers has successfully commercialized recent advances in mode-locked vertical external cavity surface emitting laser technologies operating between 920 nm - 1050 nm. This paper will describe the latest advances in the development of a new generation of Dragonfly lasers. The improved system has been engineered to utilise low-cost semiconductor gain media and integrated diode pumping, whilst exhibiting minimal footprint, diffraction limited beam quality and low intrinsic noise. Early experiments have resulted in pulses with 540mW of average output power and 150fs of duration at 200MHz pulse repetition frequency.

  10. On the measurement of the thermal impedance in vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Hader, J.; Wang, T.-L.; Moloney, J. V.; Heinen, B.; Koch, M.; Koch, S. W.; Kunert, B.; Stolz, W.

    2013-04-01

    A detailed and systematic analysis of the loss mechanisms in vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers is presented with the goal to correctly determine the amount of pump power that is converted to heat. With this input, the accuracy of a recently proposed method for measuring the thermal impedance based on roll-over characteristics is shown to be very high for devices with and without dielectric coating. Potential errors arising from non-heating losses can be determined by performing experiments with different out-coupling mirrors.

  11. Growth and testing of vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs) for intracavity cooling of Yb:YLF

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    Cederberg, J. G.; Albrecht, A. R.; Ghasemkhani, M.; Melgaard, S. D.; Sheik-Bahae, M.

    2014-05-01

    Optically-pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers (VECSELs) have unique characteristics that make them attractive for use in intracavity optical cooling of rare earth doped crystals. We present the development of high power VECSELs at 1020 nm for cooling ytterbium-doped yttrium lithium fluoride (Yb:YLF). The VECSEL structures use AlAs/GaAs distributed Bragg reflectors and InGaAs/GaAsP resonant periodic gain epitaxially grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. To achieve the necessary output power, we investigated thinning the substrate to improve the thermal characteristics. We demonstrated a VECSEL structure that was grown inverted, bonded to the heat sink, and the substrate removed by chemical etching. The inverted structure allows us to demonstrate 15 W output with 27% slope efficiency. Wavelength tuning of 30 nm around 1020 nm was achieved by inserting a birefringent quartz window into the cavity. The window also narrows the VECSEL emission, going from a FWHM of 5 nm to below 0.5 nm at a pump power of 40 W.

  12. Over 10 Watt, collinear blue and green vertical external cavity surface emitting laser

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    Lukowski, Michal L.; Hessenius, Chris; Meyer, Jason T.; Fallahi, Mahmoud

    2016-03-01

    A high power, two color, collinear, blue and green vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) is demonstrated. Two different InGaAs/GaAs VECSEL chips operating with gain centers near 970 nm and 1070 nm are used to make two separate V-folded laser cavities. Two critically phase-matched intracavity lithium triborate nonlinear crystals are used to generate blue and green outputs which are then combined in a polarizing beam splitter. This results in a single beam which contains over 10 watts of combined blue and green output power. This concept can be expanded upon by adding a red output for the creation of a high power, white laser source.

  13. Absorber and gain chip optimization to improve performance from a passively modelocked electrically pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting laser

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    Zaugg, C. A. Mangold, M.; Pallmann, W. P.; Golling, M.; Tilma, B. W.; Keller, U.; Gronenborn, S.; Moench, H.; Weichmann, U.; Miller, M.

    2014-03-24

    We present an electrically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (EP-VECSEL) modelocked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) with significantly improved performance. In different cavity configurations, we present the shortest pulses (2.5 ps), highest average output power (53.2 mW), highest repetition rate (18.2 GHz), and highest peak power (4.7 W) to date. The simple and low-cost concept of EP-VECSELs is very attractive for mass-market applications such as optical communication and clocking. The improvements result from an optimized gain chip from Philips Technologie GmbH and a SESAM, specifically designed for EP-VECSELs. For the gain chip, we found a better trade-off between electrical and optical losses with an optimized doping scheme in the substrate to increase the average output power. Furthermore, the device's bottom contact diameter (60 μm) is smaller than the oxide aperture diameter (100 μm), which favors electro-optical conversion into a TEM{sub 00} mode. Compared to optically pumped VECSELs we have to increase the field enhancement in the active region of an EP-VECSEL which requires a SESAM with lower saturation fluence and higher modulation depth for modelocking. We therefore used a resonant quantum well SESAM with a 3.5-pair dielectric top-coating (SiN{sub x} and SiO{sub 2}) to enhance the field in the absorber at the lasing wavelength of 980 nm. The absorption bandedge at room temperature is detuned (965 nm) compared to the resonance (980 nm), which enables temperature-tuning of the modulation depth and saturation fluence from approximately 2.5% up to 15% and from 20 μJ/cm{sup 2} to 1.1 μJ/cm{sup 2}, respectively.

  14. Absorber and gain chip optimization to improve performance from a passively modelocked electrically pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting laser

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    Zaugg, C. A.; Gronenborn, S.; Moench, H.; Mangold, M.; Miller, M.; Weichmann, U.; Pallmann, W. P.; Golling, M.; Tilma, B. W.; Keller, U.

    2014-03-01

    We present an electrically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (EP-VECSEL) modelocked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) with significantly improved performance. In different cavity configurations, we present the shortest pulses (2.5 ps), highest average output power (53.2 mW), highest repetition rate (18.2 GHz), and highest peak power (4.7 W) to date. The simple and low-cost concept of EP-VECSELs is very attractive for mass-market applications such as optical communication and clocking. The improvements result from an optimized gain chip from Philips Technologie GmbH and a SESAM, specifically designed for EP-VECSELs. For the gain chip, we found a better trade-off between electrical and optical losses with an optimized doping scheme in the substrate to increase the average output power. Furthermore, the device's bottom contact diameter (60 μm) is smaller than the oxide aperture diameter (100 μm), which favors electro-optical conversion into a TEM00 mode. Compared to optically pumped VECSELs we have to increase the field enhancement in the active region of an EP-VECSEL which requires a SESAM with lower saturation fluence and higher modulation depth for modelocking. We therefore used a resonant quantum well SESAM with a 3.5-pair dielectric top-coating (SiNx and SiO2) to enhance the field in the absorber at the lasing wavelength of 980 nm. The absorption bandedge at room temperature is detuned (965 nm) compared to the resonance (980 nm), which enables temperature-tuning of the modulation depth and saturation fluence from approximately 2.5% up to 15% and from 20 μJ/cm2 to 1.1 μJ/cm2, respectively.

  15. Tunable high-power high-brightness vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers and their applications

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    Fan, Li

    The extraction of high power with high beam quality from semiconductor lasers has long been a goal of semiconductor laser research. Optically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs) have already shown the potential for their high power high brightness operation. In addition, the macroscopic nature of the external cavity in these lasers makes intracavity nonlinear frequency conversion quite convenient. High-power high-brightness VECSELs with wavelength flexibility enlarge their applications. The drawbacks of the VECSELs are their poor spectral characteristics, thermal-induced wavelength shift and a few-nm-wide linewidth. The objective of this dissertation is to investigate tunable high-power high-brightness VECSELs with spectral and polarization control. The low gain and microcavity resonance of the VECSEL are the major challenges for developing tunable high-power VECSELs with large tunability. To overcome these challenges, the V-shaped cavity, where the anti-reflection coated VECSEL chip serves as a folding mirror, and an extremely low-loss (at tuned wavelength) intracavity birefringent filter at Brewster's angle are employed to achieved the high gain, low-loss wavelength selectivity and the elimination of microcavity. This cavity results in multi-watt TEM00 VECSELs with a wavelength tuning range of 20˜30 nm about 975 nm. Also the longitudinal mode discrimination introduced by birefringent filter makes the linewidth narrow down to 0.5 nm. After the tunable linearly polarized fundamental beam is achieved, the tunable blue-green VECSELs are demonstrated by using type I intracavity second-harmonic generation. The spectral control of VECSELs makes it possible to apply them as an efficient pump source for Er/Yb codoped single-mode fiber laser and to realize the spectral beam combining for multi-wavelength high-brightness power scaling. In this dissertation, theory, design, fabrication and characterization are presented. Rigorous microscopic

  16. Carbon nanotube mode-locked vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Seger, K.; Meiser, N.; Choi, S. Y.; Jung, B. H.; Yeom, D.-I.; Rotermund, F.; Okhotnikov, O.; Laurell, F.; Pasiskevicius, V.

    2014-03-01

    Mode-locking an optically pumped semiconductor disk laser has been demonstrated using low-loss saturable absorption containing a mixture of single-walled carbon nanotubes in PMM polymer. The modulator was fabricated by a simple spin-coating technique on fused silica substrate and was operating in transmission. Stable passive fundamental modelocking was obtained at a repetition rate of 613 MHz with a pulse length of 1.23 ps. The mode-locked semiconductor disk laser in a compact geometry delivered a maximum average output power of 136 mW at 1074 nm.

  17. Dynamics of a low-threshold optically pumped organic vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Shayesteh, Mohammad Reza; Darvish, Ghafar

    2016-06-01

    We propose a low-threshold optically pumped organic vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (OVCSEL). This device has the capability to apply both electrical and optical excitation. The microcavity structure consists of an organic light emitting diode with field-effect electron transport inserted in a high-quality factor double distributed Bragg reflector. The simulated quality factor of the microcavity is shown to be as high as 16,000. Also, we investigate threshold behaviour and the dynamics of the optically pumped OVCSEL with sub-picosecond pulses. Results from numerical simulation show that lasing threshold is 12.8 pJ/0.64 µJ cm-2 when pumped by sub-picosecond pulses of λ = 400 nm wavelength light.

  18. External-cavity tunable mid-infrared laser using off-band surface-emitting Bragg grating coupler

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    Zhang, H. L.; Peng, C.; Seetharaman, A.; Luo, G. P.; Le, Han Q.; Gmachl, C.; Sivco, D. L.; Cho, A. Y.

    2005-03-01

    An external-cavity laser using an integrated two-segment design allows broad and continuous wavelength tuning with independent control of power and wavelength. The laser has a gain segment and a surface-emitting Bragg grating segment that was designed to be off-band for zero reflection inside the cavity, and with a strong free-space coupling to an external mirror to form a linear cavity. Wavelength control was achieved with a combination of coarse and broad wavelength tuning (140nm) with the external mirror, and continuous, fine wavelength tuning via current-induced phase shift in the Bragg grating. Separate controls of the two segments allowed wavelength fine tuning without power variation and vice versa. The concept was applied to a 7μm laser, and is applicable to other wavelength.

  19. Dual-wavelength vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser: strict growth control and scalable design

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    Jasik, Agata; Sokół, Adam Kamil; Broda, Artur; Sankowska, Iwona; Wójcik-Jedlińska, Anna; Wasiak, Michał; Kubacka-Traczyk, Justyna; Muszalski, Jan

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports on the design and fabrication of a dual-wavelength vertical external-cavity surface-emitting laser. Grown by molecular beam epitaxy, the laser structures have a relatively simple active region divided into two sections, between which there is no optical filter. Comparable threshold power was achieved for both wavelengths. The growth rate was controlled precisely by growing AlAs/GaAs superlattices with different period thicknesses and testing them with high-resolution X-ray diffractometry. The simultaneous emission of two wavelengths was detected in setup without a heat spreader, one of 991 nm and the other of 1038 nm. After diamond heat spreader was bonded, both wavelengths lased in continuous-wave mode with the combined output power of 1.79 W. The design scalability allowed us to obtain two further structures with layers thinned by about 3 % in the first and by about 6 % in the second, operating at 958/1011 and 928/977 nm, respectively.

  20. In-well pumped mid-infrared PbTe/CdTe quantum well vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Khiar, A.; Volobuev, V.; Witzan, M.; Hochreiner, A.; Eibelhuber, M.; Springholz, G.

    2014-06-01

    Optical in-well pumped mid-infrared vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers based on PbTe quantum wells embedded in CdTe barriers are realized. In contrast to the usual ternary barrier materials of lead salt lasers such as PbEuTe of PbSrTe, the combination of narrow-gap PbTe with wide-gap CdTe offers an extremely large carrier confinement, preventing charge carrier leakage from the quantum wells. In addition, optical in-well pumping can be achieved with cost effective and readily available near infrared lasers. Free carrier absorption, which is a strong loss mechanism in the mid-infrared, is strongly reduced due to the insulating property of CdTe. Lasing is observed from 85 K to 300 K covering a wavelength range of 3.3-4.2 μm. The best laser performance is achieved for quantum well thicknesses of 20 nm. At low temperature, the threshold power is around 100 mWP and the output power more than 700 mWP. The significance of various charge carrier loss mechanisms are analyzed by modeling the device performance. Although Auger losses are quite low in IV-VI semiconductors, an Auger coefficient of CA = 3.5 × 10-27 cm6 s-1 was estimated for the laser structure, which is attributed to the large conduction band offset.

  1. In-well pumped mid-infrared PbTe/CdTe quantum well vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Khiar, A. Witzan, M.; Hochreiner, A.; Eibelhuber, M.; Springholz, G.; Volobuev, V.

    2014-06-09

    Optical in-well pumped mid-infrared vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers based on PbTe quantum wells embedded in CdTe barriers are realized. In contrast to the usual ternary barrier materials of lead salt lasers such as PbEuTe of PbSrTe, the combination of narrow-gap PbTe with wide-gap CdTe offers an extremely large carrier confinement, preventing charge carrier leakage from the quantum wells. In addition, optical in-well pumping can be achieved with cost effective and readily available near infrared lasers. Free carrier absorption, which is a strong loss mechanism in the mid-infrared, is strongly reduced due to the insulating property of CdTe. Lasing is observed from 85 K to 300 K covering a wavelength range of 3.3–4.2 μm. The best laser performance is achieved for quantum well thicknesses of 20 nm. At low temperature, the threshold power is around 100 mW{sub P} and the output power more than 700 mW{sub P}. The significance of various charge carrier loss mechanisms are analyzed by modeling the device performance. Although Auger losses are quite low in IV–VI semiconductors, an Auger coefficient of C{sub A} = 3.5 × 10{sup −27} cm{sup 6} s{sup −1} was estimated for the laser structure, which is attributed to the large conduction band offset.

  2. Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Mercury Atoms Using an Optically-Pumped External-Cavity Semiconductor Laser

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    Paul, Justin; Lytle, Christian; Jones, R. Jason

    2011-05-01

    The level structure of the Hg atom is similar to other alkaline earth-like atoms, offering the possibility to realize an extremely high quality resonance factor (Q) on the ``clock'' transition (1S0- 3P0) when confined in an optical lattice at the Stark-shift free wavelength. A key feature of the Hg system is the reduced uncertainty due to black-body induced Stark shifts, making it an interesting candidate as an optical frequency standard. One challenge to laser-cooling neutral Hg atoms is finding a reliable source for cooling on the 1S0-3 P1 transition at 253.7 nm. We employ an optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSEL) operating at 1015 nm, whose frequency is quadrupled in two external-cavity doubling stages to generate over 120 mW at 253.7 nm. With this new laser source we have trapped Hg199 from a background vapor in a standard MOT. We trap up to 2 × 106 atoms with a 1/e2 radius of our MOT of ~310 microns, corresponding to a density of 1.28 × 1010 atoms/cm3. We report on the progress of our Hg system and plans for precision lattice-based spectroscopy of the clock transition. Support for this work is supported through the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through grant no. FA9550-09-1-0563.

  3. Optically pumped GaN vertical cavity surface emitting laser with high index-contrast nanoporous distributed Bragg reflector.

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    Lee, Seung-Min; Gong, Su-Hyun; Kang, Jin-Ho; Ebaid, Mohamed; Ryu, Sang-Wan; Cho, Yong-Hoon

    2015-05-01

    Laser operation of a GaN vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) is demonstrated under optical pumping with a nanoporous distributed Bragg reflector (DBR). High reflectivity, approaching 100%, is obtained due to the high index-contrast of the nanoporous DBR. The VCSEL system exhibits low threshold power density due to the formation of high Q-factor cavity, which shows the potential of nanoporous medium for optical devices. PMID:25969197

  4. Doppler-free spectroscopy of mercury at 253.7 nm using a high-power, frequency-quadrupled, optically pumped external-cavity semiconductor laser.

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    Paul, Justin; Kaneda, Yushi; Wang, Tsuei-Lian; Lytle, Christian; Moloney, Jerome V; Jones, R Jason

    2011-01-01

    We have developed a stable, high-power, single-frequency optically pumped external-cavity semiconductor laser system and generate up to 125 mW of power at 253.7 nm using successive frequency doubling stages. We demonstrate precision scanning and control of the laser frequency in the UV to be used for cooling and trapping of mercury atoms. With active frequency stabilization, a linewidth of <60 kHz is measured in the IR. Doppler-free spectroscopy and stabilization to the 6(1)S(0)-6(3)P(1) mercury transition at 253.7 nm is demonstrated. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of Doppler-free spectroscopy in the deep UV based on a frequency-quadrupled, high-power (>1 W) optically pumped semiconductor laser system. The results demonstrate the utility of these devices for precision spectroscopy at deep-UV wavelengths. PMID:21209687

  5. Type-II vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser with Watt level output powers at 1.2 μm

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    Möller, C.; Fuchs, C.; Berger, C.; Ruiz Perez, A.; Koch, M.; Hader, J.; Moloney, J. V.; Koch, S. W.; Stolz, W.

    2016-02-01

    Semiconductor laser characteristics based on type-II band-aligned quantum well heterostructures for the emission at 1.2 μm are presented. Ten "W"-quantum wells consisting of GaAs/(GaIn)As/Ga(AsSb)/(GaIn)As/GaAs are arranged as resonant periodic gain in a vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser. Its structure is analyzed by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and reflectance measurements. The laser's power curves and spectra are investigated. Output powers at Watt level are achieved, with a maximum output power of 4 W. It is confirmed that laser operation only involves the type-II transition. A blue shift of the material gain is observed while the modal gain exhibits a red shift.

  6. Intensity- and phase-noise correlations in a dual-frequency vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser operating at telecom wavelength

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    De, Syamsundar; Baili, Ghaya; Bouchoule, Sophie; Alouini, Mehdi; Bretenaker, Fabien

    2015-05-01

    The amplitude and phase noises of a dual-frequency vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (DF-VECSEL) operating at telecom wavelength are theoretically and experimentally investigated in detail. In particular, the spectral behavior of the correlation between the intensity noises of the two modes of the DF-VECSEL is measured. Moreover, the correlation between the phase noise of the radio-frequency beat note generated by optical mixing of the two laser modes with the intensity noises of the two modes is investigated. All these spectral behaviors of noise correlations are analyzed for two different values of the nonlinear coupling between the laser modes. We find that to describe the spectral behavior of noise correlations between the laser modes, it is of utmost importance to have precise knowledge about the spectral behavior of the pump noise, which is the dominant source of noise in the frequency range of interest (10 kHz to 35 MHz). Moreover, it is found that the noise correlation also depends on how the spatially separated laser modes of the DF-VECSEL intercept the noise from a multimode fiber-coupled laser diode used for pumping both the laser modes. To this aim, a specific experiment is reported which aims at measuring the correlations between different spatial regions of the pump beam. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with a theoretical model based on modified rate equations.

  7. Vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting 625-nm laser upon optical pumping of an InGaP/AlGaInP nanostructure with a Bragg mirror

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    Kozlovskii, Vladimir I; Lavrushin, B M; Skasyrsky, Yan K; Tiberi, M D

    2009-08-31

    Pulsed lasing is obtained in a multilayer quantum-well InGaP/AlGaInP structure in a cavity with an external mirror and a Bragg AlAs/AlGaAs mirror pumped by the 532-nm second harmonic from a diode-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Lasing is obtained at the TEM{sub 00} fundamental transverse mode of the cavity at a wavelength of 625 nm. The pulse beam power was 3.1 W and the radiation divergence achieved a diffraction limit of 10-12 mrad for 5-ns pulses with a repetition rate of 6 kHz. (lasers)

  8. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao Curwen, Christopher A.; Williams, Benjamin S.; Hon, Philip W. C.; Itoh, Tatsuo; Chen, Qi-Sheng

    2015-11-30

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  9. Metasurface external cavity laser

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    Xu, Luyao; Curwen, Christopher A.; Hon, Philip W. C.; Chen, Qi-Sheng; Itoh, Tatsuo; Williams, Benjamin S.

    2015-11-01

    A vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser is demonstrated in the terahertz range, which is based upon an amplifying metasurface reflector composed of a sub-wavelength array of antenna-coupled quantum-cascade sub-cavities. Lasing is possible when the metasurface reflector is placed into a low-loss external cavity such that the external cavity—not the sub-cavities—determines the beam properties. A near-Gaussian beam of 4.3° × 5.1° divergence is observed and an output power level >5 mW is achieved. The polarized response of the metasurface allows the use of a wire-grid polarizer as an output coupler that is continuously tunable.

  10. Single-photon emission at a rate of 143 MHz from a deterministic quantum-dot microlens triggered by a mode-locked vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Schlehahn, A.; Gaafar, M.; Vaupel, M.; Gschrey, M.; Schnauber, P.; Schulze, J.-H.; Rodt, S.; Strittmatter, A.; Stolz, W.; Rahimi-Iman, A.; Heindel, T.; Koch, M.; Reitzenstein, S.

    2015-07-01

    We report on the realization of a quantum dot (QD) based single-photon source with a record-high single-photon emission rate. The quantum light source consists of an InGaAs QD which is deterministically integrated within a monolithic microlens with a distributed Bragg reflector as back-side mirror, which is triggered using the frequency-doubled emission of a mode-locked vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (ML-VECSEL). The utilized compact and stable laser system allows us to excite the single-QD microlens at a wavelength of 508 nm with a pulse repetition rate close to 500 MHz at a pulse width of 4.2 ps. Probing the photon statistics of the emission from a single QD state at saturation, we demonstrate single-photon emission of the QD-microlens chip with g(2)(0) < 0.03 at a record-high single-photon flux of (143 ± 16) MHz collected by the first lens of the detection system. Our approach is fully compatible with resonant excitation schemes using wavelength tunable ML-VECSELs, which will optimize the quantum optical properties of the single-photon emission in terms of photon indistinguishability.

  11. 2.5 W continuous wave output at 665 nm from a multipass and quantum-well-pumped AlGaInP vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser.

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    Mateo, Cherry May N; Brauch, Uwe; Kahle, Hermann; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Abdou Ahmed, Marwan; Michler, Peter; Graf, Thomas

    2016-03-15

    An output power of 2.5 W at a wavelength of 665 nm was obtained from a quantum-well (QW) and multipass-pumped AlGaInP-based vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser operated at a heat sink temperature of 10°C. Intracavity frequency doubling resulted in an output power of 820 mW at a wavelength of 333 nm. To the best of our knowledge, these are the highest continuous wave output powers from this type of laser both at the fundamental wavelength and in frequency-doubled operation. In fundamental wavelength operation, further power scaling by increasing the pump-spot size increased the output power to 3.3 W. However, at this power level, the laser was highly unstable. When the laser was operated at 50% pump duty cycle, a reproducible and stable peak output power of 3.6 W was obtained. These results demonstrate the potential of optical QW pumping combined with multipass pumping for the operation of AlGaInP-based semiconductor disk lasers. PMID:26977680

  12. Single-photon emission at a rate of 143 MHz from a deterministic quantum-dot microlens triggered by a mode-locked vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Schlehahn, A.; Gschrey, M.; Schnauber, P.; Schulze, J.-H.; Rodt, S.; Strittmatter, A.; Heindel, T. Reitzenstein, S.; Gaafar, M.; Vaupel, M.; Stolz, W.; Rahimi-Iman, A.; Koch, M.

    2015-07-27

    We report on the realization of a quantum dot (QD) based single-photon source with a record-high single-photon emission rate. The quantum light source consists of an InGaAs QD which is deterministically integrated within a monolithic microlens with a distributed Bragg reflector as back-side mirror, which is triggered using the frequency-doubled emission of a mode-locked vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (ML-VECSEL). The utilized compact and stable laser system allows us to excite the single-QD microlens at a wavelength of 508 nm with a pulse repetition rate close to 500 MHz at a pulse width of 4.2 ps. Probing the photon statistics of the emission from a single QD state at saturation, we demonstrate single-photon emission of the QD-microlens chip with g{sup (2)}(0) < 0.03 at a record-high single-photon flux of (143 ± 16) MHz collected by the first lens of the detection system. Our approach is fully compatible with resonant excitation schemes using wavelength tunable ML-VECSELs, which will optimize the quantum optical properties of the single-photon emission in terms of photon indistinguishability.

  13. Degradation studies and pump optimization of optically pumped red-emitting AlGaInP-VECSELs

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    Kahle, Hermann; Mateo, Cherry M. N.; Jäger, Maren; Weinspach, Karoline; Baumgärtner, Stefan; Brauch, Uwe; Bek, Roman; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Graf, Thomas; Michler, Peter

    2015-03-01

    Optically pumped semiconductor (OPS) vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs) are an important category of power scalable lasers with a wide range of applications in biophotonics, medicine technologies, spectroscopy, projector technologies and lithography. The open laser resonator allows to implement frequency selective and converting intra-cavity elements. The possibility of bandgap engineering, laser emission in the fundamental Gaussian mode and the technical simplicity leads to ongoing growth of the area of applications for these tunable laser sources. We present degradation studies of metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) grown, optically pumped, red-emitting AlGaInP-VECSELs with quantum wells (QWs) as active layers. Laser performance in continuous operation, pumped with a 532nm Nd:YAG laser and recorded over several hours, will be shown. Surface investigations of the gain structure via large-area photoluminescence maps show the possible consequences of optical pumping. A comparison of barrier-pumped performance data with the data of an in-well pumped VECSEL device is shown.

  14. Ultrafast pulse amplification in mode-locked vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Böttge, C. N. Hader, J.; Kilen, I.; Moloney, J. V.; Koch, S. W.

    2014-12-29

    A fully microscopic many-body Maxwell–semiconductor Bloch model is used to investigate the influence of the non-equilibrium carrier dynamics on the short-pulse amplification in mode-locked semiconductor microlaser systems. The numerical solution of the coupled equations allows for a self-consistent investigation of the light–matter coupling dynamics, the carrier kinetics in the saturable absorber and the multiple-quantum-well gain medium, as well as the modification of the light field through the pulse-induced optical polarization. The influence of the pulse-induced non-equilibrium modifications of the carrier distributions in the gain medium and the saturable absorber on the single-pulse amplification in the laser cavity is identified. It is shown that for the same structure, quantum wells, and gain bandwidth the non-equilibrium carrier dynamics lead to two preferred operation regimes: one with pulses in the (sub-)100 fs-regime and one with multi-picosecond pulses. The recovery time of the saturable absorber determines in which regime the device operates.

  15. Enhanced terahertz source based on external cavity difference-frequency generation using monolithic single-frequency pulsed fiber lasers.

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    Petersen, Eliot B; Shi, Wei; Nguyen, Dan T; Yao, Zhidong; Zong, Jie; Chavez-Pirson, Arturo; Peyghambarian, N

    2010-07-01

    We demonstrate a resonant external cavity approach to enhance narrowband terahertz radiation through difference-frequency generation for the first time (to our knowledge). Two nanosecond laser pulses resonant in an optical cavity interact with a nonlinear crystal to produce a factor of 7 enhancement of terahertz power compared to a single-pass orientation. This external enhancement approach shows promise to significantly increase both terahertz power and conversion efficiency through optical pump pulse enhancement and effective recycling. PMID:20596183

  16. Broadband External-Cavity Diode Laser

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey S.

    2005-01-01

    A broadband external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) has been invented for use in spectroscopic surveys preparatory to optical detection of gases. Heretofore, commercially available ECDLs have been designed, in conjunction with sophisticated tuning assemblies, for narrow- band (and, typically, single-frequency) operation, as needed for high sensitivity and high spectral resolution in some gas-detection applications. However, for preparatory spectroscopic surveys, high sensitivity and narrow-band operation are not needed; in such cases, the present broadband ECDL offers a simpler, less-expensive, more-compact alternative to a commercial narrowband ECDL.

  17. Plasmonic external cavity laser refractometric sensor

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    Zhang, Meng; Lu, Meng; Ge, Chun; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2014-01-01

    Combining the high sensitivity properties of surface plasmon resonance refractive index sensing with a tunable external cavity laser, we demonstrate a plasmonic external cavity laser (ECL) for high resolution refractometric sensing. The plasmonic ECL utilizes a plasmonic crystal with extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) as the wavelength-selective element, and achieves single mode lasing at the transmission peak of the EOT resonance. The plasmonic ECL refractometric sensor maintains the high sensitivity of a plasmonic crystal sensor, while simultaneously providing a narrow spectral linewidth through lasing emission, resulting in a record high figure of merit for refractometric sensing with an active or passive optical resonator. We demonstrate single-mode and continuous-wave operation of the electrically-pumped laser system, and show the ability to measure refractive index changes with a 3σ detection limit of 1.79 × 10−6 RIU. The demonstrated approach is a promising path towards label-free optical biosensing with enhanced signal-to-noise ratios for challenging applications in small molecule drug discovery and pathogen sensing. PMID:25321243

  18. Ultralow noise miniature external cavity semiconductor laser

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    Liang, W.; Ilchenko, V. S.; Eliyahu, D.; Savchenkov, A. A.; Matsko, A. B.; Seidel, D.; Maleki, L.

    2015-01-01

    Advanced applications in optical metrology demand improved lasers with high spectral purity, in form factors that are small and insensitive to environmental perturbations. While laboratory-scale lasers with extraordinarily high stability and low noise have been reported, all-integrated chip-scale devices with sub-100 Hz linewidth have not been previously demonstrated. Lasers integrated with optical microresonators as external cavities have the potential for substantial reduction of noise. However, stability and spectral purity improvements of these lasers have only been validated with rack-mounted support equipment, assembled with fibre lasers to marginally improve their noise performance. In this work we report on a realization of a heterogeneously integrated, chip-scale semiconductor laser featuring 30-Hz integral linewidth as well as sub-Hz instantaneous linewidth. PMID:26104321

  19. Ultralow noise miniature external cavity semiconductor laser.

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    Liang, W; Ilchenko, V S; Eliyahu, D; Savchenkov, A A; Matsko, A B; Seidel, D; Maleki, L

    2015-01-01

    Advanced applications in optical metrology demand improved lasers with high spectral purity, in form factors that are small and insensitive to environmental perturbations. While laboratory-scale lasers with extraordinarily high stability and low noise have been reported, all-integrated chip-scale devices with sub-100 Hz linewidth have not been previously demonstrated. Lasers integrated with optical microresonators as external cavities have the potential for substantial reduction of noise. However, stability and spectral purity improvements of these lasers have only been validated with rack-mounted support equipment, assembled with fibre lasers to marginally improve their noise performance. In this work we report on a realization of a heterogeneously integrated, chip-scale semiconductor laser featuring 30-Hz integral linewidth as well as sub-Hz instantaneous linewidth. PMID:26104321

  20. Ultralow noise miniature external cavity semiconductor laser

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    Liang, W.; Ilchenko, V. S.; Eliyahu, D.; Savchenkov, A. A.; Matsko, A. B.; Seidel, D.; Maleki, L.

    2015-06-01

    Advanced applications in optical metrology demand improved lasers with high spectral purity, in form factors that are small and insensitive to environmental perturbations. While laboratory-scale lasers with extraordinarily high stability and low noise have been reported, all-integrated chip-scale devices with sub-100 Hz linewidth have not been previously demonstrated. Lasers integrated with optical microresonators as external cavities have the potential for substantial reduction of noise. However, stability and spectral purity improvements of these lasers have only been validated with rack-mounted support equipment, assembled with fibre lasers to marginally improve their noise performance. In this work we report on a realization of a heterogeneously integrated, chip-scale semiconductor laser featuring 30-Hz integral linewidth as well as sub-Hz instantaneous linewidth.

  1. Coupled External Cavity Photonic Crystal Enhanced Fluorescence

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    Pokhriyal, Anusha; Lu, Meng; Ge, Chun; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2016-01-01

    We report a fundamentally new approach to enhance fluorescence in which surface adsorbed fluorophore-tagged biomolecules are excited on a photonic crystal surface that functions as a narrow bandwidth and tunable mirror of an external cavity laser. This scheme leads to ~10× increase in the electromagnetic enhancement factor compared to ordinary photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence. In our experiments, the cavity automatically tunes its lasing wavelength to the resonance wavelength of the photonic crystal, ensuring optimal on-resonance coupling even in the presence of variable device parameters and variations in the density of surface-adsorbed capture molecules. We achieve ~105× improvement in the limit of detection of a fluorophore-tagged protein compared to its detection on an unpatterned glass substrate. The enhanced fluorescence signal and easy optical alignment make cavity-coupled photonic crystals a viable approach for further reducing detection limits of optically-excited light emitters that are used in biological assays. PMID:23129575

  2. TOPICAL REVIEW: External cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Hugi, Andreas; Maulini, Richard; Faist, Jérôme

    2010-08-01

    In this paper we review the progress of the development of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) operated in an external cavity configuration. We concentrate on QCLs based on the bound-to-continuum design, since this design is especially suitable for broadband applications. Since they were first demonstrated, these laser-based tunable sources have improved in performance in terms of output power, duty cycle, operation temperature and tuneability. Nowadays they are an interesting alternative to FTIRs for some applications. They operate at room temperature, feature a high spectral resolution while being small in size. They were successfully used in different absorption spectroscopy techniques. Due to their vast potential for applications in industry, medicine, security and research, these sources enjoy increasing interest within the research community as well as in industry.

  3. Gain chip design, power scaling and intra-cavity frequency doubling with LBO of optically pumped red-emitting AlGaInP-VECSELs

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    Kahle, Hermann; Mateo, Cherry M. N.; Brauch, Uwe; Bek, Roman; Schwarzbäck, Thomas; Jetter, Michael; Graf, Thomas; Michler, Peter

    2016-03-01

    The wide range of applications in biophotonics, television or projectors, spectroscopy and lithography made the optically-pumped semiconductor (OPS) vertical external cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs) an important category of power scalable lasers. The possibility of bandgap engineering, inserting frequency selective and converting elements into the open laser cavity and laser emission in the fundamental Gaussian mode leads to ongoing growth of the area of applications for tuneable laser sources. We present an AlGaInP-VECSEL system with a multi quantum well structure consisting of compressively strained GaInP quantum wells in an AlxGa1-xInP separate confinement heterostructure with an emission wavelength around 665 nm. The VECSEL chip with its n-λ cavity is pumped by a 532nm Nd:YAG laser under an angle to the normal incidence of 50°. In comparison, a gain chip design for high absorption values at pump wavelengths around 640nm with the use of quantum dot layers as active material is also presented. Frequency doubling is now realized with an antireflection coated lithium borate crystal, while a birefringent filter, placed inside the laser cavity under Brewster's angle, is used for frequency tuning. Further, power-scaling methods like in-well pumping as well as embedding the active region of a VECSEL between two transparent ic heaspreaders are under investigation.

  4. Discrete Wavelength-Locked External Cavity Laser

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey S.; Silver, Joel A.

    2004-01-01

    A prototype improved external cavity laser (ECL) was demonstrated in the second phase of a continuing effort to develop wavelength-agile lasers for fiber-optic communications and trace-gas-sensing applications. This laser is designed to offer next-generation performance for incorporation into fiber-optic networks. By eliminating several optical components and simplifying others used in prior designs, the design of this laser reduces costs, making lasers of this type very competitive in a price-sensitive market. Diode lasers have become enabling devices for fiber optic networks because of their cost, compactness, and spectral properties. ECLs built around diode laser gain elements further enhance capabilities by virtue of their excellent spectral properties with significantly increased (relative to prior lasers) wavelength tuning ranges. It is essential to exploit the increased spectral coverage of ECLs while simultaneously insuring that they operate only at precisely defined communication channels (wavelengths). Heretofore, this requirement has typically been satisfied through incorporation of add-in optical components that lock the ECL output wavelengths to these specific channels. Such add-in components contribute substantially to the costs of ECL lasers to be used as sources for optical communication networks. Furthermore, the optical alignment of these components, needed to attain the required wavelength precision, is a non-trivial task and can contribute substantially to production costs. The design of the present improved ECL differs significantly from the designs of prior ECLs. The present design relies on inherent features of components already included within an ECL, with slight modifications so that these components perform their normal functions while simultaneously effecting locking to the required discrete wavelengths. Hence, add-in optical components and the associated cost of alignment can be eliminated. The figure shows the locking feedback signal

  5. Flattop mode shaping of a vertical cavity surface emitting laser using an external-cavity aspheric mirror.

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    Yang, Zhaohui; Leger, James

    2004-11-01

    Both square-shaped and circular-shaped flattop modes were experimentally demonstrated in extended-cavity broad-area VCSELs using aspheric feedback mirrors. These refractive aspheric mirrors were fabricated by electron-beam lithography on curved substrates. Excellent single-mode operation and improved power extraction efficiency were observed. The three-mirror structure of the VCSEL and the state-of-the-art fabrication of the aspheric mirror contribute to the superior VCSEL performance. The modal loss analysis using a rigid three-mirror-cavity simulation method is discussed. PMID:19484117

  6. Optical pumping in semiconductors

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    Hermann, C.; Lampel, G.; Safarov, V. I.

    Optical Pumping in Semiconductors (OPS) arises from the transfer of angular momentum from light to the localized states of a semiconductor. Spin polarized electrons are thus excited in the conduction band; their polarization is convenient measured through the circular polarization of photoluminescence. This review gives an insight of the various studies based on OPS. After describing the first OPS experiment, we show that this technique allows the determination of band structure properties, and the optical detection of conduction electron spin resonance. The nuclei are polarized by hyperfine interaction, which permits the optical detection of nuclear resonance. A magnetic field transverse to the direction of light propagation produces an electronic depolarization analogous to the Hanle effect. The electron lifetime and spin relaxation time are measured under steady-state conditions by comparison to their Larmor frequency in this transverse field. By activation to Negative Electron Affinity of a GaAs surface, electrons oriented by OPS can be photoemitted into vacuum, leading to a highly spin-polarized beam : we describe a collision experiment in which such a beam transfers angular momentum to atoms. Le Pompage Optique dans les semiconducteurs (POS) provient du transfert de moment angulaire de la lumière vers les états délocalisés d'un semiconducteur. On excite ainsi dans la bande de conduction des électrons polarisés de spin, dont on mesure commodément la polarisation à partir de la polarisation circulaire de la photoluminescence. Cet article de revue présente un aperçu des différentes études fondées sur le POS. Après avoir décrit la première expérience de POS, nous montrons que par cette technique on peut déterminer des propriétés liées à la structure de bande, et détecter optiquement la résonance de spin des électrons de conduction. Les noyaux sont polarisés grâce au couplage hyperfin qui permet également la détection optique de la r

  7. Active Wavelength Control of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Tsai, Tracy; Wysocki, Gerard

    2012-01-01

    We present an active wavelength control system for grating-based external cavity lasers that increases the accuracy of predicting the lasing wavelength based on the grating equation and significantly improves scan-to-scan wavelength/frequency repeatability. The ultimate 3σ precision of a frequency scan is determined by the scan-to-scan repeatability of 0.042 cm−1. Since this control method can be applied to any external cavity laser with little to no modification, such a precision provides an excellent opportunity for spectroscopic applications that target molecular absorption lines at standard atmospheric conditions. PMID:23483850

  8. Optical pumping and xenon NMR

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    Raftery, M.D.

    1991-11-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of xenon has become an important tool for investigating a wide variety of materials, especially those with high surface area. The sensitivity of its chemical shift to environment, and its chemical inertness and adsorption properties make xenon a particularly useful NMR probe. This work discusses the application of optical pumping to enhance the sensitivity of xenon NMR experiments, thereby allowing them to be used in the study of systems with lower surface area. A novel method of optically-pumping [sup 129]Xe in low magnetic field below an NMR spectrometer and subsequent transfer of the gas to high magnetic field is described. NMR studies of the highly polarized gas adsorbed onto powdered samples with low to moderate surface areas are now possible. For instance, NMR studies of optically-pumped xenon adsorbed onto polyacrylic acid show that xenon has a large interaction with the surface. By modeling the low temperature data in terms of a sticking probability and the gas phase xenon-xenon interaction, the diffusion coefficient for xenon at the surface of the polymer is determined. The sensitivity enhancement afforded by optical pumping also allows the NMR observation of xenon thin films frozen onto the inner surfaces of different sample cells. The geometry of the thin films results in interesting line shapes that are due to the bulk magnetic susceptibility of xenon. Experiments are also described that combine optical pumping with optical detection for high sensitivity in low magnetic field to observe the quadrupoler evolution of 131 Xe spins at the surface of the pumping cells. In cells with macroscopic asymmetry, a residual quadrupolar interaction causes a splitting in the [sup 131]Xe NMR frequencies in bare Pyrex glass cells and cells with added hydrogen.

  9. Optical pumping and xenon NMR

    SciTech Connect

    Raftery, M.D.

    1991-11-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of xenon has become an important tool for investigating a wide variety of materials, especially those with high surface area. The sensitivity of its chemical shift to environment, and its chemical inertness and adsorption properties make xenon a particularly useful NMR probe. This work discusses the application of optical pumping to enhance the sensitivity of xenon NMR experiments, thereby allowing them to be used in the study of systems with lower surface area. A novel method of optically-pumping {sup 129}Xe in low magnetic field below an NMR spectrometer and subsequent transfer of the gas to high magnetic field is described. NMR studies of the highly polarized gas adsorbed onto powdered samples with low to moderate surface areas are now possible. For instance, NMR studies of optically-pumped xenon adsorbed onto polyacrylic acid show that xenon has a large interaction with the surface. By modeling the low temperature data in terms of a sticking probability and the gas phase xenon-xenon interaction, the diffusion coefficient for xenon at the surface of the polymer is determined. The sensitivity enhancement afforded by optical pumping also allows the NMR observation of xenon thin films frozen onto the inner surfaces of different sample cells. The geometry of the thin films results in interesting line shapes that are due to the bulk magnetic susceptibility of xenon. Experiments are also described that combine optical pumping with optical detection for high sensitivity in low magnetic field to observe the quadrupoler evolution of 131 Xe spins at the surface of the pumping cells. In cells with macroscopic asymmetry, a residual quadrupolar interaction causes a splitting in the {sup 131}Xe NMR frequencies in bare Pyrex glass cells and cells with added hydrogen.

  10. Wavelength-Agile External-Cavity Diode Laser for DWDM

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey S.; Bomse, David S.

    2006-01-01

    A prototype external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) has been developed for communication systems utilizing dense wavelength- division multiplexing (DWDM). This ECDL is an updated version of the ECDL reported in Wavelength-Agile External- Cavity Diode Laser (LEW-17090), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 25, No. 11 (November 2001), page 14a. To recapitulate: The wavelength-agile ECDL combines the stability of an external-cavity laser with the wavelength agility of a diode laser. Wavelength is modulated by modulating the injection current of the diode-laser gain element. The external cavity is a Littman-Metcalf resonator, in which the zeroth-order output from a diffraction grating is used as the laser output and the first-order-diffracted light is retro-reflected by a cavity feedback mirror, which establishes one end of the resonator. The other end of the resonator is the output surface of a Fabry-Perot resonator that constitutes the diode-laser gain element. Wavelength is selected by choosing the angle of the diffracted return beam, as determined by position of the feedback mirror. The present wavelength-agile ECDL is distinguished by design details that enable coverage of all 60 channels, separated by 100-GHz frequency intervals, that are specified in DWDM standards.

  11. Pulsed optically pumped frequency standard

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    Godone, Aldo; Micalizio, Salvatore; Levi, Filippo

    2004-08-01

    We reconsider the idea of a pulsed optically pumped frequency standard conceived in the early 1960s to eliminate the light-shift effect. The development of semiconductor lasers and of pulsed electronic techniques for atomic fountains and new theoretical findings allow an implementation of this idea which may lead to a frequency standard whose frequency stability is limited only by the thermal noise in the short term and by the temperature drift in the long term. We shall also show both theoretically and experimentally the possibility of doubling the atomic quality factor with respect to the classical Ramsey technique approach.

  12. Pulsed Optically Pumped Rb clock

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    Micalizio, S.; Levi, F.; Godone, A.; Calosso, C. E.; François, B.; Boudot, R.; Affolderbach, C.; Kang, S.; Gharavipour, M.; Gruet, F.; Mileti, G.

    2016-06-01

    INRIM demonstrated a Rb vapour cell clock based on pulsed optical pumping (POP) with unprecedented frequency stability performances, both in the short and in the medium-long term period. In the frame of a EMRP project, we are developing a new clock based on the same POP principle but adopting solutions aimed at reducing the noise sources affecting the INRIM clock. At the same time, concerning possible technological applications, particular care are devoted in the project to reduce the size and the weight of the clock, still keeping the excellent stability of the INRIM clock. The paper resumes the main results of this activity.

  13. Vertical cavity surface emitting laser emitting at 1.56 microns with AlGaAsSb/AlAsSb distributed Bragg reflectors

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    Blum, O.; Klem, J.F.; Lear, K.L.; Vawter, G.A.; Kurtz, S.R.

    1998-07-01

    The authors report 77K operation of an optically pumped vertical cavity surface emitting laser with an Sb-based cavity. The structure consists of 15 and 20 pair AlGaAsSb/AlAsSb top and bottom reflectors and a bulk InGaAs active region.

  14. Optically pumped isotopic ammonia laser system

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    Buchwald, Melvin I.; Jones, Claude R.; Nelson, Leonard Y.

    1982-01-01

    An optically pumped isotopic ammonia laser system which is capable of producing a plurality of frequencies in the middle infrared spectral region. Two optical pumping mechanisms are disclosed, i.e., pumping on R(J) and lasing on P(J) in response to enhancement of rotational cascade lasing including stimulated Raman effects, and, pumping on R(J) and lasing on P(J+2). The disclosed apparatus for optical pumping include a hole coupled cavity and a grating coupled cavity.

  15. Surface-emitting red, green, and blue colloidal quantum dot distributed feedback lasers.

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    Roh, Kwangdong; Dang, Cuong; Lee, Joonhee; Chen, Songtao; Steckel, Jonathan S; Coe-Sullivan, Seth; Nurmikko, Arto

    2014-07-28

    We demonstrate surface emitting distributed feedback (DFB) lasers across the red, green, and blue from densely packed colloidal quantum dot (CQD) films. The solid CQD films were deposited on periodic grating patterns to enable 2nd-order DFB lasing action at mere 120, 280, and 330 μJ/cm2 of optical pumping energy densities for red, green, and blue DFB lasers, respectively. The lasers operated in single mode operation with less than 1 nm of full-width-half-maximum. We measured far-field patterns showing high degree of spatial beam coherence. Specifically, by taking advantage of single exciton optical gain regime from our engineered CQDs, we can significantly suppress the Auger recombination to reduce lasing threshold and achieve quasi-steady state, optically pumped operation. PMID:25089497

  16. Array mode selection utilizing an external cavity configuration

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    Yaeli, J.; Streifer, W.; Scifres, D.R.; Cross, P.S.; Thornton, R.L.; Burnham, R.D.

    1985-07-15

    We report operation of a ten-stripe, gain-guided, phase-locked diode laser in an external cavity configuration. The laser radiates in a single narrow (1/sup 0/) lobe. Such lasers generally lase in the highest order array mode, L = 10, which radiates in a twin-lobe far-field pattern. With one antireflection-coated facet and a slit spatial filter, the laser has been operated in the L = 1, 2, 3 or 10 array modes. A theoretical explanation of the spatial filter function is included.

  17. External cavity diode laser with very-low frequency drift

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    Takamizawa, Akifumi; Yanagimachi, Shinya; Ikegami, Takeshi

    2016-03-01

    An external cavity diode laser with significant mechanical robustness was installed in a housing that was sealed from outside for eliminating variations in the refractive index of air. Using the feedback signal for a frequency lock, it was found that the variation in the laser frequency under free running was suppressed to 275 MHz over one month and depended on the room temperature. Moreover, the upper limit of the linear frequency drift rate was evaluated as intrinsically 40 Hz/s. The frequency lock is expected to be sustainable for more than 110 days with temperature-controlled housing.

  18. An external cavity diode laser using a volume holographic grating

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    Chuang, Ho-Chiao; Chang, Chang-Ray; Chen, Chun-Chia; Chang, Ming-Shien

    2012-10-01

    This study presents an external cavity diode laser (ECDL) system, utilizing a volume holographic grating (VHG) and a microfabricated silicon flexure as the VHG holder. The laser design is aimed for easy assembly, controllability, and better stability of the laser cavity. The laser frequency was stabilized to a D2 transition of rubidium at 780.247 nm, with a mode-hop-free tuning range of 16 GHz and 9.6 GHz with and without feed-forward on the diode injection current. The measured linewidth was 850 kHz in 500 s, qualified for laser cooling experiments.

  19. Efficient, narrow-linewidth distributed-Bragg-reflector surface-emitting laser with periodic gain

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    Corzine, S.W.; Geels, R.S.; Yan, R.H.; Scott, J.W.; Colden, L.A.

    1989-03-01

    Efficient, narrow-line emission from a novel vertical-cavity distributed Bragg reflector surface emitting laser (DBR-SEL) with gain segments periodically placed on standing-wave maxima was obtained. Clean single-longitudinal-mode spectra with <2A line widths, sharp output/input characteristics, and thresholds below that of analogous all-GaAs active-region devices were obtained by optical pumping. Theoretical calculations indicate the optimum number of quantum wells and mirror reflectives for best threshold and efficiency.

  20. Fast wavelength tuning techniques for external cavity lasers

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    Wysocki, Gerard; Tittel, Frank K.

    2011-01-11

    An apparatus comprising a laser source configured to emit a light beam along a first path, an optical beam steering component configured to steer the light beam from the first path to a second path at an angle to the first path, and a diffraction grating configured to reflect back at least a portion of the light beam along the second path, wherein the angle determines an external cavity length. Included is an apparatus comprising a laser source configured to emit a light beam along a first path, a beam steering component configured to redirect the light beam to a second path at an angle to the first path, wherein the optical beam steering component is configured to change the angle at a rate of at least about one Kilohertz, and a diffraction grating configured to reflect back at least a portion of the light beam along the second path.

  1. Resonator modes and mode dynamics for an external cavity-coupled laser array

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    Nair, Niketh; Bochove, Erik J.; Aceves, Alejandro B.; Zunoubi, Mohammad R.; Braiman, Yehuda

    2015-03-01

    Employing a Fox-Li approach, we derived the cold-cavity mode structure and a coupled mode theory for a phased array of N single-transverse-mode active waveguides with feedback from an external cavity. We applied the analysis to a system with arbitrary laser lengths, external cavity design and coupling strengths to the external cavity. The entire system was treated as a single resonator. The effect of the external cavity was modeled by a set of boundary conditions expressed by an N-by-N frequency-dependent matrix relation between incident and reflected fields at the interface with the external cavity. The coupled mode theory can be adapted to various types of gain media and internal and external cavity designs.

  2. Long-Reach Transmission Characteristics of Tunable External Cavity Laser.

    PubMed

    Oh, Su Hwan; Yoon, Ki-Hong; Cho, Seung-Hyun; Seo, Jun-Kyu

    2015-10-01

    We report the transmission capability of a tunable external cavity laser (T-ECL) that utilizes a super-luminescent diode (SLD) and a polymer Bragg reflector (PBR) operating with a direct modulation of 2.5 Gb/s for a light source of a long-reach wavelength division multiplexed-passive optical net- work (WDM-PON). The T-ECL successfully operated at an ambient temperature of -20 °C to 70 °C when employing a cooled SLD. A tuning range of 12-nm is achieved with a tuning power of lower than 80 mW. A side mode suppression ratio of more than 35 dB was obtained for the whole tuning range. The linewidth of the lasing spectrum is less than 0.1 nm at 20 dB from the peak power. The transmission performance of the T-ECL, including an optical bandpass filter (OBPF), is better than that of the T-ECL excluding an OBPF for a long-reach transmission over 80 km of single mode fiber (SMF). The power penalty of the T-ECL is less than 1.4 dB when using an OBPF for an 80-km transmission. PMID:26726351

  3. Surface emitting lasers with combined output

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    Carlin, Donald B. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    Surface emitting lasers are laterally aligned and coupled together and also have their light output signals combined. This results in greater phase and frequency coherency and narrower and reduced amplitude sidelobes. Preferably, not more than two lasers are longitudinally aligned along the same axis for still greater coherency compared with adding the light output signals of more than two longitudinally aligned lasers. The lasers can be of the DH-LOC type or of the QW type.

  4. High Sensitivity Optically Pumped Quantum Magnetometer

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    Tiporlini, Valentina; Alameh, Kamal

    2013-01-01

    Quantum magnetometers based on optical pumping can achieve sensitivity as high as what SQUID-based devices can attain. In this paper, we discuss the principle of operation and the optimal design of an optically pumped quantum magnetometer. The ultimate intrinsic sensitivity is calculated showing that optimal performance of the magnetometer is attained with an optical pump power of 20 μW and an operation temperature of 48°C. Results show that the ultimate intrinsic sensitivity of the quantum magnetometer that can be achieved is 327 fT/Hz1/2 over a bandwidth of 26 Hz and that this sensitivity drops to 130 pT/Hz1/2 in the presence of environmental noise. The quantum magnetometer is shown to be capable of detecting a sinusoidal magnetic field of amplitude as low as 15 pT oscillating at 25 Hz. PMID:23766716

  5. External cavity diode laser based upon an FBG in an integrated optical fiber platform.

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    Lynch, Stephen G; Holmes, Christopher; Berry, Sam A; Gates, James C; Jantzen, Alexander; Ferreiro, Teresa I; Smith, Peter G R

    2016-04-18

    An external cavity diode laser is demonstrated using a Bragg grating written into a novel integrated optical fiber platform as the external cavity. The cavity is fabricated using flame-hydrolysis deposition to bond a photosensitive fiber to a silica-on-silicon wafer, and a grating written using direct UV-writing. The laser operates on a single mode at the acetylene P13 line (1532.83 nm) with 9 mW output power. The noise properties of the laser are characterized demonstrating low linewidth operation (< 14 kHz) and superior relative intensity noise characteristics when compared to a commercial tunable external cavity diode laser. PMID:27137276

  6. A compact chaotic laser device with a two-dimensional external cavity structure

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    Sunada, Satoshi Adachi, Masaaki; Fukushima, Takehiro; Shinohara, Susumu; Arai, Kenichi; Harayama, Takahisa

    2014-06-16

    We propose a compact chaotic laser device, which consists of a semiconductor laser and a two-dimensional (2D) external cavity for delayed optical feedback. The overall size of the device is within 230 μm × 1 mm. A long time delay sufficient for chaos generation can be achieved with the small area by the multiple reflections at the 2D cavity boundary, and the feedback strength is controlled by the injection current to the external cavity. We experimentally demonstrate that a variety of output properties, including chaotic output, can be selectively generated by controlling the injection current to the external cavity.

  7. Controlled switching of ultrafast circular polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Höpfner, Henning Lindemann, Markus; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2014-01-13

    We demonstrate a scheme for controlled switching of polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (spin-VCSEL). Under hybrid electrical and optical pumping conditions, our VCSEL devices show polarization oscillations with frequencies far above the VCSEL's electrical modulation bandwidth. Using multiple optical pulses, we are able to excite and amplify these polarization oscillations. When specific phase and amplitude conditions for the optical excitation pulses are met, destructive interference leads to switch-off of the polarization oscillation, enabling the generation of controlled short polarization bursts.

  8. Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers emitting near 1.5 {mu}m with Sb-based reflectors

    SciTech Connect

    Blum, O.; Klem, J.F.; Vawter, G.A.

    1998-04-01

    We describe use of AlAsSb/AlGaAsSb lattice matched to InP for distributed Bragg reflectors. These structures are integral to several surface normal devices, in particular vertical cavity surface emitting lasers. The high refractive index ratio of these materials allows formation of a highly reflective mirror with relatively few mirror pairs. As a result, we have been able to show for the first time the 77K CW operation of an optically pumped, monolithic, all-epitaxial vertical cavity laser, emitting at 1.56 {mu}m.

  9. Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers for communications

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    Rorison, J. M.

    2000-12-01

    Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) are a novel type of laser in which the lasing light is emitted from the surface of the device, perpendicular to the gain layer, rather than from the edge of the laser, parallel to the gain layer. These lasers show interesting behavior, particularly involving mode dynamics and polarization. They show promising characteristics for use in communications applications but their behavior needs to be further understood before they can reach their potential. This chapter attempts to review VCSELs generally and discuss their use in communications systems.

  10. Optical pumping in a microfabricated Rb vapor cell using a microfabricated Rb discharge light source

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    Venkatraman, V.; Kang, S.; Affolderbach, C.; Mileti, G.; Shea, H.

    2014-02-03

    Miniature (optical pumping of alkali atoms, such as atomic clocks and magnetometers, today mostly employ vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers as pump light sources. Here, we report on the demonstration of optical pumping in a microfabricated alkali vapor resonance cell using (1) a microfabricated Rb discharge lamp light source, as well as (2) a conventional glass-blown Rb discharge lamp. The microfabricated Rb lamp cell is a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) light source, having the same inner cell volume of around 40 mm{sup 3} as that of the resonance cell, both filled with suitable buffer gases. A miniature (∼2 cm{sup 3} volume) test setup based on the M{sub z} magnetometer interrogation technique was used for observation of optical-radiofrequency double-resonance signals, proving the suitability of the microfabricated discharge lamp to introduce efficient optical pumping. The pumping ability of this light source was found to be comparable to or even better than that of a conventional glass-blown lamp. The reported results indicate that the micro-fabricated DBD discharge lamp has a high potential for the development of a new class of miniature atomic clocks, magnetometers, and quantum sensors.

  11. Printed Large-Area Single-Mode Photonic Crystal Bandedge Surface-Emitting Lasers on Silicon.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Deyin; Liu, Shihchia; Yang, Hongjun; Ma, Zhenqiang; Reuterskiöld-Hedlund, Carl; Hammar, Mattias; Zhou, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    We report here an optically pumped hybrid III-V/Si photoic crystal surface emitting laser (PCSEL), consisting of a heterogeneously integrated III-V InGaAsP quantum well heterostructure gain medium, printed on a patterned defect-free Si photonic crystal (PC) bandedge cavity. Single mode lasing was achieved for a large area laser, with a side-mode suppression ratio of 28 dB, for lasing operation temperature ~ 200 K. Two types of lasers were demonstrated operating at different temperatures. Detailed modal analysis reveals the lasing mode matches with the estimated lasing gain threshold conditions. Our demonstration promises a hybrid laser sources on Si towards three-dimensional (3D) integrated Si photonics for on-chip wavelength-division multiplex (3D WDM) systems for a wide range of volume photonic/electronic applications in computing, communication, sensing, imaging, etc. PMID:26727551

  12. Printed Large-Area Single-Mode Photonic Crystal Bandedge Surface-Emitting Lasers on Silicon

    PubMed Central

    Zhao, Deyin; Liu, Shihchia; Yang, Hongjun; Ma, Zhenqiang; Reuterskiöld-Hedlund, Carl; Hammar, Mattias; Zhou, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    We report here an optically pumped hybrid III-V/Si photoic crystal surface emitting laser (PCSEL), consisting of a heterogeneously integrated III-V InGaAsP quantum well heterostructure gain medium, printed on a patterned defect-free Si photonic crystal (PC) bandedge cavity. Single mode lasing was achieved for a large area laser, with a side-mode suppression ratio of 28 dB, for lasing operation temperature ~200 K. Two types of lasers were demonstrated operating at different temperatures. Detailed modal analysis reveals the lasing mode matches with the estimated lasing gain threshold conditions. Our demonstration promises a hybrid laser sources on Si towards three-dimensional (3D) integrated Si photonics for on-chip wavelength-division multiplex (3D WDM) systems for a wide range of volume photonic/electronic applications in computing, communication, sensing, imaging, etc. PMID:26727551

  13. Printed Large-Area Single-Mode Photonic Crystal Bandedge Surface-Emitting Lasers on Silicon

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    Zhao, Deyin; Liu, Shihchia; Yang, Hongjun; Ma, Zhenqiang; Reuterskiöld-Hedlund, Carl; Hammar, Mattias; Zhou, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    We report here an optically pumped hybrid III-V/Si photoic crystal surface emitting laser (PCSEL), consisting of a heterogeneously integrated III-V InGaAsP quantum well heterostructure gain medium, printed on a patterned defect-free Si photonic crystal (PC) bandedge cavity. Single mode lasing was achieved for a large area laser, with a side-mode suppression ratio of 28 dB, for lasing operation temperature ~200 K. Two types of lasers were demonstrated operating at different temperatures. Detailed modal analysis reveals the lasing mode matches with the estimated lasing gain threshold conditions. Our demonstration promises a hybrid laser sources on Si towards three-dimensional (3D) integrated Si photonics for on-chip wavelength-division multiplex (3D WDM) systems for a wide range of volume photonic/electronic applications in computing, communication, sensing, imaging, etc.

  14. Hyperspectral microscopy using an external cavity quantum cascade laser and its applications for explosives detection

    SciTech Connect

    Phillips, Mark C.; Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2012-04-01

    A hyperspectral infrared microscope using external cavity quantum cascade laser illumination and a microbolometer focal plane array is used to characterize nanogram-scale particles of the explosives RDX, tetryl, and PETN at fast acquisition rates.

  15. Optimization of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser for Chemical Sensing Applications

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2010-03-01

    We describe and characterize an external cavity quantum cascade laser designed for detection of multiple airborne chemicals, and used with a compact astigmatic Herriott cell for sensing of acetone and hydrogen peroxide.

  16. Analysis of Trace Gas Mixtures Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Sensor

    SciTech Connect

    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Brumfield, Brian E.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2015-07-01

    We measure and analyze mixtures of trace gases at ppb-ppm levels using an external cavity quantum cascade laser sensor with a 1-second response time. Accurate spectral fits are obtained in the presence of overlapping spectra.

  17. Rapid Swept-Wavelength External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser for Open Path Sensing

    SciTech Connect

    Brumfield, Brian E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2015-07-01

    A rapidly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser system is used for open path sensing. The system permits acquisition of transient absorption spectra over a 125 cm-1 tuning range in less than 0.01 s.

  18. Long-term stabilization of single longitudinal mode in external cavity semiconductor lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang Hanyi; Zhou Jianying; Wu Yuanxing; Li Jian; Pang Zhengwu; Zhou Bingkun

    1988-05-01

    Long-term frequency stabilization of a single longitudinal mode (SLM) external cavity semiconductor laser has been demonstrated by using multisegment composite-cavity configuration and automatic frequency control loop with feedback to control the external cavity length. The time period of mode-hopping free SLM operation has been observed to be more than 24 hours with a frequency shift of about 28 MHz and a linewidth of less than 200 kHz.

  19. Photonic crystal surface-emitting lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Chua, Song Liang; Lu, Ling; Soljacic, Marin

    2015-06-23

    A photonic-crystal surface-emitting laser (PCSEL) includes a gain medium electromagnetically coupled to a photonic crystal whose energy band structure exhibits a Dirac cone of linear dispersion at the center of the photonic crystal's Brillouin zone. This Dirac cone's vertex is called a Dirac point; because it is at the Brillouin zone center, it is called an accidental Dirac point. Tuning the photonic crystal's band structure (e.g., by changing the photonic crystal's dimensions or refractive index) to exhibit an accidental Dirac point increases the photonic crystal's mode spacing by orders of magnitudes and reduces or eliminates the photonic crystal's distributed in-plane feedback. Thus, the photonic crystal can act as a resonator that supports single-mode output from the PCSEL over a larger area than is possible with conventional PCSELs, which have quadratic band edge dispersion. Because output power generally scales with output area, this increase in output area results in higher possible output powers.

  20. Multiperiod-grating surface-emitting lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lang, Robert J. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    Surface-emitting distributed feedback (DFB) lasers are disclosed with hybrid gratings. A first-order grating is provided at one or both ends of the active region of the laser for retroreflection of light back into the active region, and a second-order or nonresonant grating is provided at the opposite end for coupling light out perpendicular to the surfaces of the laser or in some other selected direction. The gratings may be curved to focus light retroreflected into the active region and to focus light coupled out to a point. When so focused to a point, the DFB laser may be part of a monolithic read head for a laser recorded disk, or an optical coupler into an optical fiber.

  1. Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Wilmsen, Carl W.; Temkin, Henryk; Coldren, Larry A.

    2002-01-01

    1. Introduction to VCSELs L. A. Coldren, C. W. Wilmsen and H. Temkin; 2. Fundamental issues in VCSEL design L. A. Coldren and Eric R. Hegblom; 3. Enhancement of spontaneous emission in microcavities E. F. Schubert and N. E. J. Hunt; 4. Epitaxy of vertical-cavity lasers R. P. Schneider Jr and Y. H. Young; 5. Fabrication and performance of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers Kent D. Choquette and Kent Geib; 6. Polarization related properties of vertical cavity lasers Dmitri Kuksenkov and Henryk Temkin; 7. Visible light emitting vertical cavity lasers Robert L. Thornton; 8. Long-wavelength vertical-cavity lasers Dubrakovo I. Babic, Joachim Piprek and John E. Bowers; 9. Overview of VCSEL applications Richard C. Williamson; 10. Optical interconnection applications and required characteristics Kenichi Kasahara; 11. VCSEL-based fiber-optic data communications Kenneth Hahn and Kirk Giboney; 12. VCSEL-based smart pixels for free space optoelectronic processing C. W. Wilmsen.

  2. Visible light surface emitting semiconductor laser

    DOEpatents

    Olbright, Gregory R.; Jewell, Jack L.

    1993-01-01

    A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser is disclosed comprising a laser cavity sandwiched between two distributed Bragg reflectors. The laser cavity comprises a pair of spacer layers surrounding one or more active, optically emitting quantum-well layers having a bandgap in the visible which serve as the active optically emitting material of the device. The thickness of the laser cavity is m .lambda./2n.sub.eff where m is an integer, .lambda. is the free-space wavelength of the laser radiation and n.sub.eff is the effective index of refraction of the cavity. Electrical pumping of the laser is achieved by heavily doping the bottom mirror and substrate to one conductivity-type and heavily doping regions of the upper mirror with the opposite conductivity type to form a diode structure and applying a suitable voltage to the diode structure. Specific embodiments of the invention for generating red, green, and blue radiation are described.

  3. Plasma channel optical pumping device and method

    DOEpatents

    Judd, O'Dean P.

    1983-06-28

    A device and method for optically pumping a gaseous laser using blackbody radiation produced by a plasma channel which is formed from an electrical discharge between two electrodes spaced at opposite longitudinal ends of the laser. A preionization device which can comprise a laser or electron beam accelerator produces a preionization beam which is sufficient to cause an electrical discharge between the electrodes to initiate the plasma channel along the preionization path. The optical pumping energy is supplied by a high voltage power supply rather than by the preionization beam. High output optical intensities are produced by the laser due to the high temperature blackbody radiation produced by the plasma channel, in the same manner as an exploding wire type laser. However, unlike the exploding wire type laser, the disclosed invention can be operated in a repetitive manner by utilizing a repetitive pulsed preionization device.

  4. Plasma channel optical pumping device and method

    DOEpatents

    Judd, O.P.

    1983-06-28

    A device and method are disclosed for optically pumping a gaseous laser using blackbody radiation produced by a plasma channel which is formed from an electrical discharge between two electrodes spaced at opposite longitudinal ends of the laser. A preionization device which can comprise a laser or electron beam accelerator produces a preionization beam which is sufficient to cause an electrical discharge between the electrodes to initiate the plasma channel along the preionization path. The optical pumping energy is supplied by a high voltage power supply rather than by the preionization beam. High output optical intensities are produced by the laser due to the high temperature blackbody radiation produced by the plasma channel, in the same manner as an exploding wire type laser. However, unlike the exploding wire type laser, the disclosed invention can be operated in a repetitive manner by utilizing a repetitive pulsed preionization device. 5 figs.

  5. Relaxation oscillations in optically pumped molecular lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1980-01-01

    The observation of relaxation oscillations in both the (C-13)H3F and (C-12)H3F optically pumped lasers is reported. Expressions are derived for the oscillation frequency and its temperature and pressure dependences using a four-level rate equation model. Excellent agreement between measured frequencies and the theory presented is observed. Models are considered for using this phenomenon to determine the rotational and vibrational relaxation mechanisms of the laser gases.

  6. Quantum well, beam deflecting surface emitting lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Jae H.

    1992-10-01

    This invention relates to surface emitting semiconductor lasers (SELs), with integrated 45 deg. beam deflectors. A SEL is formed on a wafer including vertical mirrors and 45 deg. beam deflectors formed in grooves by tilted ion beam etching. A SEL is a lattice matched, or unstrained, AlGaAs/GaAs GRINSCH SQW SEL. An alternate embodiment is shown, in which a SEL is lattice mismatched, strained or pseudomorphic, or InGaAs/AlGaAs GRINSCH SQW SEL which emits radiation at a wavelength to which its substrate is transparent. Both SELs exhibit high output power, low threshold current density, and relatively high efficiency, and each are processing compatible with conventional large scale integration technology. Such SELs may be fabricated in large numbers from single wafers. The novel features of this invention include the use of tilted ion beam etching to form a pair of grooves each including vertical mirrors and 45 deg. beam deflectors. The embodiment provides substantial circuit design flexibility because radiation may be coupled both up and/or down through the substrate.

  7. Quantum well, beam deflecting surface emitting lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Jae H.

    1991-06-01

    This invention relates to surface emitting semiconductor lasers (SELs), with integrated 45 deg. beam deflectors. A SEL is formed on a wafer including vertical mirrors and 45 deg. beam deflectors formed in grooves by tilted ion beam etching. A SEL is a lattice matched, or unstrained, AlGaAs/GaAs GRINSCH SQW SEL. An alternate embodiment is shown, in which a SEL is lattice mismatched, strained or pseudomorphic, or InGaAs/AlGaAs GRINSCH SQW SEL which emits radiation at a wavelength to which its substrate is transparent. Both SELs exhibit high output power, low threshold current density, and relatively high efficiency, and each are processing compatible with conventional large scale integration technology. Such SELs may be fabricated in large numbers from single wafers. The novel features of this invention include the use of tilted ion beam etching to form a pair of grooves each including vertical mirrors and 45 deg. beam deflectors. The embodiment provides substantial circuit design flexibility because radiation may be coupled both up and/or down through the substrate.

  8. Quantum well, beam deflecting surface emitting lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kim, Jae H. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    This invention relates to surface emitting semiconductor lasers (SELs), with integrated 45 deg. beam deflectors. A SEL is formed on a wafer including vertical mirrors and 45 deg. beam deflectors formed in grooves by tilted ion beam etching. A SEL is a lattice matched, or unstrained, AlGaAs/GaAs GRINSCH SQW SEL. An alternate embodiment is shown, in which a SEL is lattice mismatched, strained or pseudomorphic, or InGaAs/AlGaAs GRINSCH SQW SEL which emits radiation at a wavelength to which its substrate is transparent. Both SELs exhibit high output power, low threshold current density, and relatively high efficiency, and each are processing compatible with conventional large scale integration technology. Such SELs may be fabricated in large numbers from single wafers. The novel features of this invention include the use of tilted ion beam etching to form a pair of grooves each including vertical mirrors and 45 deg. beam deflectors. The embodiment provides substantial circuit design flexibility because radiation may be coupled both up and/or down through the substrate.

  9. Phase dynamics in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with delayed optical feedback and cross-polarized reinjection

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    Javaloyes, J.; Marconi, M.; Giudici, M.

    2014-08-01

    We study theoretically the nonlinear polarization dynamics of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers in the presence of an external cavity providing delayed optical feedback and cross-polarized reinjection. We show that, far from the laser threshold, the dynamics remains confined close to the equatorial plane of a Poincaré sphere with a fixed radius. It entails that the evolution of the system is described by two phase variables: the orientation phase of the quasilinear polarization and the optical phase of the field. We explore the complex modal structure given by the double reinjection configuration and how it evolves between the cases of single cross-polarized reinjection and single optical feedback, hence disclosing the relationship with the Lang-Kobayashi model. We also reinterpret the square-wave switching observed by J. Mulet et al. [Phys. Rev. A 76, 043801 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevA.76.043801] in terms of phase kinks.

  10. Optically pumped molecular bromine laser. Master's thesis

    SciTech Connect

    Morrison, J.W.

    1990-12-01

    An optically pumped molecular bromine laser was studied to investigate the quenching kinetics state of Br2. This included characterization of the pressure dependence of the laser output power. The approach was to excite molecular bromine in a sealed cell with a Nd:YAG pumped dye laser. Unresolved side fluorescence and amplified stimulated emission (ASE) spectra were recorded. ASE offered the advantage of a simpler optical system with no externally induced wavelength dependencies. Stimulated emission as a signal monitor offered greater resolution than side fluorescence spectra and facilitated spectroscopic assignment. (JS)

  11. Development of stable, narrow spectral line-width, fiber delivered laser source for spin exchange optical pumping

    SciTech Connect

    Liu, Bo; Tong, Xin; Jiang, Chenyang; Brown, Daniel R.; Robertson, Lee

    2015-06-05

    In this study, we developed a stable, narrow spectral line-width, fiber delivered laser source for spin exchange optical pumping. An optimized external cavity equipped with an off-the-shelf volume holographic grating narrowed the spectral line-width of a 100 W high-power diode laser and stabilized the laser spectrum. The laser spectrum showed a high side mode suppression ratio of >30 dB and good long-term stability (center wavelength drifting within ±0.002 nm during 220 h of operation). Finally, our laser is delivered by a multimode fiber with power ~70 W, center wavelength of 794.77 nm, and spectral bandwidth of ~0.12 nm.

  12. Optical pumping in a whispering-mode optical waveguide

    DOEpatents

    Kurnit, N.A.

    1981-08-11

    A device and method for optical pumping in a whispering mode optical waveguide are described. Both a helical ribbon and cylinder are disclosed which incorporate an additional curvature for confining the beam to increase intensity. An optical pumping medium is disposed in the optical path of the beam as it propagates along the waveguide. Optical pumping is enhanced by the high intensities of the beam and long interaction path lengths which are achieved in a small volume.

  13. Optical pumping in a whispering mode optical waveguide

    DOEpatents

    Kurnit, Norman A.

    1984-01-01

    A device and method for optical pumping in a whispering mode optical waveguide. Both a helical ribbon and cylinder are disclosed which incorporate an additional curvature for confining the beam to increase intensity. An optical pumping medium is disposed in the optical path of the beam as it propagates along the waveguide. Optical pumping is enhanced by the high intensities of the beam and long interaction pathlengths which are achieved in a small volume.

  14. Intracavity Sensing via Compliance Voltage in an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

    SciTech Connect

    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.

    2012-07-01

    We demonstrate a technique for gas phase spectroscopy and sensing by detecting changes in compliance voltage of an external cavity quantum cascade laser due to intracavity absorption. The technique is characterized and used to measure the absorption spectrum of water vapor and Freon-134a.

  15. Control of emitted light polarization in a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-vertical cavity surface emitting laser subject to circularly polarized optical injection

    SciTech Connect

    Alharthi, S. S. Hurtado, A.; Al Seyab, R. K.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.; Korpijarvi, V.-M.; Guina, M.

    2014-11-03

    We experimentally demonstrate the control of the light polarization emitted by a 1310 nm dilute nitride spin-Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) at room temperature. This is achieved by means of a combination of polarized optical pumping and polarized optical injection. Without external injection, the polarization of the optical pump controls that of the spin-VCSEL. However, the addition of the externally injected signal polarized with either left- (LCP) or right-circular polarization (RCP) is able to control the polarization of the spin-VCSEL switching it at will to left- or right-circular polarization. A numerical model has been developed showing a very high degree of agreement with the experimental findings.

  16. Synchronous Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping.

    PubMed

    Korver, A; Thrasher, D; Bulatowicz, M; Walker, T G

    2015-12-18

    We demonstrate a new approach to precision NMR with hyperpolarized gases designed to mitigate NMR shifts due to the alkali spin-exchange field. The NMR bias field is implemented as a sequence of alkali (Rb) 2π pulses, allowing the Rb polarization to be optically pumped transverse to the bias field. When the Rb polarization is modulated at the noble-gas (Xe) NMR resonance, spin-exchange collisions buildup a precessing transverse Xe polarization. We study and mitigate novel NMR broadening effects due to the oscillating spin-exchange field. Spin-exchange frequency shifts are suppressed 2500×, and Rb magnetometer gain measurements project photon shot-noise limited NMR frequency uncertainties below 10  nHz/sqrt[Hz]. PMID:26722919

  17. Optical pumping of generalized laser active materials.

    PubMed

    Fry, F H

    1967-11-01

    Results are presented of a computer-based study on the rate of excitation in the active cores of two types of optically pumped lasers as a function of a number of parameters of the active core. The absorption bands of the active materials are generated by Lorentzian and Gaussian functions. The excitation rate of the active core is proportional to the width of the absorption band at all depths of penetration. The plots of excitation rate as a function of frequency show curves similar to line reversal spectra and emphasize the importance of excitation some distance from the center of the absorption band in the slab model. In the cylindrical model, this wing pumping is even more important due to focusing. The effect of refractive index on the excitation rate is also described. PMID:20062337

  18. Synchronous Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping

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    Korver, A.; Thrasher, D.; Bulatowicz, M.; Walker, T. G.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate a new approach to precision NMR with hyperpolarized gases designed to mitigate NMR shifts due to the alkali spin-exchange field. The NMR bias field is implemented as a sequence of alkali (Rb) 2 π pulses, allowing the Rb polarization to be optically pumped transverse to the bias field. When the Rb polarization is modulated at the noble-gas (Xe) NMR resonance, spin-exchange collisions buildup a precessing transverse Xe polarization. We study and mitigate novel NMR broadening effects due to the oscillating spin-exchange field. Spin-exchange frequency shifts are suppressed 2500 ×, and Rb magnetometer gain measurements project photon shot-noise limited NMR frequency uncertainties below 10 nHz /√{Hz } .

  19. Optically pumped Na/sub 2/ laser

    SciTech Connect

    Kanorskii, S.I.; Kaslin, V.M.; Yakushev, O.F.

    1980-10-01

    A pulsed copper vapor laser emitting the 578.2 nm line was used as the pump source in achieving stimulated emission as a result of the electronic A/sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub u/ to X/sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub g/ transitions in the Na/sub 2/ molecule in the spectral range 0.765 to 0.804 ..mu... The average power of all the emission lines was 10 mW when the pulsed pump power was 150 W and the efficiency of conversion of the optical pump energy was about 3%. The pulse repetition frequency was 3.3 kHz. Violet diffuse radiation of the Na/sub 2/ molecules, generated by pumping with the copper vapor laser, was observed. The superradiance regime was found for some of the lines.

  20. Biological research by optically pumped far infrared lasers

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    Zhengyu, Mi

    1989-05-01

    The FIR breeding for paddy rice, black bean and wheat, the chlorophyll mutation of paddy rice induced by optically pumped FIR laser, etc., are presented. The results of SDS electrophoresis analysis of soluble proteins of Drosophita melanrgaster irradiated by optically pumped FIR laser are described and discussed.

  1. CO.sub.2 optically pumped distributed feedback diode laser

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    Rockwood, Stephen D.

    1980-01-01

    A diode laser optically pumped by a CO.sub.2 coherent source. Interference fringes generated by feeding the optical pumping beam against a second beam, periodically alter the reflectivity of the diode medium allowing frequency variation of the output signal by varying the impingent angle of the CO.sub.2 laser beams.

  2. Time-delay concealment and complexity enhancement of an external-cavity laser through optical injection.

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    Li, Nianqiang; Pan, Wei; Locquet, A; Citrin, D S

    2015-10-01

    The concealment of the time-delay signature (TDS) of chaotic external-cavity lasers is necessary to ensure the security of optical chaos-based cryptosystems. We show that this signature can be removed simply by optically injecting an external-cavity laser with a large linewidth-enhancement factor into a second, noninjection-locked, semiconductor laser. Concealment is ensured both in the amplitude and in the phase of the optical field, satisfying a sought-after property of optical chaos-based communications. Meanwhile, enhancement of the dynamical complexity, characterized by permutation entropy, coincides with strong TDS suppression over a wide range of parameters, the area for which depends sensitively on the linewidth-enhancement factor. PMID:26421545

  3. Continuous-wave operation of a broadly tunable thermoelectrically cooled external cavity quantum-cascade laser.

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    Maulini, Richard; Yarekha, Dmitri A; Bulliard, Jean-Marc; Giovannini, Marcella; Faist, Jérôme; Gini, Emilio

    2005-10-01

    Continuous-wave operation of an external cavity quantum-cascade laser on a thermoelectric cooler is reported. The active region of the gain element was based on a bound-to-continuum design emitting near 5.15 microm. The external cavity setup was arranged in a Littrow configuration. The front facet of the gain chip was antireflection coated. The laser could be tuned over more than 170 cm(-1) from 4.94 to 5.4 microm and was single mode over more than 140 cm(-1). The output power was in excess of 10 mW over approximately 100 cm(-1) and in excess of 5 mW over approximately 130 cm(-1) at -30 degrees C. PMID:16208907

  4. Fast Hyperspectral Imaging Using a Mid-Infrared Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Ho, Nicolas

    2008-04-23

    An active hyperspectral imaging system using an external cavity quantum cascade laser and a focal plane array acquiring images at 25 Hz from 985 cm-1 to 1075 cm-1 with a resolution of 0.3 cm 1 is demonstrated. The chemical imaging of gases is demonstrated in both static and dynamic cases. The system was also used to analyze liquid and solid samples.

  5. Angle-resolved scattering spectroscopy of explosives using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-04-01

    Investigation of angle-resolved scattering from solid explosives residues on a car door for non-contact sensing geometries. Illumination with a mid-infrared external cavity quantum cascade laser tuning between 7 and 8 microns was detected both with a sensitive single point detector and a hyperspectral imaging camera. Spectral scattering phenomena were discussed and possibilities for hyperspectral imaging at large scattering angles were outlined.

  6. Green pulsed lidar-radar emitter based on a multipass frequency-shifting external cavity.

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    Zhang, Haiyang; Brunel, Marc; Romanelli, Marco; Vallet, Marc

    2016-04-01

    This paper investigates the radio frequency (RF) up-conversion properties of a frequency-shifting external cavity on a laser beam. We consider an infrared passively Q-switched pulsed laser whose intensity modulation results from the multiple round-trips in the external cavity, which contains a frequency shifter. The output beam undergoes optical second-harmonic generation necessary to reach the green wavelength. We model the pulse train using a rate-equation model to simulate the laser pulses, together with a time-delayed interference calculation taking both the diffraction efficiency and the Gaussian beam propagation into account. The predictions are verified experimentally using a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser passively Q-switched by Cr4+:YAG whose pulse train makes multiple round-trips in a mode-matched external cavity containing an acousto-optic frequency shifter driven at 85 MHz. Second-harmonic generation is realized in a KTP crystal, yielding RF-modulated pulses at 532 nm with a modulation contrast of almost 100%. RF harmonics up to the 6th order (1.020 GHz) are observed in the green output pulses. Such a RF-modulated green laser may find applications in underwater detection and ranging. PMID:27139644

  7. Tunable excitation of mid-infrared optically pumped semiconductor lasers

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    Olafsen, Linda J.; Kunz, Jeremy; Ongstad, Andrew P.; Kaspi, Ron

    2013-01-01

    While conventional semiconductor lasers employ electrical injection for carrier excitation, optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSLs) have demonstrated high output powers and high brightness in the mid-infrared. An important consideration for optically pumped lasers is efficient absorption of the pump beam, which can be achieved through increasing the number of periods in the active region, by placing the active region in a cavity with an optical thickness of twice the pump wavelength between distributed Bragg reflectors (Optical Pumping Injection Cavity), or by periodically inserting the active quantum wells into an InGaAsSb waveguide designed to absorb the pump radiation (Integrated Absorber). A tunable optical pumping technique is utilized by which threshold intensities are minimized and efficiencies are maximized. The near-IR idler output of a Nd:YAG-pumped optical parametric oscillator (10 Hz, ~4 ns) is the tunable optical pumping source in this work. Results are presented for an OPSL with a type-II W active region embedded in an integrated absorber to enhance the absorption of the optical pump beam. Emission wavelengths range from 4.64 μm at 78 K to 4.82 μm at 190 K for optical pump wavelengths ranging from 1930-1950 nm. The effect of wavelength tuning is demonstrated and compared to single wavelength pumping (1940 nm) at a higher duty cycle (20- 30%). Comparisons are also made to other OPSLs, including a discussion of the characteristic temperature and high temperature performance of these devices.

  8. Design of Fabry-Perot surface-emitting lasers with a periodic gain structure

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    Corzine, S.W.; Geels, R.S.; Scott, J.W.; Yan, R.H.; Coldren, L.A.

    1989-06-01

    In this paper, the authors present a detailed analysis of a Fabry-Perot surface-emitting laser (FP-SEL) which utilizes the recently proposed concept of periodic gain. They show that by employing the periodic gain concept, close to a factor of two reduction in threshold current should be possible, the ideal reduction of a factor of two being limited by the internal loss of the cavity. Multiple quantum well active regions are also considered and shown to provide greater than a factor of two improvement over bulk GaAs periodic and uniform gain configurations. The effects of index perturbations within the cavity created by interleaving active and passive segments are treated for different Al mole fractions within the passive segments. The effects are found to be small for chi < 0.3. In addition, optical pumping results on periodic gain DBR-SEL samples which exhibit very low optical power density thresholds (<3 x 10/sup 4/ W/cm/sup 2/) and narrow above-threshold linewidths (<2 A) are included.

  9. Design of Fabry-Perot surface-emitting lasers with a periodic gain structure

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    Corzine, S.W.; Geels, R.S.; Scott, J.W.; Yan, R.H.; Coldren, L.A.

    1989-06-01

    This reprint presents a detailed analysis of a Fabry-Perot Surface-Emitting Laser (FP-SEL) which utilizes the recently proposed concept of periodic gain. By employing the periodic gain concept, close to a factor of two reduction in threshold current should be possible, the ideal reduction of a factor of two being limited by the internal loss of the cavity. Multiple quantum-well active regions are also considered and shown to provide greater than a factor of two improvement over bulk-GaAs periodic and uniform gain configurations. The effects of index perturbations within the cavity created by interleaving active and passive segments are treated for different Al mole fractions within the passive segments. The effects are found to be small for x<0.3. In addition, optical pumping results on periodic gain DBR-SEL samples which exhibit very low optical power density thresholds (<30000 W/sq cm) and narrow above-threshold linewidth (<2A) are included.

  10. Optical Pumping of Mesospheric Sodium: a New Measurement Capability

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    Heinrichs, R. M.; Jeys, T. H.; Wall, K. F.; Korn, J.; Hotaling, T. C.

    1992-01-01

    The first observation of laser-induced optical pumping in a remote sensing application is reported. We have observed a large variation in the amount of laser light resonantly backscattered from the earth's mesospheric sodium layer depending on the laser polarization. This is consistent with optical pumping of the mesospheric sodium atoms. A new lidar capability is being developed based on measurements of the rethermalization rate of the optically pumped sodium atoms. These measurements have potential applications in the fields of global warming research, spacecraft re-entry, and upper atmospheric dynamics.

  11. Optical pumping in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Tycko, R.; Reimer, J.A.

    1996-08-01

    An important current trend in solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is the growing exploitation of optical pumping of nuclear spin polarizations as a means of enhancing and localizing NMR signals. Recent work has been concentrated in two areas, namely optically pumped NMR in semiconductors and optical pumping of noble gases. Progress in these two areas, including technical developments and new applications in physical chemistry, condensed matter physics, and biomedical sciences, is reviewed. Likely directions for future developments are suggested. 58 refs., 13 figs.

  12. Magnetoencephalography with Optically Pumped Atomic Magnetometers

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    Schwindt, Peter; Colombo, Anthony; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Carter, Tony; Berry, Christopher; Young, Amber; McKay, Jim; Weisend, Michael

    2015-05-01

    We are working to develop a 36-channel array of optically pumped atomic magnetometers (AMs) to perform magnetoencephalography (MEG) with the goal of localizing magnetic sources within the human brain. The 36-channel array will consist of nine 4-channel sensor modules where the channels within each sensor will be spaced by 18 mm and each sensor will cover a 40 mm by 40 mm area of the head. In a previous 4-channel AM prototype, we demonstrated the measurement of evoked responses in both the auditory and somatosensory cortexes. This prototype had a 5 fT/Hz1/2 sensitivity. In the current version of the AM under development we are maintaining the previous sensitivity while implementing several improvements, including increasing the bandwidth from 20 Hz to more than 100 Hz, reducing the separation of the active volume of the AM from exterior of the sensor from 25 mm to 10 mm or less, and reducing the active sensor volume by a factor >10 to ~15 mm3. We will present results on the performance of our most recent AM prototype and progress toward developing a complete MEG system including a person-sized magnetic shield to provide a low-noise magnetic environment for MEG measurements.

  13. Grating THz laser with optical pumping

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    Khoury, Jed; Haji-saeed, Bahareh; Woods, Charles; Kierstead, John

    2010-04-01

    In this paper, we present a design for a widely tunable solid-state optically and electrically pumped THz laser based on the Smith-Purcell free-electron laser. In the free-electron laser, an energetic electron beam pumps a metallic grating to generate surface plasmons. Our solid-state optically pumped design consists of a thin layer of dielectic, such as SiNx, sandwiched between a corrugated structure and a thin metal or semiconductor layer. The lower layer is for current streaming, and replaces the electron beam in the original design. The upper layer consists of one micro-grating for coupling the electromagnetic field in, another for coupling out, and a nano-grating for coupling with the current in the lower layer for electromagnetic field generation. The surface plasmon waves generated from the upper layer by an external electromagnetic field, and the lower layer by the applied current, are coupled. Emission enhancement occurs when the plasmonic waves in both layers are resonantly coupled.

  14. 2 W continuous wave operation of optically pumped blue VECSEL with frequency doubling

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    Kim, Taek; Yoo, Jaeryung; Kim, Kisung; Lee, Sangmoon; Lim, Seongjin; Kim, Gibum; Kim, Junyoun; Cho, Soohaeng; Lee, Junho; Park, Yongjo

    2006-02-01

    We have optimized a resonant gain structure of a 920 nm vertical external cavity surface emitting laser. We found that a long saturated carrier lifetime in shallow quantum well (QW) under a high injection level restricts the laser performance. An insertion of non-absorbing laser in the middle of barrier layers with multi QWs is effective to reduce the saturated carrier lifetime and, therefore, to enhance the laser performance. With the optimized laser structure, which has 10 periods of triple In 0.09Ga 0.91 As QWs located at the anti-standing wave optical field with A l0.3Ga 0.7As non-absorbing layers in the middle of GaAs barrier, we achieved 4.9 W operation at 920nm. Subsequently blue laser was achieved by employing an intra-cavity frequency doubling crystal LBO. As a result, we demonstrated 2 W single transverse mode operation in blue (460 nm) with a 20 W pump laser power. The conversion efficiency from 808 nm pump laser to the blue laser is measured to be 10 %.

  15. Spatial Polarization Profile in an Optically Pumped Alkali Vapor

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    Olsen, Ben; Patton, Brian; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, Will

    2009-05-01

    Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping (SEOP) is a technique used to polarize nuclei in gases, and more recently in solids, in excess of their equilibrium limit. SEOP is achieved by optically pumping an alkali vapor which subsequently transfers angular momentum to the nuclei of interest. The efficiency of SEOP is governed by optical pumping and relaxation of the alkali atoms, relaxation of the target nuclei, and interactions between the alkali and target substance. In this work we investigate the relationship between optical pumping and relaxation in cesium vapor with absorption spectroscopy at high magnetic field (2.7 T). Cesium vapor within a cylindrical glass vapor cell is optically pumped with a strong laser resonant with a D2 transition. The ground-state population of the vapor is measured at various positions along a diameter of the cell with a small, weak D1 laser beam which translates mechanically. The resulting polarization profile elucidates the interplay between optical pumping, diffusion in the buffer gas, and relaxation at the walls of the vapor cell. We report measurements of the spatial polarization profile in vapor cells with bare Pyrex walls and cells coated with paraffin (an anti-relaxation coating) or CsH salt (a target substance for SEOP), and compare them to numerical simulations. Further investigation might yield a new method for characterizing surface relaxation in vapor cells.

  16. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser device

    DOEpatents

    Hadley, G. Ronald; Lear, Kevin L.; Awyoung, Adelbert; Choquette, Kent D.

    1999-01-01

    A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser device. The vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) device comprises one or more VCSELs with each VCSEL having a mode-control region thereabout, with the mode-control region forming an optical cavity with an effective cavity length different from the effective cavity length within each VCSEL. Embodiments of the present invention can be formed as single VCSELs and as one- or two-dimensional arrays of VCSELs, with either an index-guided mode of operation or an index anti-guided mode of operation being defined by a sign of the difference in the two effective cavity lengths.

  17. Preliminary surface-emitting laser logic device evaluation

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    Libby, S. I.; Parker, M. A.; Olbright, G. R.; Swanson, P. D.

    1993-03-01

    This report discusses the evaluation of a monolithically integrated heterojunction phototransistor and vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser, designated the surface-Emitting Laser Logic device (CELL). Included is a discussion of the device structure and theory of operation, test procedures, results, and conclusions. Also presented is the CELL's opto-electronic input/output characteristics which includes spectral analysis, characteristic emitted light versus current and current versus voltage curves, input wavelength tolerance, output wavelength sensitivity to bias current, and insensitivity to input wavelength and power within a specified range.

  18. Wavelength-controlled external-cavity laser with a silicon photonic crystal resonant reflector

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    Gonzalez-Fernandez, A. A.; Liles, Alexandros A.; Persheyev, Saydulla; Debnath, Kapil; O'Faolain, Liam

    2016-03-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of an alternative design of external-cavity hybrid lasers consisting of a III-V Semiconductor Optical Amplifier with fiber reflector and a Photonic Crystal (PhC) based resonant reflector on SOI. The Silicon reflector comprises a polymer (SU8) bus waveguide vertically coupled to a PhC cavity and provides a wavelength-selective optical feedback to the laser cavity. This device exhibits milliwatt-level output power and sidemode suppression ratio of more than 25 dB.

  19. Quantum dot SOA/silicon external cavity multi-wavelength laser.

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    Zhang, Yi; Yang, Shuyu; Zhu, Xiaoliang; Li, Qi; Guan, Hang; Magill, Peter; Bergman, Keren; Baehr-Jones, Thomas; Hochberg, Michael

    2015-02-23

    We report a hybrid integrated external cavity, multi-wavelength laser for high-capacity data transmission operating near 1310 nm. This is the first demonstration of a single cavity multi-wavelength laser in silicon to our knowledge. The device consists of a quantum dot reflective semiconductor optical amplifier and a silicon-on-insulator chip with a Sagnac loop mirror and microring wavelength filter. We show four major lasing peaks from a single cavity with less than 3 dB power non-uniformity and demonstrate error-free 4 × 10 Gb/s data transmission. PMID:25836504

  20. Hyperspectral microscopy of explosives particles using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2013-06-01

    Using infrared hyperspectral imaging, microscopy of small particles of the explosives compounds RDX, tetryl, and PETN with near diffraction-limited performance is demonstrated. The custom microscope apparatus includes an external cavity quantum cascade laser illuminator scanned over its tuning range of 9.13 to 10.53 μm in 4 s, coupled with a microbolometer focal plane array to record infrared transmission images. The hyperspectral microscopy technique is used to study the infrared absorption spectra of individual explosives particles, and demonstrate subnanogram detection limits.

  1. Hyperspectral microscopy using an external cavity quantum cascade laser and its applications for explosives detection

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    Phillips, M. C.; Suter, J. D.; Bernacki, B. E.

    2012-01-01

    Using infrared hyperspectral imaging, we demonstrate microscopy of small particles of the explosives compounds RDX, tetryl, and PETN with near diffraction-limited performance. The custom microscope apparatus includes an external cavity quantum cascade laser illuminator scanned over its tuning range of 9.13-10.53 μm in four seconds, coupled with a microbolometer focal plane array to record infrared transmission images. We use the hyperspectral microscopy technique to study the infrared absorption spectra of individual explosives particles, and demonstrate sub-nanogram detection limits.

  2. Modified grating-based external cavity diode laser for simultaneous dual-wavelengths operation

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    Khorsandi, Alireza; Sabouri, Saeed Ghavami; Fathi, Somaieh; Asadnia-Jahromi, Marzieh

    2011-07-01

    We have reported a modified V-shaped external cavity, which is constructed around a commercial diode laser operating at a center wavelength of λ=785 nm by adding a new coated glass plate with about 50% reflectivity to the cavity. This allows simultaneous dual-wavelengths operation in the vicinity of Δ νmin=0.18 THz to Δ νmax=0.22 THz, which can be used as laser source for terahertz generation either for semiconductor devices or nonlinear schemes.

  3. Hyperspectral Microscopy of Explosives Particles Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Bernacki, Bruce E.

    2012-12-26

    Using infrared hyperspectral imaging, we demonstrate microscopy of small particles of the explosives compounds RDX, tetryl, and PETN with near diffraction-limited performance. The custom microscope apparatus includes an external cavity quantum cascade laser illuminator scanned over its tuning range of 9.13-10.53 µm in four seconds, coupled with a microbolometer focal plane array to record infrared transmission images. We use the hyperspectral microscopy technique to study the infrared absorption spectra of individual explosives particles, and demonstrate sub-nanogram detection limits.

  4. Standoff Hyperspectral Imaging of Explosives Residues Using Broadly Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser Illumination

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    Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2010-05-01

    We describe experimental results on the detection of explosives residues using active hyperspectral imaging by illumination of the target surface using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) and imaging using a room temperature microbolometer camera. The active hyperspectral imaging technique forms an image hypercube by recording one image for each tuning step of the ECQCL. The resulting hyperspectral image contains the full absorption spectrum produced by the illumination laser at each pixel in the image which can then be used to identify the explosive type and relative quantity using spectral identification approaches developed initially in the remote sensing community.

  5. Study of the stability and uncertainty of an external cavity diode laser through a Michelson wavemeter

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    Outumuro, I.; Valencia, J. L.; Diz-Bugarin, J.; Blanco, J.; Dorrío, B. V.

    2014-07-01

    A Michelson wavemeter was developed to test the accuracy and give traceability to the wavelength of external cavity diode lasers. These lasers were stabilized using a Littrow configuration and an iodine gas cell as frequency reference, and they will be used as light sources in the assembly of a new interferometric system for gauge block calibration. Previously, the uncertainty evaluation of the Michelson wavemeter with a Vernier counter had to be made, in which, as it is usual, the counting set starts and stops when the interference phases of the reference and unknown wavefronts coincide.

  6. Frequency and intensity modulation characteristics of GaAs lasers in an external cavity

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    Carter, G.M.; Huang, Kao Yang . Dept. of Electrical Engineering); Brotman, J.; Grober, R.; Mandelberg, H. )

    1993-12-01

    Frequency and intensity modulation characteristics were measured for external cavity GaAs diode lasers as a function of modulation frequency. The data, displayed as a Chirp-to-Power (CPR) ratio, showed at low modulation frequencies a flat response and a zero or 180 degree relative phase depending on laser structure. A model incorporating a carrier density dependent imaginary part of the differential gain (Henry alpha factor) was developed to explain the data. The model yields simple scaling of the CPR with injection current and photon lifetime. The agreement between the model and data including scaling is excellent. These results provide strong evidence for transverse spatial hole burning'' in these lasers.

  7. 10-Gb/s direct modulation of polymer-based tunable external cavity lasers.

    PubMed

    Choi, Byung-Seok; Oh, Su Hwan; Kim, Ki Soo; Yoon, Ki-Hong; Kim, Hyun Soo; Park, Mi-Ran; Jeong, Jong Sool; Kwon, O-Kyun; Seo, Jun-Kyu; Lee, Hak-Kyu; Chung, Yun C

    2012-08-27

    We demonstrate a directly-modulated 10-Gb/s tunable external cavity laser (ECL) fabricated by using a polymer Bragg reflector and a high-speed superluminescent diode (SLD). The tuning range and output power of this ECL are measured to be >11 nm and 2.6 mW (@ 100 mA), respectively. We directly modulate this laser at 10 Gb/s and transmit the modulated signal over 20 km of standard single-mode fiber. The power penalty is measured to be <2.8 dB at the bit-error rate (BER) of 10(-10). PMID:23037087

  8. High performance external cavity InAs/InP quantum dot lasers

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    Chen, P.; Gong, Q.; Cao, C. F.; Li, S. G.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Q. B.; Yue, L.; Zhang, Y. G.; Feng, S. L.; Ma, C. H.; Wang, H. L.

    2011-03-01

    We report on high performance InAs/InP quantum dot tunable external cavity lasers (ECLs) operating in continuous-wave mode at room temperature. A tuning range of 70 nm has been achieved, covering the wavelengths from 1563 to 1633 nm. The threshold current densities are lower than 1625 A/cm2 in the tuning range. More than 23 mW output power was obtained at lasing wavelength of 1594 nm with an external differential quantum efficiency of 10.3%. An even wider tuning range of 98 nm has been obtained from the ECL based on the QD laser lasing in a longer wavelength.

  9. Hysteresis phenomena in the tuning characteristics of semiconductor lasers with a high-Q external cavity

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    Belovolov, M. I.; Dianov, E. M.; Kriukov, A. P.; Pencheva, V. Kh.

    1987-06-01

    A study is made of the hysteresis phenomena and bistability associated with lasing frequency tuning by pump current in an AlGaAs double heterostructure laser. These phenomena are usually observed during the self-stabilization of single-frequency lasing under conditions of high selectivity of the dispersion element in the external cavity and a strong optical freedback. It is suggested that anomalies observed in the tuning characteristics of some semiconductor lasers result from nonstationary thermal waveguide effects due to the adiabatic heating of the active region and self-focusing effects.

  10. Liquid detection with InGaAsP semiconductor lasers having multiple short external cavities.

    PubMed

    Zhu, X; Cassidy, D T

    1996-08-20

    A liquid detection system consisting of a diode laser with multiple short external cavities (MSXC's) is reported. The MSXC diode laser operates single mode on one of 18 distinct modes that span a range of 72 nm. We selected the modes by setting the length of one of the external cavities using a piezoelectric positioner. One can measure the transmission through cells by modulating the injection current at audio frequencies and using phase-sensitive detection to reject the ambient light and reduce 1/f noise. A method to determine regions of single-mode operation by the rms of the output of the laser is described. The transmission data were processed by multivariate calibration techniques, i.e., partial least squares and principal component regression. Water concentration in acetone was used to demonstrate the performance of the system. A correlation coefficient of R(2) = 0.997 and 0.29% root-mean-square error of prediction are found for water concentration over the range of 2-19%. PMID:21102889

  11. Trace-gas sensing using the compliance voltage of an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.

    2013-06-04

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are increasingly being used to detect, identify, and measure levels of trace gases in the air. External cavity QCLs (ECQCLs) provide a broadly-tunable infrared source to measure absorption spectra of chemicals and provide high detection sensitivity and identification confidence. Applications include detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals, monitoring building air quality, measuring greenhouse gases for atmospheric research, monitoring and controlling industrial processes, analyzing chemicals in exhaled breath for medical diagnostics, and many more. Compact, portable trace gas sensors enable in-field operation in a wide range of platforms, including handheld units for use by first responders, fixed installations for monitoring air quality, and lightweight sensors for deployment in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). We present experimental demonstration of a new chemical sensing technique based on intracavity absorption in an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL). This new technique eliminates the need for an infrared photodetector and gas cell by detecting the intracavity absorption spectrum in the compliance voltage of the laser device itself. To demonstrate and characterize the technique, we measure infrared absorption spectra of chemicals including water vapor and Freon-134a. Sub-ppm detection limits in one second are achieved, with the potential for increased sensitivity after further optimization. The technique enables development of handheld, high-sensitivity, and high-accuracy trace gas sensors for in-field use.

  12. A digital frequency stabilization system of external cavity diode laser based on LabVIEW FPGA

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    Liu, Zhuohuan; Hu, Zhaohui; Qi, Lu; Wang, Tao

    2015-10-01

    Frequency stabilization for external cavity diode laser has played an important role in physics research. Many laser frequency locking solutions have been proposed by researchers. Traditionally, the locking process was accomplished by analog system, which has fast feedback control response speed. However, analog system is susceptible to the effects of environment. In order to improve the automation level and reliability of the frequency stabilization system, we take a grating-feedback external cavity diode laser as the laser source and set up a digital frequency stabilization system based on National Instrument's FPGA (NI FPGA). The system consists of a saturated absorption frequency stabilization of beam path, a differential photoelectric detector, a NI FPGA board and a host computer. Many functions, such as piezoelectric transducer (PZT) sweeping, atomic saturation absorption signal acquisition, signal peak identification, error signal obtaining and laser PZT voltage feedback controlling, are totally completed by LabVIEW FPGA program. Compared with the analog system, the system built by the logic gate circuits, performs stable and reliable. User interface programmed by LabVIEW is friendly. Besides, benefited from the characteristics of reconfiguration, the LabVIEW program is good at transplanting in other NI FPGA boards. Most of all, the system periodically checks the error signal. Once the abnormal error signal is detected, FPGA will restart frequency stabilization process without manual control. Through detecting the fluctuation of error signal of the atomic saturation absorption spectrum line in the frequency locking state, we can infer that the laser frequency stability can reach 1MHz.

  13. Axial-mode instability in tunable external-cavity semiconductor lasers

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    Zorabedian, Paul

    1994-07-01

    The axial-mode instability of a tunable external-cavity semiconductor laser was studied experimentally and theoretically. Optical and radio-frequency (rf) spectra and time-domain traces show the laser output in progressive stages of instability. The optical sidemode ratio was used to experimentally characterize the wavelength and current dependencies of the instability. Measurements show a strong tendency for the sidemode ratio to degrade when the laser was tuned within wavelength bands occurring at the periodicity of the laser diode mode spacing. The probability of instability also increased with injection current. Analysis of the single-mode strong feedback rate equations shows that stability of an external-cavity mode is determined by the sign of the chirp reduction factor. A model for the physical origin of instability is provided. Calculations show that for facet reflectivities above a threshold value dependent on the external feedback level and the linewidth broadening factor, unstable and stable axial modes coexist in wavelength regions whose locations agree with regions where sidemode ratio degradation is observed. The stability boundary at which unstable axial modes appear is shown as a surface in the parameter space of facet reflectivity, feedback level, and linewidth broadening factor.

  14. Characterizing double-resonance optical-pumping spectra of cesium 6P3/2 - 8S1/2 excited-state transition and its application

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    Yang, Baodong; Liang, Qiangbing; Zhang, Tiancai; Wang, Junmin

    2010-11-01

    The spectra of cesium 6P3/2 - 8S1/2 excited-state transition have been obtained using double resonance optical-pumping (DROP) technique in a room-temperature vapor cell, and have shown a much better signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) compared with that using the traditional optical-optical double resonance (OODR) method. Furthermore, the line-width of DROP spectra is obviously narrowed by electromagnetically-induced transparency (EIT) effect in cesium 6S1/2 F=4 - 6P3/2 F'=5 - 8S1/2 F''=4 transitions. Finally, such DROP spectrum of 6P3/2 F'=5 - 8S1/2 F''=4 transition with a high SNR and a narrow line-width is applied into frequency stabilization of a 795 nm external-cavity diode laser, and the residual frequency fluctuation is ~ 600 kHz within 500 s.

  15. Curved grating fabrication techniques for concentric-circle grating, surface-emitting semiconductor lasers

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    Jordan, Rebecca H.; King, Oliver; Wicks, Gary W.; Hall, Dennis G.; Anderson, Erik H.; Rooks, Michael J.

    1993-01-01

    We describe the fabrication and operational characteristics of a novel, surface-emitting semiconductor laser that makes use of a concentric-circle grating to both define its resonant cavity and to provide surface emission. A properly fabricated circular grating causes the laser to operate in radially inward- and outward-going circular waves in the waveguide, thus, introducing the circular symmetry needed for the laser to emit a beam with a circular cross-section. The basic circular-grating-resonator concept can be implemented in any materials system; an AlGaAs/GaAs graded-index, separate confinement heterostructure (GRINSCH), single-quantum-well (SQW) semiconductor laser, grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), was used for the experiments discussed here. Each concentric-circle grating was fabricated on the surface of the AlGaAs/GaAs semiconductor laser. The circular pattern was first defined by electron-beam (e-beam) lithography in a layer of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and subsequently etched into the semiconductor surface using chemically-assisted (chlorine) ion-beam etching (CAIBE). We consider issues that affect the fabrication and quality of the gratings. These issues include grating design requirements, data representation of the grating pattern, and e-beam scan method. We provide examples of how these techniques can be implemented and their impact on the resulting laser performance. A comparison is made of the results obtained using two fundamentally different electron-beam writing systems. Circular gratings with period lambda = 0.25 microns and overall diameters ranging from 80 microns to 500 microns were fabricated. We also report our successful demonstration of an optically pumped, concentric-circle grating, semiconductor laser that emits a beam with a far-field divergence angle that is less than one degree. The emission spectrum is quite narrow (less than 0.1 nm) and is centered at wavelength lambda = 0.8175 microns.

  16. Spin-velocity correlations of optically pumped atoms

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    Marsland, R., III; McGuyer, B. H.; Olsen, B. A.; Happer, W.

    2012-08-01

    We present efficient theoretical tools for describing the optical pumping of atoms by light propagating at arbitrary directions with respect to an external magnetic field, at buffer-gas pressures that are small enough for velocity-selective optical pumping (VSOP) but large enough to cause substantial collisional relaxation of the velocities and the spin. These are the conditions for the sodium atoms at an altitude of about 100 km that are used as guidestars for adaptive optics in modern ground-based telescopes to correct for aberrations due to atmospheric turbulence. We use spin and velocity relaxation modes to describe the distribution of atoms in spin space (including both populations and coherences) and velocity space. Cusp kernels are used to describe velocity-changing collisions. Optical pumping operators are represented as a sum of poles in the complex velocity plane. Signals simulated with these methods are in excellent agreement with previous experiments and with preliminary experiments in our laboratory.

  17. Optically pumped lasing in single crystals of organometal halide perovskites prepared by cast-capping method

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    Nguyen, Van-Cao; Katsuki, Hiroyuki; Sasaki, Fumio; Yanagi, Hisao

    2016-06-01

    A simple "cast-capping" method is adopted to prepare single-crystal perovskites of methyl ammonium lead bromide (CH3NH3PbBr3). By capping a CH3NH3PbBr3 solution casted on one substrate with another substrate such as glass, mica, and distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), the slow evaporation of solvent enables large-size cubic crystals to grow between the two substrates. Under optical pumping, edge-emitting lasing is observed based on Fabry-Pérot resonation between parallel side facets of a strip-shaped crystal typically with a lateral cavity length of a few tens of μm. On the other hand, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasing (VCSEL) is obtained from a planar crystal grown between two DBRs with a cavity thickness of a few μm. Simultaneous detection of those edge- and surface-emissions reveals that the threshold excitation fluence of VCSEL is higher than that of the edge-emitting lasing due to thickness gradient in the planar crystal.

  18. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser device

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    Hadley, G.R.; Lear, K.L.; Awyoung, A.; Choquette, K.D.

    1999-05-11

    A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser device is disclosed. The vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) device comprises one or more VCSELs with each VCSEL having a mode-control region thereabout, with the mode-control region forming an optical cavity with an effective cavity length different from the effective cavity length within each VCSEL. Embodiments of the present invention can be formed as single VCSELs and as one- or two-dimensional arrays of VCSELs, with either an index-guided mode of operation or an index anti-guided mode of operation being defined by a sign of the difference in the two effective cavity lengths. 10 figs.

  19. Characterization of semiconductor surface-emitting laser wafers

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    Gourley, P.L.; Vawter, G.A.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.

    1990-01-01

    The development of epitaxial semiconductor surface-emitting lasers has begun in recent years. These lasers are ultra-short (few {mu}m) Fabry-Perot resonators comprising epitaxial multilayer semiconductor mirrors and quantum well active regions. The resonators are single crystals grown along the lasing axis by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD). They offer significant advances over conventional cleaved, edge-emitting lasers for creating lasers with single elements of 2 dimensional arrays, low beam divergence, engineered active regions, single longitudinal modes, and improved temperature characteristics. To realize the high potential of these new laser structures, techniques for characterizing the laser wafer after growth and between fabrication steps must be developed. In this paper we discuss several optical techniques that we have developed for this emerging surface-emitting laser technology.

  20. Electrically injected visible vertical cavity surface emitting laser diodes

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    Schneider, R.P.; Lott, J.A.

    1994-09-27

    Visible laser light output from an electrically injected vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VSCEL) diode is enabled by the addition of phase-matching spacer layers on either side of the active region to form the optical cavity. The spacer layers comprise InAlP which act as charge carrier confinement means. Distributed Bragg reflector layers are formed on either side of the optical cavity to act as mirrors. 5 figs.

  1. Electrically injected visible vertical cavity surface emitting laser diodes

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    Schneider, Richard P.; Lott, James A.

    1994-01-01

    Visible laser light output from an electrically injected vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VSCEL) diode is enabled by the addition of phase-matching spacer layers on either side of the active region to form the optical cavity. The spacer layers comprise InAlP which act as charge carrier confinement means. Distributed Bragg reflector layers are formed on either side of the optical cavity to act as mirrors.

  2. Piezo activated mode tracking system for widely tunable mode-hop-free external cavity mid-IR semiconductor lasers

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    Wysocki, Gerard (Inventor); Tittel, Frank K. (Inventor); Curl, Robert F. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A widely tunable, mode-hop-free semiconductor laser operating in the mid-IR comprises a QCL laser chip having an effective QCL cavity length, a diffraction grating defining a grating angle and an external cavity length with respect to said chip, and means for controlling the QCL cavity length, the external cavity length, and the grating angle. The laser of claim 1 wherein said chip may be tuned over a range of frequencies even in the absence of an anti-reflective coating. The diffraction grating is controllably pivotable and translatable relative to said chip and the effective QCL cavity length can be adjusted by varying the injection current to the chip. The laser can be used for high resolution spectroscopic applications and multi species trace-gas detection. Mode-hopping is avoided by controlling the effective QCL cavity length, the external cavity length, and the grating angle so as to replicate a virtual pivot point.

  3. Performance of Planar-Waveguide External Cavity Laser for Precision Measurements

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    Numata, Kenji; Camp, Jordan; Krainak, Michael A.; Stolpner, Lew

    2010-01-01

    A 1542-nm planar-waveguide external cavity laser (PW-ECL) is shown to have a sufficiently low level of frequency and intensity noise to be suitable for precision measurement applications. The frequency noise and intensity noise of the PW-ECL was comparable or better than the nonplanar ring oscillator (NPRO) and fiber laser between 0.1 mHz to 100 kHz. Controllability of the PW-ECL was demonstrated by stabilizing its frequency to acetylene (13C2H2) at 10(exp -13) level of Allan deviation. The PW-ECL also has the advantage of the compactness of a standard butterfly package, low cost, and a simple design consisting of a semiconductor gain media coupled to a planar-waveguide Bragg reflector. These features would make the PW-ECL suitable for precision measurements, including compact optical frequency standards, space lidar, and space interferometry

  4. External cavity quantum cascade lasers with ultra rapid acousto-optic tuning

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    Lyakh, A. Barron-Jimenez, R.; Dunayevskiy, I.; Go, R.; Patel, C. Kumar N.

    2015-04-06

    We report operation of tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers with emission wavelength controlled by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). A long-wave infrared quantum cascade laser wavelength tuned from ∼8.5 μm to ∼9.8 μm when the AOM frequency was changed from ∼41MHz to ∼49 MHz. The laser delivered over 350 mW of average power at the center of the tuning curve in a linewidth of ∼4.7 cm{sup −1}. Measured wavelength switching time between any two wavelengths within the tuning range of the QCL was less than 1 μs. Spectral measurements of infrared absorption features of Freon demonstrated a capability of obtaining complete spectral data in less than 20 μs.

  5. Reflection-Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy of Thin Films Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Craig, Ian M.; Blake, Thomas A.

    2013-02-04

    We present experimental demonstrations using a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) to perform Reflection-Absorption InfraRed Spectroscopy (RAIRS) of thin layers and residues on surfaces. The ECQCL compliance voltage was used to measure fluctuations in the ECQCL output power and improve the performance of the RAIRS measurements. Absorption spectra from self-assembled monolayers of a fluorinated alkane thiol and a thiol carboxylic acid were measured and compared with FTIR measurements. RAIRS spectra of the explosive compounds PETN, RDX, and tetryl deposited on gold substrates were also measured. Rapid measurement times and low noise were demonstrated, with < 1E-3 absorbance noise for a 10 second measurement time.

  6. Reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy of thin films using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Craig, Ian M.; Blake, Thomas A.

    2013-01-01

    We present experimental demonstrations using a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) to perform Reflection-Absorption InfraRed Spectroscopy (RAIRS) of thin layers and residues on surfaces. The ECQCL compliance voltage was used to measure fluctuations in the ECQCL output power and improve the performance of the RAIRS measurements. Absorption spectra from self-assembled monolayers of a fluorinated alkane thiol and a thiol carboxylic acid were measured and compared with FTIR measurements. RAIRS spectra of the explosive compounds PETN, RDX, and tetryl deposited on gold substrates were also measured. Rapid measurement times and low noise were demonstrated, with <1E-3 absorbance noise for a 10 second measurement time.

  7. Alignment-stabilized interference filter-tuned external-cavity quantum cascade laser.

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    Kischkat, Jan; Semtsiv, Mykhaylo P; Elagin, Mikaela; Monastyrskyi, Grygorii; Flores, Yuri; Kurlov, Sergii; Peters, Sven; Masselink, W Ted

    2014-12-01

    A passively alignment-stabilized external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) employing a "cat's eye"-type retroreflector and an ultra-narrowband transmissive interference filter for wavelength selection is demonstrated and experimentally investigated. Compared with conventional grating-tuned ECQCLs, the setup is nearly two orders of magnitude more stable against misalignment of the components, and spectral fluctuation is reduced by one order of magnitude, allowing for a simultaneously lightweight and fail-safe construction, suitable for applications outdoors and in space. It also allows for a substantially greater level of miniaturization and cost reduction. These advantages fit in well with the general properties of modern QCLs in the promise to deliver useful and affordable mid-infrared-light sources for a variety of spectroscopic and imaging applications. PMID:25490621

  8. Broadband-tunable external-cavity quantum cascade lasers for the spectroscopic detection of hazardous substances

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    Hugger, S.; Fuchs, F.; Jarvis, J.; Kinzer, M.; Yang, Q. K.; Driad, R.; Aidam, R.; Wagner, J.

    2013-01-01

    Broadband tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL) have emerged as attractive light sources for midinfrared (MIR) "finger print" molecular spectroscopy for detection and identification of chemical compounds. Here we report on the use of EC-QCL for the spectroscopic detection of hazardous substances, using stand-off detection of explosives and sensing of hazardous substances in water as two prototypical examples. Our standoff-system allows the contactless identification of solid residues of various common explosives over distances of several meters. Furthermore, results on an EC-QCL-based setup for MIR absorption spectroscopy on liquids are presented, featuring a by a factor of ten larger single-pass optical path length of 100 μm as compared to conventional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy instrumentations.

  9. External cavity quantum cascade lasers with ultra rapid acousto-optic tuning

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    Lyakh, A.; Barron-Jimenez, R.; Dunayevskiy, I.; Go, R.; Patel, C. Kumar N.

    2015-04-01

    We report operation of tunable external cavity quantum cascade lasers with emission wavelength controlled by an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). A long-wave infrared quantum cascade laser wavelength tuned from ˜8.5 μm to ˜9.8 μm when the AOM frequency was changed from ˜41MHz to ˜49 MHz. The laser delivered over 350 mW of average power at the center of the tuning curve in a linewidth of ˜4.7 cm-1. Measured wavelength switching time between any two wavelengths within the tuning range of the QCL was less than 1 μs. Spectral measurements of infrared absorption features of Freon demonstrated a capability of obtaining complete spectral data in less than 20 μs.

  10. Note: Demonstration of an external-cavity diode laser system immune to current and temperature fluctuations.

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    Miao, Xinyu; Yin, Longfei; Zhuang, Wei; Luo, Bin; Dang, Anhong; Chen, Jingbiao; Guo, Hong

    2011-08-01

    We demonstrate an external-cavity laser system using an anti-reflection coated laser diode as gain medium with about 60 nm fluorescence spectrum, and a Rb Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter (FADOF) as frequency-selecting element with a transmission bandwidth of 1.3 GHz. With 6.4% optical feedback, a single stable longitudinal mode is obtained with a linewidth of 69 kHz. The wavelength of this laser is operating within the center of the highest transmission peak of FADOF over a diode current range from 55 mA to 142 mA and a diode temperature range from 15 °C to 35 °C, thus it is immune to the fluctuations of current and temperature. PMID:21895284

  11. Littrow-type external-cavity blue laser for holographic data storage.

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    Tanaka, Tomiji; Takahashi, Kazuo; Sako, Kageyasu; Kasegawa, Ryo; Toishi, Mitsuru; Watanabe, Kenjiro; Samuels, David; Takeya, Motonobu

    2007-06-10

    An external-cavity laser with a wavelength of 405 nm and an output of 80 mW has been developed for holographic data storage. The laser has three states: the first is a perfect single mode, whose coherent length is 14 m; the second is a three-mode state with a coherent length of 3 mm; and the third is a six-mode state with a coherent length of 0.3 mm. The first and second states are available for angular-multiplexing recording; all states are available for coaxial multiplexing recording. Due to its short wavelength, the recording density is higher than that of a 532 nm laser. PMID:17514319

  12. Mode-locking external-cavity laser-diode sensor for displacement measurements of technical surfaces

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    Czarske, Juergen; Moebius, Jasper; Moldenhauer, Karsten

    2005-09-01

    A novel laser sensor for position measurements of technical solid-state surfaces is proposed. An external Fabry-Perot laser cavity is assembled by use of an antireflection-coated laser diode together with the technical surface. Mode locking results from pumping the laser diode synchronously to the mode spacing of the cavity. The laser cavity length, i.e., the distance to the measurement object, is determined by evaluation of the modulation transfer function of the cavity by means of a phase-locked loop. The mode-locking external-cavity laser sensor incorporates a resonance effect that results in highly resolving position and displacement measurements. More than a factor-of-10 higher resolution than with conventional nonresonant sensing principles is achieved. Results of the displacement measurements of various technical surfaces are reported. Experimental and theoretical investigations are in good agreement.

  13. Littrow-type external-cavity blue laser for holographic data storage

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    Tanaka, Tomiji; Takahashi, Kazuo; Sako, Kageyasu; Kasegawa, Ryo; Toishi, Mitsuru; Watanabe, Kenjiro; Samuels, David; Takeya, Motonobu

    2007-06-01

    An external-cavity laser with a wavelength of 405 nm and an output of 80 mW has been developed for holographic data storage. The laser has three states: the first is a perfect single mode, whose coherent length is 14 m; the second is a three-mode state with a coherent length of 3 mm; and the third is a six-mode state with a coherent length of 0.3 mm. The first and second states are available for angular-multiplexing recording; all states are available for coaxial multiplexing recording. Due to its short wavelength, the recording density is higher than that of a 532 nm laser.

  14. Influence of grating parameters on the linewidths of external-cavity diode lasers

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    Loh, Huanqian; Lin, Yu-Ju; Teper, Igor; Cetina, Marko; Simon, Jonathan; Thompson, James K.; Vuletić, Vladan

    2006-12-01

    We investigate experimentally the influence of the grating reflectivity, grating resolution, and diode facet antireflection (AR) coating on the intrinsic linewidth of an external-cavity diode laser built with a diffraction grating in a Littrow configuration. Grating lasers at 399, 780, and 852 nm are determined to have typical linewidths between 250 and 600 kHz from measurements of their frequency noise power spectral densities. The linewidths are little affected by the presence of an AR coating on the diode facet but narrow as the grating reflectivity and grating resolution are increased, with the resolution exerting a greater effect. We also use frequency noise measurements to characterize a laser mount with improved mechanical stability.

  15. Long-external-cavity distributed Bragg reflector laser with subkilohertz intrinsic linewidth.

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    Lin, Qian; Van Camp, Mackenzie A; Zhang, Hao; Jelenković, Branislav; Vuletić, Vladan

    2012-06-01

    We report on a simple, compact, and robust 780 nm distributed Bragg reflector laser with subkilohertz intrinsic linewidth. An external cavity with optical path length of 3.6 m, implemented with an optical fiber, reduces the laser frequency noise by several orders of magnitude. At frequencies above 100 kHz the frequency noise spectral density is reduced by over 33 dB, resulting in an intrinsic Lorentzian linewidth of 300 Hz. The remaining low-frequency noise is easily removed by stabilization to an external reference cavity. We further characterize the influence of feedback power and current variation on the intrinsic linewidth. The system is suitable for experiments requiring a tunable laser with narrow linewidth and low high-frequency noise, such as coherent optical communication, optical clocks, and cavity QED experiments. PMID:22660097

  16. Long-term frequency stabilization system for external cavity diode laser based on mode boundary detection

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    Xu, Zhouxiang; Huang, Kaikai; Jiang, Yunfeng; Lu, Xuanhui

    2011-12-01

    We have realized a long-term frequency stabilization system for external cavity diode laser (ECDL) based on mode boundary detection method. In this system, the saturated absorption spectroscopy was used. The current and the grating of the ECDL were controlled by a computer-based feedback control system. By checking if there are mode boundaries in the spectrum, the control system determined how to adjust current to avoid mode hopping. This procedure was executed periodically to ensure the long-term stabilization of ECDL in the absence of mode hops. This diode laser system with non-antireflection coating had operated in the condition of long-term mode-hop-free stabilization for almost 400 h, which is a significant improvement of ECDL frequency stabilization system.

  17. Construction and Characterization of External Cavity Diode Lasers for Atomic Physics

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    Hardman, Kyle S.; Bennetts, Shayne; Debs, John E.; Kuhn, Carlos C. N.; McDonald, Gordon D.; Robins, Nick

    2014-01-01

    Since their development in the late 1980s, cheap, reliable external cavity diode lasers (ECDLs) have replaced complex and expensive traditional dye and Titanium Sapphire lasers as the workhorse laser of atomic physics labs1,2. Their versatility and prolific use throughout atomic physics in applications such as absorption spectroscopy and laser cooling1,2 makes it imperative for incoming students to gain a firm practical understanding of these lasers. This publication builds upon the seminal work by Wieman3, updating components, and providing a video tutorial. The setup, frequency locking and performance characterization of an ECDL will be described. Discussion of component selection and proper mounting of both diodes and gratings, the factors affecting mode selection within the cavity, proper alignment for optimal external feedback, optics setup for coarse and fine frequency sensitive measurements, a brief overview of laser locking techniques, and laser linewidth measurements are included. PMID:24796259

  18. Modelocked external-cavity semiconductor laser noise characterization and application to photonic arbitrary waveform generation

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    Yilmaz, Tolga

    There are several applications of low-noise, coherent optical frequency combs generated by modelocked lasers. One application is to use the optical comb source in a photonic arbitrary waveform generator. Performance of electronic arbitrary waveform generators is hindered by the speed and linearity limitations of digital-to-analog converters. These limitations may be overcome by the use of high-bandwidth optical techniques. This thesis investigates the possibility of using actively and hybridly modelocked external-cavity semiconductor lasers to improve upon the speed limitations of electronic arbitrary waveform generators. Pulsetrain noise properties have been studied for different cavity geometries and semiconductor gain medium types. Modelocked laser optical frequency comb stabilization has been achieved and it has made it possible to use the laser in a photonic arbitrary waveform generator architecture. The potential for arbitrary waveform generation and photonic synthesis has been demonstrated by the generated waveforms at microwave frequencies.

  19. High-power operation of coherently coupled tapered laser diodes in an external cavity

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    Schimmel, G.; Doyen, I.; Janicot, S.; Hanna, M.; Georges, P.; Lucas-Leclin, G.; Decker, J.; Crump, P.; Erbert, G.; Kaunga-Nyirenda, S.; Moss, D.; Bull, S.; Larkins, E. C.; Witte, U.; Traub, M.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a rear-side phase-locking architecture with two high-brightness diode lasers. This technique is based on the passive phase-locking of emitters in an external cavity on their rear facet, and their coherent combination on the front facet. Two high-brightness high-power tapered laser diodes are coherently combined using a Michelson-based cavity. The combining efficiency is above 80% and results in an output power of 6.7 W in a nearly diffraction-limited beam. The rear-side architecture is then used with a laser bar of 5 tapered emitters using an interferometric extended cavity, based on a diffractive optical element. We describe the experimental evaluation of the diffractive optical element, and the phase-locked operation of the laser bar.

  20. Coherent Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) using a fiber grating external cavity laser

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    Huang, Kao-Yang; Carter, Gary M.

    1994-12-01

    An optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) system containing a narrow linewidth fiber grating external cavity laser is demonstrated to have 62-dB of sensitivity when detecting Fresnel backreflection and 2 m of resolution at a 115 m range in optical fiber. With this system we were able to detect Rayleigh backscattering in optical fiber with 20-dB signal-to-noise ratio. The phase noise limitation on the distance range for the OFDR was investigated, and the measured signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) data followed the theoretical simulation over the ranges measured. This technique has potential to be applied to the OFDR at 1550 nm with very high dynamic range by using an erbium doped fiber laser.

  1. Construction and characterization of external cavity diode lasers for atomic physics.

    PubMed

    Hardman, Kyle S; Bennetts, Shayne; Debs, John E; Kuhn, Carlos C N; McDonald, Gordon D; Robins, Nick

    2014-01-01

    Since their development in the late 1980s, cheap, reliable external cavity diode lasers (ECDLs) have replaced complex and expensive traditional dye and Titanium Sapphire lasers as the workhorse laser of atomic physics labs. Their versatility and prolific use throughout atomic physics in applications such as absorption spectroscopy and laser cooling makes it imperative for incoming students to gain a firm practical understanding of these lasers. This publication builds upon the seminal work by Wieman, updating components, and providing a video tutorial. The setup, frequency locking and performance characterization of an ECDL will be described. Discussion of component selection and proper mounting of both diodes and gratings, the factors affecting mode selection within the cavity, proper alignment for optimal external feedback, optics setup for coarse and fine frequency sensitive measurements, a brief overview of laser locking techniques, and laser linewidth measurements are included. PMID:24796259

  2. Frequency characterization of a swept- and fixed-wavelength external-cavity quantum cascade laser by use of a frequency comb.

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    Knabe, Kevin; Williams, Paul A; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R; Armacost, Chris M; Crivello, Sam; Radunsky, Michael B; Newbury, Nathan R

    2012-05-21

    The instantaneous optical frequency of an external-cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL) is characterized by comparison to a near-infrared frequency comb. Fluctuations in the instantaneous optical frequency are analyzed to determine the frequency-noise power spectral density for the external-cavity QCL both during fixed-wavelength and swept-wavelength operation. The noise performance of a near-infrared external-cavity diode laser is measured for comparison. In addition to providing basic frequency metrology of external-cavity QCLs, this comb-calibrated swept QCL system can be applied to rapid, precise broadband spectroscopy in the mid-infrared spectral region. PMID:22714230

  3. Development of a high intensity laser for efficient spin exchange optical pumping in a spin maser measurement of the 129Xe EDM

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    Funayama, Chikako; Furukawa, Takeshi; Sato, Tomoya; Ichikawa, Yuichi; Ohtomo, Yuichi; Sakamoto, Yu; Kojima, Shuichiro; Suzuki, Takahiro; Chikamori, Masatoshi; Hikota, Eri; Tsuchiya, Masato; Yoshimi, Akihiro; Bidinosti, Christopher; Ino, Takashi; Ueno, Hideki; Matsuo, Yukari; Fukuyama, Takeshi; Asahi, Koichiro

    2014-09-01

    We aim to search for an atomic electric dipole moment (EDM) in 129Xe beyond the present upper limit at the level of 10-28 e cm. The enhancement of the spin polarization through the efficient spin-exchange optical pumping process is important for stable maser operation. Previously, a distributed feedback (DFB) laser and a spatially separated tapered amplifier (TA) were used for the optical pumping. The characteristics of the TA-DFB laser, such as its narrow line width and high frequency stability, enable us to produce a large spin polarization. However, the power of the TA-DFB laser was not sufficient for stable operation of the 3He spin-maser comagnetometer. Recently, we have been preparing a new laser system containing an external cavity laser diode (ECLD) and a more intense TA for more efficient pumping. In the presentation, we discuss the Rb and noble gases polarizations achieved with our new ECLD compared to that with the DFB laser, and evaluate the advantages gained by employing the ECLD.

  4. Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping of Alkali Salts

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    Olsen, Ben; Patton, Brian; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, Will; Ishikawa, Kiyoshi

    2008-05-01

    Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping (SEOP) is a technique used to polarize nuclei in excess of their equilibrium limit. SEOP is achieved by optically pumping an alkali vapor which then transfers angular momentum to the nuclei of interest. We have recently hyperpolarized ^133Cs nuclei in solid CsH using SEOP, achieving magnetizations more than an order of magnitude larger than the thermal equilibrium value.ootnotetextIshikawa et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 183004 (2007) In subsequent work, we investigate the mechanisms underlying this transfer of angular momentum. By optically pumping Cs vapor with laser light resonant with several optical transitions, each yielding different nuclear and electronic spin currents to the solid, we attempt to determine the source of transferred angular momentum. Early evidence suggests both electronic and nuclear spin polarization in the vapor contribute to ^133Cs nuclear polarization in the salt. The ^1H polarization is also mildly affected by optical pumping. We compare these results to numerical simulations and to results from other alkali salts. Further studies are warranted to discover if polarization can be transferred to other nuclei (e.g., alkali salts) on the cell walls.

  5. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2011-09-27

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  6. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2005-03-08

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  7. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2015-06-23

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  8. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2014-02-11

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  9. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Weiss, Shimon; Schlam, Michael C; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2014-03-25

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit tight of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  10. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, Paul A.

    2015-11-10

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit tight of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  11. Electronic displays using optically pumped luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Weiss, Shimon; Schlamp, Michael C.; Alivisatos, A. Paul

    2010-04-13

    A multicolor electronic display is based on an array of luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals. Nanocrystals which emit light of different colors are grouped into pixels. The nanocrystals are optically pumped to produce a multicolor display. Different sized nanocrystals are used to produce the different colors. A variety of pixel addressing systems can be used.

  12. Density scaling of an optically pumped lithium negative ion source

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    McGeoch, M.W.; Schlier, R.E.

    1987-07-30

    An experiment is described in which a high density of lithium negative ions (1 x 10/sup 10/ cm/sup -3/) is generated by dissociative attachment of electrons to optically pumped lithium molecules. During a three microsecond period up to 7% of electrons are attached. The possibilities for increased Li/sup -/ density are explored.

  13. Rubidium Optical Pumping for an Electron Spin Filter

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    Norrgard, Eric

    2010-03-01

    Our group is designing a novel polarized electron source based on spin exchange between an incident beam of electrons and an optically-pumped rubidium vapor target [1,2]. An overview of the spin filter design will be provided. I will then discuss optical pumping of rubidium and techniques for measuring spin polarization. An anomalous Rb polarization reversal detected when varying the wavelength of a pump laser with a spectral width of about 6 percent of the absorption profile of the Rb D2 transition width over the absorption profile will be examined. In the rubidium electron spin filter, viable spin exchange is thought to occur in the immediate vicinity of the exit aperture of the optical pumping region. Therefore, optical techniques for mapping the spatial dependence of a pumped Rb sample will be discussed, and measurements of Rb polarization throughout the optically-pump region will be presented.[4pt] [1] H. Batelaan et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 82, 4216 (1999).[0pt] [2] M.A. Rosenberry, J.P. Reyes, D. Tupa, T.J. Gay Phys. Rev. A 75, 023401 (2007).

  14. High performance surface-emitting lasers with dry etched facets

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    Ou, S. S.; Jansen, M.; Yang, J. J.; Sergant, M.; Mawst, L. J.; Botez, D.; Roth, T. J.; Hess, C.; Tu, C.

    1992-12-01

    The fabrication, performance characteristics, and applications of monolithic in-plane surface-emitting lasers (IPSELs) with dry-etched 45-degree micromirrors are reviewed. Several types of such laser diode structures in both junction-up and junction-down configurations are considered. The performance goals for IPSELs with 45-degree micromirrors are high power and efficiency, high duty cycle and CW operation, good reliability, and high fabrication yields. The proposed approach for achieving these goals includes uniform quantum well material growth and dry etching of the laser micromirrors with tight fabrication tolerances.

  15. High-speed modulation of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Hietala, V.M.; Armendariz, M.G.; Choquette, K.D.; Lear, K.L.

    1998-03-01

    This report summarizes work on the development of high-speed vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for multi-gigabit per second optical data communications applications (LDRD case number 3506.010). The program resulted in VCSELs that operate with an electrical bandwidth of 20 GHz along with a simultaneous conversion efficiency (DC to light) of about 20%. To achieve the large electrical bandwidth, conventional VCSELs were appropriately modified to reduce electrical parasitics and adapted for microwave probing for high-speed operation.

  16. Graphene surface emitting terahertz laser: Diffusion pumping concept

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    Davoyan, Arthur R.; Morozov, Mikhail Yu.; Popov, Vyacheslav V.; Satou, Akira; Otsuji, Taiichi

    2013-12-16

    We suggest a concept of a tunable graphene-based terahertz (THz) surface emitting laser with diffusion pumping. We employ significant difference in the electronic energy gap of graphene and a typical wide-gap semiconductor, and demonstrate that carriers generated in the semiconductor can be efficiently captured by graphene resulting in population inversion and corresponding THz lasing from graphene. We develop design principles for such a laser and estimate its performance. We predict up to 50 W/cm{sup 2} terahertz power output for 100 kW/cm{sup 2} pump power at frequency around 10 THz at room temperature.

  17. Use of external cavity quantum cascade laser compliance voltage in real-time trace gas sensing of multiple chemicals

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Kriesel, Jason M.

    2015-02-08

    We describe a prototype trace gas sensor designed for real-time detection of multiple chemicals. The sensor uses an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) swept over its tuning range of 940-1075 cm-1 (9.30-10.7 µm) at a 10 Hz repetition rate.

  18. Analysis and Design of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers

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    Yu, S. F.

    2003-08-01

    A practical, hands-on guidebook for the efficient modeling of VCSELs Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) are a unique type of semiconductor laser whose optical output is vertically emitted from the surface as opposed to conventional edge-emitting semiconductor lasers. Complex in design and expensive to produce, VCSELs nevertheless represent an already widely used laser technology that promises to have even more significant applications in the future. Although the research has accelerated, there have been relatively few books written on this important topic. Analysis and Design of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers seeks to encapsulate this growing body of knowledge into a single, comprehensive reference that will be of equal value for both professionals and academics in the field. The author, a recognized expert in the field of VCSELs, attempts to clarify often conflicting assumptions in order to help readers achieve the simplest and most efficient VCSEL models for any given problem. Highlights of the text include: * A clear and comprehensive theoretical treatment of VCSELs * Detailed derivations for understanding the operational principles of VCSELs * Mathematical models for the investigation of electrical, optical, and thermal properties of VCSELs * Case studies on the mathematical modeling of VCSELs and the implementation of simulation programs

  19. Submonolayer Quantum Dots for High Speed Surface Emitting Lasers

    PubMed Central

    2007-01-01

    We report on progress in growth and applications of submonolayer (SML) quantum dots (QDs) in high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). SML deposition enables controlled formation of high density QD arrays with good size and shape uniformity. Further increase in excitonic absorption and gain is possible with vertical stacking of SML QDs using ultrathin spacer layers. Vertically correlated, tilted or anticorrelated arrangements of the SML islands are realized and allow QD strain and wavefunction engineering. Respectively, both TE and TM polarizations of the luminescence can be achieved in the edge-emission using the same constituting materials. SML QDs provide ultrahigh modal gain, reduced temperature depletion and gain saturation effects when used in active media in laser diodes. Temperature robustness up to 100 °C for 0.98 μm range vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) is realized in the continuous wave regime. An open eye 20 Gb/s operation with bit error rates better than 10−12has been achieved in a temperature range 25–85 °Cwithout current adjustment. Relaxation oscillations up to ∼30 GHz have been realized indicating feasibility of 40 Gb/s signal transmission. PMID:21794188

  20. Interaction of phase and amplitude shaping in an external cavity semiconductor laser

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    Pilny, Rouven H.; Döpke, Benjamin; Balzer, Jan C.; Brenner, Carsten; Klehr, Andreas; Erbert, Götz; Tränkle, Günther; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2016-03-01

    Ultrashort pulse generation with semiconductor lasers poses a promising alternative to currently available femtosecond laser sources like solid state and fiber lasers. Semiconductor devices can be produced inexpensively, are energy efficient and their wavelength can be designed by band gap engineering. Furthermore they feature a tunable repetition rate. Yet pulse duration and peak power of those devices limit their potential for applications so far. However, recent research demonstrated a reduction of the pulse width from 534 fs (full width half maximum) to 216 fs by shaping the spectrally resolved spectral phase and amplitude inside the cavity. The utilized system consisted of a mode-locked edge emitting semiconductor laser diode, a spatial light modulator inside the external cavity to carry out the pulse shaping and an evolutionary algorithm to optimize the phase and amplitude. Here we present the results of separate phase and amplitude shaping as well as their interaction if optimized together at the same time. Furthermore we demonstrate the flexibility of the phase and amplitude shaping with respect to each other. Thus we expect of our system to enable adaptation to a resonator external dispersion.

  1. Detection of Protein–Small Molecule Binding Using a Self-Referencing External Cavity Laser Biosensor

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    2015-01-01

    High-throughput screening has enabled the identification of small molecule modulators of important drug targets via well-established colorimetric or fluorimetric activity assays. However, existing methods to identify small molecule binders of nonenzymatic protein targets lack either the simplicity (e.g., require labeling one of the binding partners with a reporter) or throughput inherent in enzymatic assays widely used for HTS. Thus, there is intense interest in the development of high-throughput technologies for label-free detection of protein–small molecule interactions. Here we describe a novel self-referencing external cavity laser (ECL) biosensor approach that achieves high resolution and high sensitivity, while eliminating thermal noise with subpicometer wavelength accuracy. Using the self-referencing ECL biosensor, we demonstrate detection of binding between small molecules and a variety of immobilized protein targets, pairs that have binding affinities or inhibition constants ranging from subnanomolar to low micromolar. Finally, a “needle-in-the-haystack” screen for inhibitors against carbonic anhydrase isozyme II is performed, in which known inhibitors are clearly differentiated from inactive molecules within a compound library. PMID:24720510

  2. Characterization of a swept external cavity quantum cascade laser for rapid broadband spectroscopy and sensing.

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    Brumfield, Brian E; Taubman, Matthew S; Suter, Jonathan D; Phillips, Mark C

    2015-10-01

    The performance of a rapidly swept external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) system combined with an open-path Herriott cell was evaluated for time-resolved measurements of chemical species with broad and narrow absorption spectra. A spectral window spanning 1278 - 1390 cm(-1) was acquired at a 200 Hz acquisition rate, corresponding to a tuning rate of 2x10(4) cm(-1)/s, with a spectral resolution of 0.2 cm(-1). The capability of the ECQCL to measure < 100 ppbv changes in nitrous oxide (N(2)O) and 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (F134A) concentrations on millisecond timescales was demonstrated in simulated plume studies with releases near the open-path Herriott cell. Absorbance spectra measured using the ECQCL system exhibited noise-equivalent absorption coefficients of 5x10(-9) cm(-1)Hz(-1/2). For a spectrum acquisition time of 5 ms, noise-equivalent concentrations (NEC) for N(2)O and F134A were measured to be 70 and 16 ppbv respectively, which improved to sub-ppbv levels with averaging to 100 s. Noise equivalent column densities of 0.64 and 0.25 ppmv × m in 1 sec are estimated for N(2)O and F134A. PMID:26480072

  3. On multiple component detection in molecular plasmas using cw external-cavity quantum cascade infrared lasers

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    Lopatik, Dmitry; Lang, Norbert; Macherius, Uwe; Zimmermann, Henrik; Roepcke, Juergen

    2012-10-01

    Several cw external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) have been tested as radiation sources for an absorption spectrometer focused on the analysis of molecular plasmas. Based on the wide spectral tunability of EC-QCLs multiple species detection is demonstrated in low pressure Ar/N2 MW plasmas containing CH4 as hydrocarbon precursor. Using the direct absorption technique the evolution of the concentrations of CH4, C2H2, HCN and H2O has been monitored depending on the discharge conditions (p= 0.5 mbar, f= 2.45 GHz) in a planar MW plasma reactor. The concentrations were found to be in the range of 10 ^11 -- 10 ^14 molecules cm-3. Based on the profiles of absorption lines the gas temperature Tg has been calculated in dependence on the discharge power. Changing the discharge power from 0.2 kW to 1 kW leads to an increase of Tg from 400 to 700 K. The typical spectral line width of the EC-QCLs under the study was about 30 MHz. Varying the power values of an EC-QCL for direct absorption measurements at low pressure conditions no saturation effects in determining the concentrations of CH4 and C2H2 could be found under the used conditions.

  4. Comparison of spectral beam combining based on an external cavity with and without microlens array

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    Zhan, Sheng-bao; Wu, Zhuo-liang; Zhang, Jie; Wen, Jun; Liu, Quan-jin

    2016-03-01

    An experimental system of spectral beam combining based on external cavity with a microlens array has been designed and built. According to the theoretical models established, the influence of the transverse offsets on coupling efficiency and beam quality with and without a microlens array were compared. The simulation results show that the incorporation of microlens can significantly improve the coupling efficiency and beam quality. In the experiment of individual fiber laser, the fiber laser can be tunable in a range of 40.23 nm with a microlens, wider than the one without the microlens (36.25 nm). In the spectral beam combining experiment of two fiber lasers with a microlens array, the combined efficiency is 77% with the output power of 695 mW and the beam quality factor (Mx2 ) of 1.27, and for the system without the microlens array, the combining efficiency is 75% with the output power of 660 mW and the beam quality factor (Mx2) of 1.31. The experiment results show that the SBC system with a microlens array has slightly better performance than that without the microlens array, which is almost consistent with the theoretical analysis results for the fiber array width of 0-2.5 mm.

  5. Modulation performance of semiconductor laser coupled with an ultra-short external cavity

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    Ahmed, Moustafa; Bakry, Ahmed

    2016-02-01

    We present modeling on the evaluation of the modulation performance of semiconductor laser coupled with an ultra-short external cavity in terms of the intensity modulation (IM) response, relative intensity noise (RIN), carrier to noise ratio (CNR), and frequency chirp. The modulation is characterized along the period-doubling (PD) route to chaos induced by optical feedback (OFB). We focus on the possibility of increasing the modulation bandwidth by improving the carrier-photon resonance (CPR) frequency or inducing resonant modulation due to photon-photon resonance (PPR). We show that along the route to chaos, OFB could increase the CPR frequency and improve the 3 dB-modulation bandwidth from 19 GHz to 28 GHz. When strong OFB keeps the continuous wave (CW) operation or induces periodic oscillation (PO), PPR becomes significant and reveals resonance modulation over mm-frequency passband exceeding 50 GHz. Both CNR and frequency chirp are also enhanced around the CPR and PPR frequencies. The highest CNR peak is obtained when modulating the CW or PO laser, whereas the maximum peak of chirp corresponds to non-modulated chaotic laser.

  6. Detection of protein-small molecule binding using a self-referencing external cavity laser biosensor.

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    Zhang, Meng; Peh, Jessie; Hergenrother, Paul J; Cunningham, Brian T

    2014-04-23

    High-throughput screening has enabled the identification of small molecule modulators of important drug targets via well-established colorimetric or fluorimetric activity assays. However, existing methods to identify small molecule binders of nonenzymatic protein targets lack either the simplicity (e.g., require labeling one of the binding partners with a reporter) or throughput inherent in enzymatic assays widely used for HTS. Thus, there is intense interest in the development of high-throughput technologies for label-free detection of protein-small molecule interactions. Here we describe a novel self-referencing external cavity laser (ECL) biosensor approach that achieves high resolution and high sensitivity, while eliminating thermal noise with subpicometer wavelength accuracy. Using the self-referencing ECL biosensor, we demonstrate detection of binding between small molecules and a variety of immobilized protein targets, pairs that have binding affinities or inhibition constants ranging from subnanomolar to low micromolar. Finally, a "needle-in-the-haystack" screen for inhibitors against carbonic anhydrase isozyme II is performed, in which known inhibitors are clearly differentiated from inactive molecules within a compound library. PMID:24720510

  7. Angle-resolved scattering spectroscopy of explosives using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-01-01

    We present a study of the spectral and angular dependence of the diffuse scatter of mid-infrared (MIR) laser light from explosives residues on surfaces. Experiments were performed using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) tunable between 7 and 8 μm (1270 to 1400 cm-1) for surface illumination. A mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) detector was used to detect backscattered spectra as a function of surface angle at a 2 meter standoff. A ferroelectric focal plane array was used to build hyperspectral images at a 0.5 meter standoff. Residues of RDX, tetryl, and TNT were investigated on surfaces including a painted car door for angles between zero (specular) and 50 degrees. We observe spectral signatures of the explosives in the diffuse scattering geometry which differ significantly from those observed in transmission geometries. Characterization of the scattered light spectra of explosives on surfaces will be essential for understanding the performance of standoff explosives detection instruments and developing robust spectral analysis techniques.

  8. Spectral dynamics of picosecond gain-switched pulses from nitride-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

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    Chen, Shaoqiang; Ito, Takashi; Asahara, Akifumi; Yoshita, Masahiro; Liu, Wenjie; Zhang, Jiangyong; Zhang, Baoping; Suemoto, Tohru; Akiyama, Hidefumi

    2014-01-01

    Short pulses generated from low-cost semiconductor lasers by a simple gain-switching technique have attracted enormous attention because of their potential usage in wide applications. Therein, reducing the durations of gain-switched pulses is a key technical point for promoting their applications. Therefore, understanding the dynamic characteristics of gain-switched pulses is highly desirable. Herein, we used streak camera to investigate the time- and spectral-resolved lasing characteristics of gain-switched pulses from optically pumped InGaN single-mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers. We found that fast initial components with ultra-short durations far below our temporal resolution of 5.5 ps emerged on short-wavelength sides, while the entire pulses were down-chirped, resulting in the simultaneous broadening of the spectrum and pulse width. The measured chirp characteristics were quantitatively explained using a single-mode rate-equation model, combined with carrier-density-dependent gain and index models. The observed universal fast short-wavelength components can be useful in generating even shorter pulses from gain-switched semiconductor lasers. PMID:24710268

  9. New Method for Light Shift Elimination in Optical Pumping Systems

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    McGuyer, Bart; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, William

    2009-05-01

    We present a new method to eliminate the light shift in atomic frequency standards and other optical pumping systems. This method uses only frequency modulation of a radio frequency or microwave source in order to simultaneously lock the source frequency to an atomic resonance and lock the pumping light to eliminate the light shift. In contrast, conventional stabilization of both sources requires two individual modulation schemes and feedback loops, adding complexity. Our method kills two birds with one stone. The method uses fewer additional components and offers improved performance, reduced cost, and easier miniaturization than previous methods. In particular, few modifications are required for implementation in conventional vapor-cell atomic clocks. We believe this technique will be useful for atomic frequency standards and other optical pumping systems that experience the light shift. We will present experimental results validating this method in a vapor-cell clock, and will also present numerical results verifying this method.

  10. Bulk nuclear polarization enhanced at room temperature by optical pumping.

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    Fischer, Ran; Bretschneider, Christian O; London, Paz; Budker, Dmitry; Gershoni, David; Frydman, Lucio

    2013-08-01

    Bulk (13)C polarization can be strongly enhanced in diamond at room temperature based on the optical pumping of nitrogen-vacancy color centers. This effect was confirmed by irradiating single crystals at a ~50 mT field promoting anticrossings between electronic excited-state levels, followed by shuttling of the sample into an NMR setup and by subsequent (13)C detection. A nuclear polarization of ~0.5%--equivalent to the (13)C polarization achievable by thermal polarization at room temperature at fields of ~2000 T--was measured, and its bulk nature determined based on line shape and relaxation measurements. Positive and negative enhanced polarizations were obtained, with a generally complex but predictable dependence on the magnetic field during optical pumping. Owing to its simplicity, this (13)C room temperature polarizing strategy provides a promising new addition to existing nuclear hyperpolarization techniques. PMID:23952444

  11. Synchronous Spin Exchange Optical Pumping for Precision NMR

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    Korver, Anna; Weber, Josh; Thrasher, Daniel; Walker, Thad

    2016-05-01

    We present the successful execution of synchronous spin exchange optical pumping for precision NMR. In this novel form of NMR, the bias field is applied as a sequence of alkali 2 π pulses; the resulting transverse alkali polarization is then modulated at the NMR frequency and spin exchange collisions build up a transverse precessing noble gas polarization. As compared to longitudinally pumped NMR, this method suppresses the alkali frequency shift by over a factor of 2500. We also discuss how we use synchronous spin exchange optical pumping to excite two noble gas species simultaneously. With dual species operation, we are able to use one species to lock the magnetic field while the other is left to detect nonmagnetic interactions. This method promises to achieve NMR frequency uncertainties of 100nHz/√{ Hz}. Research supported by the NSF and Northrop-Grumman Corp.

  12. Optically pumped pulsed Li/sub 2/ laser

    SciTech Connect

    Kaslin, V.; Yakushev, O.

    1982-02-01

    Pulsed lasing was obtained for the first time from Li/sub 2/ molecules by optical pumping with radiation from a pulsed copper vapor laser (578.2 nm, pulse repetition frequency 5 kHz). The laser transitions, with wavelengths in the range 867--907 nm, belong to the electronic A/sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub u/--X/sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub g/ system. With a pump power of 190 mW, an average output power of 8 mW was achieved with an efficiency for the conversion of the optical pumping energy of 7%. A number of Li/sub 2/ laser emission lines were observed in the superradiant regime.

  13. Method and apparatus for efficient operation of optically pumped laser

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    Sipes, Jr., Donald L. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    An optically pumped single mode laser, e.g., Nd:YAG crystal (20) with planoconcave mirrors is increased in efficiency by an order of magnitude to about 8% by optics (25, 27) for focusing the high power multimode output of laser diode arrays (21, 22) into the mode volume (20') of the laser medium (20). A plurality of these optically pumped single mode lasers (1-4) may be cascaded in a ring with dichroic mirrors (M.sub.1 -M.sub.4) at the corners for coupling in the laser diode arrays, each having its own means for spatially tailoring its beam to concentrate pump distribution inside the lasing mode volume of the medium. An InGaAlAs pump diode (30) with its wavelength the same as the lasing medium makes the ring unidirectional.

  14. Microfabricated Optically-Pumped Magnetometers for Biomagnetic Applications

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    Knappe, Svenja; Alem, Orang; Sheng, Dong; Kitching, John

    2016-06-01

    We report on the progress in developing microfabricated optically-pumped magnetometer arrays for imaging applications. We have improved our sensitivities by several orders of magnitude in the last ten years. Now, our zero-field magnetometers reach noise values below 15 fT/Hz1/2. Recently, we have also developed gradiometers to reject ambient magnetic field noise. We have built several imaging arrays and validated them for biomedical measurements of brain and heart activity.

  15. Single-mode operation of mushroom structure surface emitting lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Y.J.; Dziura, T.G.; Wang, S.C. ); Du, G.; Wang, S. )

    1991-01-01

    Mushroom structure vertical cavity surface emitting lasers with a 0.6 {mu}m GaAs active layer sandwiched by two Al{sub 0.6{sup {minus}}}Ga{sub 0.4}As-Al{sub 0.08}Ga{sub 0.92}As multilayers as top and bottom mirrors exhibit 15 mA pulsed threshold current at 880 nm. Single longitudinal and single transverse mode operation was achieved on lasers with a 5 {mu}m diameter active region at current levels near 2 {times} I{sub th}. The light output above threshold current was linearly polarized with a polarization ratio of 25:1.

  16. Oxide-Confined Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Liu, W. L.; Li, L.; Zhong, J. C.; Zhao, Y. J.; Zeng, L. N.; Yan, C. L.

    Novel distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) with 6-pair-GaAs/AlAs short period superlattice for the oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) are designed. They are for the VCSEL that emits at 840 nm and is grown with 34-period n-type mirrors, three-quantum-well active region, and 22-period p-type mirrors. In addition, a 35-nm-layer of Al0.98Ga0.02As was inserted in the top mirrors for being selectively oxidized. The maximum output power is more than 2 mW with low threshold current of about 2 mA. The fact that the device's threshold current in both CW and pulsed operation depends slightly on the operation temperature shows its higher characteristic temperature (T0).

  17. Low threshold planarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Geels, R.S.; Corzine, S.W.; Scott, J.W.; Young, D.B.; Coldren, L.A. )

    1990-04-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers have been fabricated utilizing a novel self-aligned process to provide planarized contacts. A single 80 {angstrom} In{sub 0.2}Ga{sub 0.8}As strained quantum well was used in the active region. Emission was at 963 nm. Threshold currents under continuous-wave room temperature operation of 1.1 mA, at 4.0 V bias, were measured for numerous 12 {times} 12 {mu}m square devices. Corresponding threshold current densities are 800 A/cm{sup 2} (600 A/cm{sup 2} for broad area devices). These are the lowest figures yet reported for this type of device. The effect of interface grading on mirror resistance was also investigated.

  18. Broadband spectroscopy with external cavity quantum cascade lasers beyond conventional absorption measurements.

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    Lambrecht, Armin; Pfeifer, Marcel; Konz, Werner; Herbst, Johannes; Axtmann, Felix

    2014-05-01

    Laser spectroscopy is a powerful tool for analyzing small molecules, i.e. in the gas phase. In the mid-infrared spectral region quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) have been established as the most frequently used laser radiation source. Spectroscopy of larger molecules in the gas phase, of complex mixtures, and analysis in the liquid phase requires a broader tuning range and is thus still the domain of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. However, the development of tunable external cavity (EC) QCLs is starting to change this situation. The main advantage of QCLs is their high spectral emission power that is enhanced by a factor of 10(4) compared with thermal light sources. Obviously, transmission measurements with EC-QCLs in strongly absorbing samples are feasible, which can hardly be measured by FTIR due to detector noise limitations. We show that the high power of EC-QCLs facilitates spectroscopy beyond simple absorption measurements. Starting from QCL experiments with liquid samples, we show results of fiber evanescent field analysis (FEFA) to detect pesticides in drinking water. FEFA is a special case of attenuated total reflection spectroscopy. Furthermore, powerful CW EC-QCLs enable fast vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy of chiral molecules in the liquid phase - a technique which is very time consuming with standard FTIR equipment. We present results obtained for the chiral compound 1,1'-bi-2-naphthol (BINOL). Finally, powerful CW EC-QCLs enable the application of laser photothermal emission spectroscopy (LPTES). We demonstrate this for a narrowband and broadband absorber in the gas phase. All three techniques have great potential for MIR process analytical applications. PMID:24367797

  19. Wavelength beam combining of a 980-nm tapered diode laser bar in an external cavity

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    Vijayakumar, Deepak; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Thestrup, Birgitte

    2010-04-01

    High power diode lasers are used in a large number of applications. A limiting factor for more widespread use of broad area lasers is the poor beam quality. Gain guided tapered diode lasers are ideal candidates for industrial applications that demands watt level output power with good beam quality. By adapting a bar geometry, the output power could be scaled even up to several tens of watts. Unfortunately, the high divergence which is a characteristic feature of the bar geometry could lead to a degradation of the overall beam quality of the laser bar. However, spectral beam combining is an effective solution for preserving the beam quality of the bar in the range of that of a single emitter and at the same time, enabling the power scaling. We report spectral beam combining applied to a 12 emitter tapered laser bar at 980 nm. The external cavity has been designed for a wavelength separation of 4.0 nm between the emitters. An output power of 9 W has been achieved at an operating current of 30 A. The combined beam had an M2 value (1/e2) of 5.3 along the slow axis which is comparable to that of a single tapered emitter on the laser bar. The overall beam combining efficiency was measured to be 63%. The output spectrum of the individual emitters was narrowed considerably. In the free running mode, the individual emitters displayed a broad spectrum of the order of 0.5-1.0 nm while the spectral width has been reduced to 30-100 pm in the spectral beam combining mode.

  20. Antireflection-coated blue GaN laser diodes in an external cavity and Doppler-free indium absorption spectroscopy.

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    Hildebrandt, Lars; Knispel, Richard; Stry, Sandra; Sacher, Joachim R; Schael, Frank

    2003-04-20

    Commercially available GaN-based laser diodes were antireflection coated in our laboratory and operated in an external cavity in a Littrow configuration. A total tuning range of typically 4 nm and an optical output power of up to 30 mW were observed after optimization of the external cavity. The linewidth was measured with a beterodyne technique, and 0.8 MHz at a sweep time of 50 ms was obtained. The mode-hop-free tuning range was more than 50 GHz. We demonstrated the performance of the laser by detecting the saturated absorption spectrum of atomic indium at 410 nm, allowing observation of well-resolved Lamb dips. PMID:12716152

  1. High-power quantum-dot tapered tunable external-cavity lasers based on chirped and unchirped structures.

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    Haggett, Stephanie; Krakowski, Michel; Montrosset, Ivo; Cataluna, Maria Ana

    2014-09-22

    A high-power tunable external cavity laser configuration with a tapered quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifier at its core is presented, enabling a record output power for a broadly tunable semiconductor laser source in the 1.2 - 1.3 µm spectral region. Two distinct optical amplifiers are investigated, using either chirped or unchirped quantum-dot structures, and their merits are compared, considering the combination of tunability and high output power generation. At 1230 nm, the chirped quantum-dot laser achieved a maximum power of 0.62 W and demonstrated nearly 100-nm tunability. The unchirped laser enabled a tunability range of 32 nm and at 1254 nm generated a maximum power of 0.97 W, representing a 22-fold increase in output power compared with similar narrow-ridge external-cavity lasers at the same current density. PMID:25321756

  2. Tunable high-power narrow-linewidth semiconductor laser based on an external-cavity tapered amplifier.

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    Chi, Mingjun; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Holm, Jesper; Pedersen, Christian; Andersen, Peter Eskil; Erbert, Götz; Sumpf, Bernd; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2005-12-26

    A high-power narrow-linewidth laser system based on a tapered semiconductor optical amplifier in external cavity is demonstrated. The external cavity laser system uses a new tapered amplifier with a super-large optical-cavity (SLOC) design that leads to improved performance of the external cavity diode lasers. The laser system is tunable over a 29 nm range centered at 802 nm. As high as 1.95 W output power is obtained at 803.84 nm, and an output power above 1.5 W is achieved from 793 to 812 nm at operating current of 3.0 A. The emission linewidth is below 0.004 nm and the beam quality factor M2 is below 1.3 over the 29 nm tunable range. As an example of application, the laser system is used as a pump source for the generation of 405 nm blue light by single-pass frequency doubling in a periodically poled KTiOPO4. An output power of 24 mW at 405 nm, corresponding to a conversion efficiency of 0.83%/W is attained. PMID:19503273

  3. On the application of cw external cavity quantum cascade infrared lasers for plasma diagnostics

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    Lopatik, D.; Lang, N.; Macherius, U.; Zimmermann, H.; Röpcke, J.

    2012-11-01

    Three continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs) operating between 1305 and 2260 cm-1 (4.42-7.66 µm) have been tested as radiation sources for an absorption spectrometer focused on the analysis of physical and chemical phenomena in molecular plasmas. Based on the wide spectral tunability of EC-QCLs, multiple species detection has become feasible and is demonstrated in a study of low-pressure Ar/N2 microwave plasmas containing methane as a hydrocarbon precursor. Using the direct absorption technique, the evolution of the concentrations of CH4, C2H2, HCN and H2O has been monitored depending on the discharge conditions at a pressure of p = 0.5 mbar and at a frequency of f = 2.45 GHz in a planar microwave plasma reactor. The concentrations were found to be in the range of 1011-1014 molecules cm-3. In addition, based on the analysis of the line profile of selected absorption lines, the gas temperature Tg has been calculated in dependence on the discharge power. Tg increased with the power values and was in the range between 400 and 700 K. Further, in a pure He/Ar microwave plasma, the wavelength modulation spectroscopy technique has been applied for the sensitive detection of transient plasma species with absorbencies down to 10-5. The typical spectral line width of an EC-QCL under the study was found to be in the range 24 to 38 MHz depending (i) on the chopping technique used and (ii) on a single or averaged measurement approach. Further, different methods for the modulation and tuning of the laser radiation have been tested. Varying the power values of an EC-QCL between 0.1 and 154 mW for direct absorption measurements under low pressure conditions, no saturation effects in determining the concentrations of methane, acetylene and carbon monoxide could be found under the experimental conditions used, i.e. for lines with line strengths between 10-19 and 10-22 cm molecule-1.

  4. Push-Pull Optical Pumping of Pure Superposition States

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    Jau, Y.-Y.; Miron, E.; Post, A. B.; Kuzma, N. N.; Happer, W.

    2004-10-01

    A new optical pumping method, “push-pull pumping,” can produce very nearly pure, coherent superposition states between the initial and the final sublevels of the important field-independent 0-0 clock resonance of alkali-metal atoms. The key requirement for push-pull pumping is the use of D1 resonant light which alternates between left and right circular polarization at the Bohr frequency of the state. The new pumping method works for a wide range of conditions, including atomic beams with almost no collisions, and atoms in buffer gases with pressures of many atmospheres.

  5. Magnetic Resonance Reversals in Optically Pumped Alkali-Metal Vapor

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    Gong, Fei; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, William

    2007-06-01

    We report an unusual new phenomenon, peculiar sign reversals of the ground-state magnetic resonances and of the ``zero-dip" resonance (Zeeman resonance at zero field) of optically-pumped, alkali-metal vapors. These anomalies occur when a ``weak" circular polarized D1 laser light is tuned to pump atoms predominantly from the lower ground-state hyperfine multiplet. One can understand the signal reversals in simple, semi-quantitative way with reference to this distribution. uantitative computer simulations are in excellent greement with observations.

  6. Magnetic resonance reversals in optically pumped alkali-metal vapor

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    Gong, F.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2007-05-01

    We report an unusual phenomenon, peculiar sign reversals of the ground-state magnetic resonances and of the zero-dip resonance (Zeeman resonance at zero field) of optically pumped, alkali-metal vapors. These anomalies occur when a weak circularly polarized D1 laser light is tuned to pump atoms predominantly from the lower ground-state hyperfine multiplet. One can understand the signal reversals in a simple, semiquantitative way with reference to the spin-temperature distribution. Quantitative computer simulations are in excellent agreement with observations.

  7. Note: Spin-exchange optical pumping in a van

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    Chauvin, C.; Liagre, L.; Boutin, C.; Mari, E.; Léonce, E.; Carret, G.; Coltrinari, B.; Berthault, P.

    2016-01-01

    The advent of spin-hyperpolarization techniques designed to overcome the sensitivity issue of nuclear magnetic resonance owing to polarization transfer from more ordered systems has recently raised great enthusiasm. However, the out-of-equilibrium character of the polarization requires a close proximity between the area of production and the site of use. We present here a mobile spin-exchange optical pumping setup that enables production of laser-polarized noble gases in a standalone mode, in close proximity to hospitals or research laboratories. Only compressed air and mains power need to be supplied by the host laboratory.

  8. Optically pumped subwavelength-scale metallodielectric nanopatch resonators.

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    Kwon, Kyungmok; You, Jong-Bum; Shim, Jaeho; Jung, Youngho; Yu, Kyoungsik

    2016-01-01

    We discuss subwavelength-scale semiconductor metal-optic resonators placed on the metal substrate with various top metal plate sizes. Albeit with large optical losses, addition of metal layers converts a leaky semiconductor nano-block into a highly-confined optical cavity. Optically pumped lasing action is observed with the extended top metal layer that can significantly suppress the radiation losses. Careful investigation of self-heating effects during the optical carrier injection process shows the importance of temperature-dependent material properties in the laser rate equation model and the overall laser performances. PMID:27549640

  9. Development of an optically pumped polarized deuterium target

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    Young, L.; Holt, R.J.; Green, M.C.; Kowalczyk, R.

    1987-01-01

    The development of a polarized deuterium target for internal use at an electron storage ring is of great interest for fundamental studies in nuclear physics. In order to achieve the maximum allowable target thickness, 10/sup 14/ nuclei/cm/sup 2/, consistent with various constraints imposed by the storage ring environment, a flux of 4 x 10/sup 17/ polarized atom/s must be provided. This flux exceeds the capability of conventional atomic beam sources by an order of magnitude. We have been developing an alternative source based upon the spin-exchange optical pumping method in which the flux is limited only by laser power. 7 refs., 1 fig.

  10. Optically pumped subwavelength-scale metallodielectric nanopatch resonators

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    Kwon, Kyungmok; You, Jong-bum; Shim, Jaeho; Jung, Youngho; Yu, Kyoungsik

    2016-01-01

    We discuss subwavelength-scale semiconductor metal-optic resonators placed on the metal substrate with various top metal plate sizes. Albeit with large optical losses, addition of metal layers converts a leaky semiconductor nano-block into a highly-confined optical cavity. Optically pumped lasing action is observed with the extended top metal layer that can significantly suppress the radiation losses. Careful investigation of self-heating effects during the optical carrier injection process shows the importance of temperature-dependent material properties in the laser rate equation model and the overall laser performances. PMID:27549640

  11. Four-channel optically pumped atomic magnetometer for magnetoencephalography.

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    Colombo, Anthony P; Carter, Tony R; Borna, Amir; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Johnson, Cort N; Dagel, Amber L; Schwindt, Peter D D

    2016-07-11

    We have developed a four-channel optically pumped atomic magnetometer for magnetoencephalography (MEG) that incorporates a passive diffractive optical element (DOE). The DOE allows us to achieve a long, 18-mm gradiometer baseline in a compact footprint on the head. Using gradiometry, the sensitivities of the channels are < 5 fT/Hz1/2, and the 3-dB bandwidths are approximately 90 Hz, which are both sufficient to perform MEG. Additionally, the channels are highly uniform, which offers the possibility of employing standard MEG post-processing techniques. This module will serve as a building block of an array for magnetic source localization. PMID:27410816

  12. DBR-free optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers

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    Yang, Zhou; Albrecht, Alexander R.; Cederberg, Jeffrey G.; Sheik-Bahae, Mansoor

    2015-03-01

    Optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs) provide high beam quality with high average-power power at designer wavelengths. However, material choices are limited by the need for a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), usually monolithically integrated with the active region. We demonstrate DBR-free SDL active regions, which have been lifted off and bonded to various transparent substrates. For an InGaAs multi-quantum well sample bonded to a diamond window heat spreader, we achieved CW lasing with an output power of 2 W at 1150 nm with good beam quality.

  13. Steady-state heating of active fibres under optical pumping

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    Gainov, V V; Shaidullin, R I; Ryabushkin, Oleg A

    2011-07-31

    We have measured the temperature in the core of rare-earth-doped optical fibres under lasing conditions at high optical pump powers using a fibre Mach - Zehnder interferometer and probe light of wavelength far away from the absorption bands of the active ions. From the observed heating kinetics of the active medium, the heat transfer coefficient on the polymer cladding - air interface has been estimated. The temperature of the active medium is shown to depend on the thermal and optical properties of the polymer cladding. (fiber and integrated optics)

  14. Visible light emitting vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Bryan, R.P.; Olbright, G.R.; Lott, J.A.; Schneider, R.P. Jr.

    1995-06-27

    A vertical cavity surface emitting laser that emits visible radiation is built upon a substrate, then having mirrors, the first mirror on top of the substrate; both sets of mirrors being a distributed Bragg reflector of either dielectrics or other materials which affect the resistivity or of semiconductors, such that the structure within the mirror comprises a plurality of sets, each having a thickness of {lambda}/2n where n is the index of refraction of each of the sets; each of the mirrors adjacent to spacers which are on either side of an optically active bulk or quantum well layer; and the spacers and the optically active layer are from one of the following material systems: In{sub z}(Al{sub y}Ga{sub 1{minus}y}){sub 1{minus}z}P, InAlGaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, or AlGaP/GaP, wherein the optically active region having a length equal to m {lambda}/2n{sub eff} where m is an integer and n{sub eff} is the effective index of refraction of the laser cavity, and the spacer layer and one of the mirrors being transmissive to radiation having a wavelength of {lambda}/n, typically within the green to red portion of the visible spectrum. 10 figs.

  15. Double photonic crystal vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Viktorovitch, Pierre; Sciancalepore, Corrado; Bakir, Badhise Ben; Letartre, Xavier; Seassal, Christian

    2013-03-01

    The periodic patterning of the optical medium achieved through photonic crystal membranes (PCMs) can be employed for controlling the resonant coupling of external radiation continuum to above-the-light-line flat edges of the folded band structure in strongly corrugated waveguides, resulting in high reflectivity for an efficient quasi-3D light harnessing. Recently, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) emitting in C-band using a double set of one-dimensional Si/SiO2 photonic crystals as compact, flexible, and power efficient mirrors have been realized within a mass-scale fabrication paradigm by employing standard 200-mm microelectronics pilot lines. Conceived as the basic building block for photonics-on-silicon back-end integration of group III-V laser microsources, the extreme flexibility of the novel photonic architecture enables to perform a tailored modal selection of the optical cavity, including polarization and far-field control. It also offers a wide range of functionality, such as on-chip optical routing and a variety of efficient wavelength tuning-trimming schemes. Device compactness ensures a considerable reduction in the device footprint, power consumption, and parasitics. Furthermore, high fabrication yields obtained thanks to the state-of-the-art molecular wafer bonding of III-V alloys on silicon conjugate excellent device performances with cost-effective high-throughput production, indicating strong perspective industrial potential.

  16. Visible light emitting vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Bryan, Robert P.; Olbright, Gregory R.; Lott, James A.; Schneider, Jr., Richard P.

    1995-01-01

    A vertical cavity surface emitting laser that emits visible radiation is built upon a substrate, then having mirrors, the first mirror on top of the substrate; both sets of mirrors being a distributed Bragg reflector of either dielectrics or other materials which affect the resistivity or of semiconductors, such that the structure within the mirror comprises a plurality of sets, each having a thickness of .lambda./2n where n is the index of refraction of each of the sets; each of the mirrors adjacent to spacers which are on either side of an optically active bulk or quantum well layer; and the spacers and the optically active layer are from one of the following material systems: In.sub.z (Al.sub.y Ga.sub.1-y).sub.1-z P, InAlGaAs, AlGaAs, InGaAs, or AlGaP/GaP, wherein the optically active region having a length equal to m .lambda./2n.sub.eff where m is an integer and n.sub.eff is the effective index of refraction of the laser cavity, and the spacer layer and one of the mirrors being transmissive to radiation having a wavelength of .lambda./n, typically within the green to red portion of the visible spectrum.

  17. Long-term Operation of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser-based Trace-gas Sensor for Building Air Monitoring

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Craig, Ian M.

    2013-11-03

    We analyze the long-term performance and stability of a trace-gas sensor based on an external cavity quantum cascade laser using data collected over a one-year period in a building air monitoring application.

  18. Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping of Solid Alkali Compounds

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    Patton, Brian; Ishikawa, Kiyoshi; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, William

    2007-03-01

    Spin-exchange optical pumping of noble gases has been used for many years to create highly non-equilibrium spin populations, with applications ranging from fundamental physics[1] to medical imaging[2]. In this procedure, angular momentum is transferred from circularly-polarized laser light to the electron spins of an alkali vapor and ultimately to the nuclei of a gas such as ^3He or ^129Xe. Here we show experimentally that a similar process can be used to polarize the nuclei of a solid film of cesium hydride which coats the walls of an optical pumping cell. We present nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data which demonstrate that the nuclear polarization of ^133Cs in CsH can be enhanced above the Boltzmann limit in a 9.4-Tesla magnetic field. Possible spin-exchange mechanisms will be discussed, as well as the extension of this technique to other compounds. [1] T. W. Kornack, R. K. Ghosh, and M. V. Romalis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 23080 (2005). [2] M. S. Conradi, D. A. Yablonskiy, et al., Acad. Radiol. 12, 1406 (2005).

  19. Spontaneous emission effects in optically pumped x-ray FEL

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    Smetanin, I.V.; Grigor`ev, S.V.

    1995-12-31

    An effect of spontaneous emission in both quantum and classical regimes of the optically pumped X-ray free electron laser (FEL) in investigated. The quantum properties of an FEL are determined by the ratio of the separation {h_bar} between the absorption and emission lines (i.e. the quanta emitted) and their effective width {Delta}{epsilon} {eta}={h_bar}/{Delta}{epsilon}. In the conventional classical regime {eta} {much_lt} 1 an electron emits and absorbes a great number of shortwavelength photons over the interaction region, the gain in FEL being the result of these competitive processes. In the quantum limit {eta} {much_gt} 1 the emission and absorption lines are completely separated and thus the FEL becomes a two-level quantum oscillator with a completely inverted active medium. Spontaneous emission causes the electron to leave the range of energies where resonant interaction with the laser field occurs, thus effectively reducing the number of particles that take part in generating the induced X-ray signal. This effect is found to be crucial for lasing in optically pumped X-ray FEL. The characteristic relaxation times are calculated for both classical and quantum FEL regimes. It is shown that spontaneous emission results in FEL electron beam threshold current, which is of rather high value. An optimal range of pumping laser intensities is determined.

  20. Measuring gas temperature during spin-exchange optical pumping process

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    Normand, E.; Jiang, C. Y.; Brown, D. R.; Robertson, L.; Crow, L.; Tong, X.

    2016-04-01

    The gas temperature inside a Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping (SEOP) laser-pumping polarized 3He cell has long been a mystery. Different experimental methods were employed to measure this temperature but all were based on either modelling or indirect measurement. To date there has not been any direct experimental measurement of this quantity. Here we present the first direct measurement using neutron transmission to accurately determine the number density of 3He, the temperature is obtained using the ideal gas law. Our result showed a surprisingly high gas temperature of 380°C, compared to the 245°C of the 3He cell wall temperature and 178°C of the optical pumping oven temperature. This experiment result may be used to further investigate the unsolved puzzle of the "X-factor" in the SEOP process which places an upper bound to the 3He polarization that can be achieved. Additional spin relaxation mechanisms might exist due to the high gas temperature, which could explain the origin of the X-factor.

  1. Modeling of circular-grating surface-emitting lasers

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    Shams-Zadeh-Amiri, Ali M.

    Grating-coupled surface-emitting lasers became an area of growing interest due to their salient features. Emission from a broad area normal to the wafer surface, makes them very well suited in high power applications and two- dimensional laser arrays. These new possibilities have caused an interest in different geometries to fully develop their potential. Among them, circular-grating lasers have the additional advantage of producing a narrow beam with a circular cross section. This special feature makes them ideal for coupling to optical fibers. All existing theoretical models dealing with circular- grating lasers only consider first-order gratings, or second-order gratings, neglecting surface emission. In this thesis, the emphasis is to develop accurate models describing the laser performance by considering the radiation field. Toward this aim, and due to the importance of the radiation modes in surface-emitting structures, a theoretical study of these modes in multilayer planar structures has been done in a rigorous and systematic fashion. Problems like orthogonality of the radiation modes have been treated very accurately. We have considered the inner product of radiation modes using the distribution theory. Orthogonality of degenerate radiation modes is an important issue. We have examined its validity using the transfer matrix method. It has been shown that orthogonality of degenerate radiation modes in a very special case leads to the Brewster theorem. In addition, simple analytical formulas for the normalization of radiation modes have been derived. We have shown that radiation modes can be handled in a much easier way than has been thought before. A closed-form spectral dyadic Green's function formulation of multilayer planar structures has been developed. In this formulation, both rectangular and cylindrical structures can be treated within the same mathematical framework. The Hankel transform of some auxiliary functions defined on a circular aperture has

  2. Surface-emitting semiconductor laser for intracavity spectroscopy and microscopy

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    Meissner, K.E.; Gourley, P.L.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.; McDonald, A.E.

    1995-03-01

    The authors demonstrate lasing action in a novel microcavity laser which can be utilized for intracavity spectroscopy as well as high contrast imaging of small ({approximately} 10{mu}m) structures. The system can be easily visualized as a Fabry-Perot cavity containing a gain media and an object for study. Since the primary constraint on the object is transparency at the lasing wavelength, investigation of lasing in objects such as microspheres, liquid droplets, and biological cells is possible. The resonator consists of an epitaxial NME grown mirror and gain region on a GaAs wafer. This is essentially an open-cavity vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL). The object to be studied is placed on the wafer and covered with a glass dielectric mirror which acts as the output coupler. When the semiconductor gain region is photo-pumped, the object within the cavity provides lateral optical confinement through its index difference with the surrounding media, increases the cavity Q, and thus encourages lasing action. The emitted laser light can be spectrally and spatially resolved. The narrow lasing lines can provide information about the lasing modes supported and the size of the object. The spatially resolved laser light provides high contrast microscopic images of the electromagnetic modes oscillating in the resonator. The authors present an investigation of stable lasing modes in polystyrene spheres. This device could prove useful in biomedical diagnostics. It covers the correct spatial dimensions as well as wavelength region. In fact, an integrated system of these devices may provide a high speed, compact method of performing cell diagnostics.

  3. Tapered cavity surface emitting distributed Bragg reflector lasers

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    Luo, Hui

    2000-09-01

    High power, diffraction-limited semiconductor lasers are required for a wide range of applications such as pumping for EDFAs, Raman amplifiers, and for free space optical communications. Unstable resonator has been identified as a very promising concept to develop these lasers. The objective of this research is to investigate and develop tapered cavity unstable resonator grating coupled surface emitting lasers (TCSELs). The laser consists of a ridge section, a tapered gain section and a DBR grating section. The ridge is used to ensure single lateral mode operation. The taper is used to achieve high power from a large aperture. The grating is used to provide feedback and surface outcoupling. This laser design has several key features including high output power, near diffraction-limited beam, low divergence angle, single longitudinal mode operation, and integration with dynamic functionality such as wavelength tuning and beam steering. In this dissertation the design, fabrication and characterization of TCSELs are discussed. The theory of TCSELs is presented. As a theoretical investigation, a comprehensive numerical modeling based on finite difference beam propagation method (FD-BPM) for semiconductor laser is developed. The model includes major parameters affecting device performance such as current spreading, carrier diffusion, nonlinear gain- carrier relation, gain saturation, carrier induced antiguiding and thermal lensing. The simulation results are presented and effects of design parameters on device performance are discussed. TCSELs with different device design and functionality are fabricated. The characterization results are discussed. High power operation is obtained under both pulsed and continuous wave (CW) operation. Collimated near diffraction-limited beam is demonstrated with moderate power. Single longitudinal mode operation with high side mode suppression ratio is observed. Wavelength tuning and beam steering is achieved using current injection to

  4. Edge and surface-emitting tilted cavity lasers (Invited Paper)

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    Ledentsov, N. N.; Shchukin, V. A.; Kovsh, A. R.; Mikhrin, S. S.; Krestnikov, I. L.; Kozhukhov, A. V.; Gordeev, N. Y.; Karachinsky, L. Y.; Maximov, M. V.; Novikov, I. I.; Shernyakov, Yu. M.

    2005-04-01

    The Tilted Cavity (TC) concept has been proposed to combine advantages of edge- and surface-emitting lasers (detectors, amplifiers, switches, etc.). Tilted Cavity Lasers (TCL) enable wavelength-stabilized high-power edge and surface emitters (TCSEL) in low-cost single-epitaxial step design. The concept covers numerous applications including mode-locked TCL for light speed control, dispersion and linewidth engineering, GaN-based light-emitters, electrooptic wavelength tunable devices, and other applications. Presently, wavelength stabilized TC operation is realized between -200°C and 70°C in broad TCL diodes with cleaved facets based on quantum dots (QDs). The spectral width is below 0.6 nm in broad area 100 μm-wide-stipe devices. The far fields are: 4° (lateral) and 42° (vertical). Wavelength-stabilized 1.16 μm and 1.27 μm edge-emitting QD TCL lasers are demonstrated. Quantum well TCL demonstrate high-temperature operation up to 240°C with a low threshold, high temperature stability and improved wavelength stability. The tilted cavity approach can also be applied in wavelength-optimized photodetectors, switches, semiconductor optical amplifiers, including multi-channel devices, in optical fibers, in photodetectors, in light-emitting diodes and in many other applications. Moreover, microelectronic devices based on similar tilted angle resonance phenomena in quantum wells and superlattices can be realized in electron- or hole-wavefunction-engineered structures, thus, merging the fields of nanophotonics and nanoelectronics. The tilted cavity concept can be further complimented by lateral patterning and (or) processing of three-dimensional photonic crystal structures further extending horizons of modern optoelectronics.

  5. Optical modeling of certical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Hadley, G.R.

    1996-12-31

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are presently the subject of intense research due to their potential as compact, efficient, astigmatic laser sources for a number of important applications. Of special interest are the selectively-oxidized VCSELs that have recently set records for threshold current and wall-plug efficiency. The onset of higher-order modes at powers of a few milliWatts, however, presently limits the wide utilization of these devices and indicates the need for improvements in design. Unfortunately, their complexity precludes optimization based solely upon empirical methods, and points instead to the need for better numerical models. Modeling the optical field in a vertical-cavity laser, however, is especially difficult due to both the high Q of the optical cavity and the distributed reflectivity of the mirrors. Our approach to this dilemma has been the development of modeling techniques on two complexity scales. We first derived an effective- index model that is numerically efficient and thus can be included together with carrier transport and thermal models to make up a self-consistent modeling package. In addition to its use in the overall VCSEL model, this simplified optical model has been extremely valuable in elucidating the basic principles of waveguiding in VCSELs that in turn have led to new ideas in device design. More specifically, the derived expression for the effective index shows clearly that index guiding in a VCSEL depends only on variations in optical cavity length, and thus can be engineered without the need to alter the material index of refraction. Also, we have designed index- guided and antiguided devices whose cavity lengths are modified in certain regions by etching of the cavity material prior to growth of the second mirror. Fabrication of these new device designs is presently in progress.

  6. Widely Tunable Mode-Hop-Free External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Wysocki, Gerard; Curl, Robert F.; Tittel, Frank K.

    2010-01-01

    The external-cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) system is based on an optical configuration of the Littrow type. It is a room-temperature, continuous wave, widely tunable, mode-hop-free, mid-infrared, EC-QCL spectroscopic source. It has a single-mode tuning range of 155 cm(exp -1) (approximately equal to 8% of the center wavelength) with a maximum power of 11.1 mW and 182 cm(exp -1) (approximately equal to 15% of the center wavelength), and a maximum power of 50 mW as demonstrated for 5.3 micron and 8.4 micron EC-QCLs, respectively. This technology is particularly suitable for high-resolution spectroscopic applications, multi-species tracegas detection, and spectroscopic measurements of broadband absorbers. Wavelength tuning of EC-QCL spectroscopic source can be implemented by varying three independent parameters of the laser: (1) the optical length of the gain medium (which, in this case, is equivalent to QCL injection current modulation), (2) the length of the EC (which can be independently varied in the Rice EC-QCL setup), and (3) the angle of beam incidence at the diffraction grating (frequency tuning related directly to angular dispersion of the grating). All three mechanisms of frequency tuning have been demonstrated and are required to obtain a true mode-hop-free laser frequency tuning. The precise frequency tuning characteristics of the EC-QCL output have been characterized using a variety of diagnostic tools available at Rice University (e.g., a monochromator, FTIR spectrometer, and a Fabry-Perot spectrometer). Spectroscopic results were compared with available databases (such as HITRAN, PNNL, EPA, and NIST). These enable precision verification of complete spectral parameters of the EC-QCL, such as wavelength, tuning range, tuning characteristics, and line width. The output power of the EC-QCL is determined by the performance of the QC laser chip, its operating conditions, and parameters of the QC laser cavity such as mirror reflectivity or intracavity

  7. Characteristics of the Single-Longitudinal-Mode Planar-Waveguide External Cavity Diode Laser at 1064 nm

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    Numata, Kenji; Alalusi, Mazin; Stolpner, Lew; Margaritis, Georgios; Camp, Jordan; Krainak, Michael

    2014-01-01

    We describe the characteristics of the planar-waveguide external cavity diode laser (PW-ECL). To the best of our knowledge, it is the first butterfly-packaged 1064 nm semiconductor laser that is stable enough to be locked to an external frequency reference. We evaluated its performance from the viewpoint of precision experiments. Using a hyperfine absorption line of iodine, we suppressed its frequency noise by a factor of up to 104 at 10 mHz. The PWECL's compactness and low cost make it a candidate to replace traditional Nd:YAG nonplanar ring oscillators and fiber lasers in applications that require a single longitudinal mode.

  8. Characteristics of the Single-Longitudinal-Mode Planar-Waveguide External Cavity Diode Laser at 1064 nm

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    Numata, Kenji; Alalusi, Mazin; Stolpner, Lew; Margaritis, Georgios; Camp, Jordan B.; Krainak, Michael A.

    2014-01-01

    We describe the characteristics of the planar-waveguide external cavity diode laser (PW-ECL). To the best of our knowledge, it is the first butterfly-packaged 1064-nm semiconductor laser that is stable enough to be locked to an external frequency reference. We evaluated its performance from the viewpoint of precision experiments. Especially, using a hyperfine absorption line of iodine, we suppressed its frequency noise by a factor of up to104 at 10 mHz. The PW-ECLs compactness and low cost make it a candidate to replace traditional Nd:YAGnon-planar ring oscillators and fiber lasers in applications which require a single longitudinal-mode.

  9. External-cavity-controlled 32-MHz narrow-band cw GaA1As-diode lasers.

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    Voumard, C

    1977-08-01

    By coupling a cw GaA1As-diode laser to an external resonator with Fabry-Perot etalons as dispersive elements, emission was reduced to a single-axial mode of 32-MHz width. The wavelength could be coarsely tuned over a spectral range of over 10 nm. Fine tuning over about 500 MHz was achieved by varying the external cavity length by less than lambda/3. At single-axial-mode operation, the commonly observed high- and low-frequency self-pulsing of the light output was found to disappear almost completely. PMID:19680331

  10. Infrared hyperspectral imaging using a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser and microbolometer focal plane array

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Ho, Nicolas

    2008-02-04

    A versatile mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging system is demonstrated by combining a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser and a microbolometer focal plane array. The tunable mid-infrared laser provided high brightness illumination over a tuning range from 985 cm-1 to 1075 cm-1 (9.30-10.15 μm). Hypercubes containing images at 300 wavelengths separated by 0.3 cm 1 were obtained in 12 s. High spectral resolution chemical imaging of methanol vapor was demonstrated for both static and dynamic systems. The system was also used to image and characterize multiple component liquid and solid samples.

  11. Real-Time Trace Gas Sensing of Fluorocarbons using a Swept-wavelength External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Cannon, Bret D.; Stahl, Robert D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2014-05-04

    We present results demonstrating real-time sensing of four different fluorocarbons at low-ppb concentrations using an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) operating in a swept-wavelength configuration. The ECQCL was repeatedly swept over its full tuning range at a 20 Hz rate with a scan rate of 3535 cm-1/s, and a detailed characterization of the ECQCL scan stability and repeatability is presented. The sensor was deployed on a mobile automotive platform to provide spatially resolved detection of fluorocarbons in outdoor experiments. Noise-equivalent detection limits of 800-1000 parts-per-trillion (ppt) are demonstrated for 1 s integration times.

  12. Tunable External Cavity Quantum Cascade Lasers (EC-QCL): an application field for MOEMS based scanning gratings

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    Grahmann, Jan; Merten, André; Ostendorf, Ralf; Fontenot, Michael; Bleh, Daniela; Schenk, Harald; Wagner, Hans-Joachim

    2014-03-01

    In situ process information in the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industry as well as emission monitoring, sensitive trace detection and biological sensing applications would increasingly rely on MIR-spectroscopic anal­ysis in the 3 μm - 12 μm wavelength range. However, cost effective, portable, low power consuming and fast spectrometers with a wide tuning range are not available so far. To provide these MIR-spectrometer properties, the combination of quantum cascade lasers with a MOEMS scanning grating as wavelength selective element in the external cavity is addressed to provide a very compact and fast tunable laser source for spectroscopic analysis.

  13. Tunable high-power narrow-spectrum external-cavity diode laser based on tapered amplifier at 668 nm.

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    Chi, Mingjun; Erbert, G; Sumpf, B; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2010-05-15

    A 668 nm tunable high-power narrow-spectrum diode laser system based on a tapered semiconductor optical amplifier in external cavity is demonstrated. The laser system is tunable from 659to675 nm. As high as 1.38 W output power is obtained at 668.35 nm. The emission spectral bandwidth is less than 0.07 nm throughout the tuning range, and the beam quality factor M(2) is 2.0 with the output power of 1.27 W. PMID:20479803

  14. Lithographic wavelength control of an external cavity laser with a silicon photonic crystal cavity-based resonant reflector.

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    Liles, Alexandros A; Debnath, Kapil; O'Faolain, Liam

    2016-03-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of a new design for external cavity hybrid lasers consisting of a III-V semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) with fiber reflector and a photonic crystal (PhC)-based resonant reflector on SOI. The silicon reflector is composed of an SU8 polymer bus waveguide vertically coupled to a PhC cavity and provides a wavelength-selective optical feedback to the laser cavity. This device exhibits milliwatt-level output power and side-mode suppression ratios of more than 25 dB. PMID:26974073

  15. III-Nitride Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Leonard, John T.

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) have a long history of development in GaAs-based and InP-based systems, however III-nitride VCSELs research is still in its infancy. Yet, over the past several years we have made dramatic improvements in the lasing characteristics of these highly complex devices. Specifically, we have reduced the threshold current density from ˜100 kA/cm2 to ˜3 kA/cm2, while simultaneously increasing the output power from ˜10 muW to ˜550 muW. These developments have primarily come about by focusing on the aperture design and intracavity contact design for flip-chip dual dielectric DBR III-nitride VCSELs. We have carried out a number of studies developing an Al ion implanted aperture (IIA) and photoelectrochemically etched aperture (PECA), while simultaneously improving the quality of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) intracavity contacts, and demonstrating the first III-nitride VCSEL with an n-GaN tunnel junction intracavity contact. Beyond these most notable research fronts, we have analyzed numerous other parameters, including epitaxial growth, flip-chip bonding, substrate removal, and more, bringing further improvement to III-nitride VCSEL performance and yield. This thesis aims to give a comprehensive discussion of the relevant underlying concepts for nonpolar VCSELs, while detailing our specific experimental advances. In Section 1, we give an overview of the applications of VCSELs generally, before describing some of the potential applications for III-nitride VCSELs. This is followed by a summary of the different material systems used to fabricate VCSELs, before going into detail on the basic design principles for developing III-nitride VCSELs. In Section 2, we outline the basic process and geometry for fabricating flip-chip nonpolar VCSELs with different aperture and intracavity contact designs. Finally, in Section 3 and 4, we delve into the experimental results achieved in the last several years, beginning with a discussion on

  16. Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping of Solid Alkali Compounds

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    Patton, Brian; Ishikawa, Kiyoshi; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, William

    2007-06-01

    We demonstrate enhancement of the ^133Cs nuclear polarization in a film of cesium hydride which has been placed in contact with an optically pumped cesium vapor. The maximum observed polarization at 9.4 T and 137 ^oC is roughly 4 times the equilibrium polarization, but higher magnetizations are possible at lower magnetic fields. In an attempt to determine the mechanism of spin transfer from the alkali vapor to the solid, we have performed this experiment at intermediate magnetic fields (1-2 tesla) while pumping different optical transitions in the vapor. We will discuss the predicted spin current to the CsH layer in this regime of partial hyperfine decoupling and propose new methods for generating even higher polarizations in the solid. Potential applications of this technique will be mentioned as well as its extension to other compounds.

  17. Optical pumping of rubidium atoms in a parahydrogen matrix

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    Weinstein, Jonathan; Arnott, W. Patrick; Christy, Tim; Hartzell, Chase; Kanagin, Andrew; Momose, Takamasa; Patterson, David; Upadhyay, Sunil

    2016-05-01

    Building on prior work with rubidium atoms in a cryogenic argon matrix, we have grown solid parahydrogen crystals doped with rubidium atoms. Typical rubidium densities are on the order of 1017 cm-3. We have demonstrated optical pumping of the atomic spin of the implanted rubidium atoms; the measured spin polarization signals are roughly one order of magnitude larger than what was achieved in argon matrices. The combination of high atomic densities and optical addressability make this a promising experimental platform for applications such as magnetometry and fundamental physics measurements. Spin lifetimes (T1) on the order of 1 second have been observed. Progress towards measuring coherence times (T2) will be discussed. This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY 1265905.

  18. Optically Pumped NMR in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime

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    Barrett, S. E.; Kuzma, N. N.; Khandelwal, P.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1998-03-01

    Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance measurements are a local probe of the electron spin degree of freedom in n-type GaAs quantum wells.(S.E.Barrett et al.,Phys.Rev.Lett.72),1368(1994).^, footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995)^, footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995). We have recently shown that this OPNMR technique can be carried out in fields up to B=12 Tesla and temperatures down to T=0.3 K, making this technique a viable new probe of the Fractional Quantum Hall regime. We will discuss our latest measurements in these conditions, and compare our new results with previous measurements and the existing theoretical models for this regime.

  19. Recycle Rate in a Pulsed, Optically Pumped Rubidium Laser

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    Miller, Wooddy S.; Sulham, Clifford V.; Holtgrave, Jeremy C.; Perram, Glen P.

    2010-10-08

    A pulsed, optically pumped rubidium laser operating in analogy to the diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL) system at pump intensities as high as 750 kW/cm{sup 2} has been demonstrated with output energies of up to 13 {mu}J/pulse. Output energy is dramatically limited by spin-orbit relaxation rates under these high intensity pump conditions. More than 250 photons are available for every rubidium atom in the pumped volume, requiring a high number of cycles per atom during the 2-8 ns duration of the pump pulse. At 550 Torr of ethane, the spin-orbit relaxation rate is too slow to effectively utilize all the incident pump photons. Indeed, a linear dependence of output energy on pump pulse duration for fixed pump energy is demonstrated.

  20. Modeling polarization reversal in optically pumped rubidium vapors

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    Dreiling, J. M.; Norrgard, E.; Gay, T. J.

    2010-03-01

    Rubidium atoms can be polarized by optical pumping with a resonant circularly polarized laser beam. Using Faraday rotation polarimetry [1], we have observed a flip in the sign of the Rb electron polarization when the wavelength of the pump laser is varied over the D1 absorption spectrum. This could occur if F < (I + J) states with MF = F are predominantly populated at specific pump frequencies resulting in different spin polarizations. We have used a simple rate equation model to estimate the final electron polarization under the assumption that we are able to pump only one F transition at a time. The results of these calculations will be presented. [4pt] [1] H. Batelaan, A.S. Green, B.A. Hitt, and T.J. Gay, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4216 (1999).

  1. Sum-frequency generation of continuous-wave tunable ultraviolet coherent light in BBO-installed external cavity

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    Mukoyama, Kenta; Tokuyama, Kazuhiro; Kumagai, Hiroshi; Inoue, Norihiro; Fukuda, Naoaki; Takiya, Toshio

    2012-02-01

    Recently, we have tried to develop a continuous wave (CW), tunable, and ultraviolet (UV) coherent light source through sum-frequency generation (SFG) using a BBO nonlinear crystal with a two-stage frequency-conversion system using two different external cavities for the enhancement of CW lights. In the first stage, we obtained the 532-nm light with the second harmonic generation (SHG) of the 1064-nm light. A bow-tie external cavity incorporating four mirrors, whose cavity length was controlled by the frequency stabilization method proposed by Hänsch and Couillaud, was employed there. In the second stage, to generate the 312-nm light, we demonstrated doubly resonant sum frequency generation of the 532-nm light from the first-stage and the 754-nm light from a single-frequency CW Ti:Sapphire laser. Considering a nonlinear coefficient, it should be preferable to use a BiBO crystal for high-efficient SFG, but the 312-nm light might be absorbed by the BiBO crystal. Therefore, we chose a BBO as a nonlinear crystal to avoid the absorption of the 312-nm light.

  2. Monolithic arrays of grating-surface-emitting diode lasers and quantum well modulators for optical communications

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    Carlson, N. W.; Evans, G. A.; Liew, S. K.; Kaiser, C. J.

    1990-01-01

    The electro-optic switching properties of injection-coupled coherent 2-D grating-surface-emitting laser arrays with multiple gain sections and quantum well active layers are discussed and demonstrated. Within such an array of injection-coupled grating-surface-emitting lasers, a single gain section can be operated as intra-cavity saturable loss element that can modulate the output of the entire array. Experimental results demonstrate efficient sub-nanosecond switching of high power grading-surface-emitting laser arrays by using only one gain section as an intra-cavity loss modulator.

  3. Lateral cavity photonic crystal surface emitting lasers with ultralow threshold and large power

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    Wang, Yufei; Qu, Hongwei; Zhou, Wenjun; Jiang, Bin; Zhang, Jianxin; Qi, Aiyi; Liu, Lei; Fu, Feiya; Zheng, Wanhua

    2012-03-01

    The Bragg diffraction condition of surface-emitting lasing action is analyzed and Γ2-1 mode is chosen for lasing. Two types of lateral cavity photonic crystal surface emitting lasers (LC-PCSELs) based on the PhC band edge mode lateral resonance and vertical emission to achieve electrically driven surface emitting laser without distributed Bragg reflectors in the long wavelength optical communication band are designed and fabricated. Deep etching techniques, which rely on the active layer being or not etched through, are adopted to realize the LC-PCSELs on the commercial AlGaInAs/InP multi-quantum-well (MQW) epitaxial wafer. 1553.8 nm with ultralow threshold of 667 A/cm2 and 1575 nm with large power of 1.8 mW surface emitting lasing actions are observed at room temperature, providing potential values for mass production with low cost of electrically driven PCSELs.

  4. Spectrally and temporally resolved laser emission from vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Sinclair, M.; Gourley, P.L.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.

    1992-12-31

    We have measured the laser emission spectra of several vertical cavity surface emitting lasers following pulsed laser excitation, with a time resolution of < 1 ps. Correlations between the observed pulse widths and cavity lifetimes were observed.

  5. External-cavity frequency doubling of a 5-W 756-nm injection-locked Ti:sapphire laser.

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    Cha, Yong-Ho; Ko, Kwang-Hoon; Lim, Gwon; Han, Jae-Min; Park, Hyun-Min; Kim, Taek-Soo; Jeong, Do-Young

    2008-03-31

    We have developed a 5-W 756-nm injection-locked Ti:sapphire laser and frequency-doubled it in an external enhancement cavity for the generation of watt-level 378-nm single-frequency radiation, which is essential for isotope-selective optical pumping of thallium atoms. With a lithium triborate (LBO) crystal in the enhancement cavity, 1.1 W at 378 nm was coupled out from the cavity. Such results are to our knowledge the highest powers of continuous-wave single-frequency radiation generated from a Ti:sapphire laser and its frequency doubling. PMID:18542585

  6. Integration of photoactive and electroactive components with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Bryan, R.P.; Esherick, P.; Jewell, J.L.; Lear, K.L.; Olbright, G.R.

    1997-04-29

    A monolithically integrated optoelectronic device is provided which integrates a vertical cavity surface emitting laser and either a photosensitive or an electrosensitive device either as input or output to the vertical cavity surface emitting laser either in parallel or series connection. Both vertical and side-by-side arrangements are disclosed, and optical and electronic feedback means are provided. Arrays of these devices can be configured to enable optical computing and neural network applications. 9 figs.

  7. Integration of photoactive and electroactive components with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Bryan, Robert P.; Esherick, Peter; Jewell, Jack L.; Lear, Kevin L.; Olbright, Gregory R.

    1997-01-01

    A monolithically integrated optoelectronic device is provided which integrates a vertical cavity surface emitting laser and either a photosensitive or an electrosensitive device either as input or output to the vertical cavity surface emitting laser either in parallel or series connection. Both vertical and side-by-side arrangements are disclosed, and optical and electronic feedback means are provided. Arrays of these devices can be configured to enable optical computing and neural network applications.

  8. A modular architecture for multi-channel external cavity quantum cascade laser-based chemical sensors: a systems approach

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    Taubman, Matthew S.; Myers, Tanya L.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Stahl, Robert D.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-04-01

    A multi-channel laser-based chemical sensor platform is presented, in which a modular architecture allows the exchange of complete sensor channels without disruption to overall operation. Each sensor channel contains custom optical and electronics packages, which can be selected to access laser wavelengths, interaction path lengths and modulation techniques optimal for a given application or mission. Although intended primarily to accommodate mid-infrared (MIR) external cavity quantum cascade lasers (ECQCLs)and astigmatic Herriott cells, channels using visible or near infrared (NIR) lasers or other gas cell architectures can also be used, making this a truly versatile platform. Analog and digital resources have been carefully chosen to facilitate small footprint, rapid spectral scanning, ow-noise signal recovery, failsafe autonomous operation, and in-situ chemometric data analysis, storage and transmission. Results from the demonstration of a two-channel version of this platform are also presented.

  9. Fixed-wavelength H2O absorption spectroscopy system enhanced by an on-board external-cavity diode laser

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    Brittelle, Mack S.; Simms, Jean M.; Sanders, Scott T.; Gord, James R.; Roy, Sukesh

    2016-03-01

    We describe a system designed to perform fixed-wavelength absorption spectroscopy of H2O vapor in practical combustion devices. The system includes seven wavelength-stabilized distributed feedback (WSDFB) lasers, each with a spectral accuracy of  ±1 MHz. An on-board external cavity diode laser (ECDL) that tunes 1320-1365 nm extends the capabilities of the system. Five system operation modes are described. In one mode, a sweep of the ECDL is used to monitor each WSDFB laser wavelength with an accuracy of  ±30 MHz. Demonstrations of fixed-wavelength thermometry at 10 kHz bandwidth in near-room-temperature gases are presented; one test reveals a temperature measurement error of ~0.43%.

  10. High-power dual-wavelength external-cavity diode laser based on tapered amplifier with tunable terahertz frequency difference.

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    Chi, Mingjun; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2011-07-15

    Tunable dual-wavelength operation of a diode laser system based on a tapered diode amplifier with double-Littrow external-cavity feedback is demonstrated around 800 nm. The two wavelengths can be tuned individually, and the frequency difference of the two wavelengths is tunable from 0.5 to 5.0 THz. An output power of 1.54 W is achieved with a frequency difference of 0.86 THz, the output power is higher than 1.3 W in the 5.0 THz range of frequency difference, and the amplified spontaneous emission intensity is more than 20 dB suppressed in the range of frequency difference. To our knowledge, this is the highest output power from a dual-wavelength diode laser system operating with tunable terahertz frequency difference. PMID:21765489

  11. Atmospheric observations of multiple molecular species using ultra-high-resolution external cavity quantum cascade laser heterodyne radiometry.

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    Weidmann, Damien; Tsai, Tracy; Macleod, Neil A; Wysocki, Gerard

    2011-06-01

    We demonstrate a widely tunable laser heterodyne radiometer operating in the thermal IR during an atmospheric observation campaign in the solar occultation viewing mode. An external cavity quantum cascade laser tunable within a range of 1120 to 1238 cm(-1) is used as the local oscillator (LO) of the instrument. Ultra-high-resolution (60 MHz or 0.002 cm(-1) transmission spectroscopy of several atmospheric species (water vapor, ozone, nitrous oxide, methane, and dichlorodifluoromethane) has been demonstrated within four precisely selected molecule-specific narrow spectral windows (∼1 cm(-1). Atmospheric transmission lines within each selected window were fully resolved through mode-hop-free continuous tuning of the LO frequency. Comparison measurements were made simultaneously with a high-resolution Fourier transform spectrometer to demonstrate the advantages of the laser heterodyne system for atmospheric sounding at high spectral and spatial resolutions. PMID:21633412

  12. Use of external cavity quantum cascade laser compliance voltage in real-time trace gas sensing of multiple chemicals

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Kriesel, Jason

    2015-01-01

    We describe a prototype trace gas sensor designed for real-time detection of multiple chemicals. The sensor uses an external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) swept over its tuning range of 940-1075 cm-1 (9.30-10.7 μm) at a 10 Hz repetition rate. The sensor was designed for operation in multiple modes, including gas sensing within a multi-pass Heriott cell and intracavity absorption sensing using the ECQCL compliance voltage. In addition, the ECQCL compliance voltage was used to reduce effects of long-term drifts in the ECQCL output power. The sensor was characterized for noise, drift, and detection of chemicals including ammonia, methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, Freon- 134a, Freon-152a, and diisopropyl methylphosphonate (DIMP). We also present use of the sensor for mobile detection of ammonia downwind of cattle facilities, in which concentrations were recorded at 1-s intervals.

  13. Ultralow noise and supermode suppression in an actively mode-locked external-cavity semiconductor diode ring laser.

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    Depriest, C M; Yilmaz, T; Delfyett, P J; Etemad, S; Braun, A; Abeles, J

    2002-05-01

    We report what is to our knowledge the lowest phase and amplitude noise characteristics achieved to date in a 10-GHz pulse train produced by the active harmonic mode locking of an external-cavity semiconductor diode laser. Supermode noise has also been suppressed below -140 dBc/Hz by use of a high-finesse fiber Fabry-Perot etalon as an intracavity filter. Novel noise sideband measurements that extend to the Nyquist offset frequency suggest a significant advantage in using harmonic (rather than fundamental) mode locking to produce ultralow-noise pulse trains, owing to the relationship between the noise roll-off frequency and the fundamental cavity frequency. PMID:18007910

  14. Hybrid Optical Pumping of Optically Dense Alkali-Metal Vapor without Quenching Gas

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    Romalis, M. V.

    2010-12-10

    Optical pumping of an optically thick atomic vapor typically requires a quenching buffer gas, such as N{sub 2}, to prevent radiation trapping of unpolarized photons which would depolarize the atoms. We show that optical pumping of a trace contamination of Rb present in K metal results in a 4.5 times higher polarization of K than direct optical pumping of K in the absence of N{sub 2}. Such spin-exchange polarization transfer from optically thin species is useful in a variety of areas, including spin-polarized nuclear scattering targets and electron beams, quantum-nondemolition spin measurements, and ultrasensitive magnetometry.

  15. High-power ultralow-noise semiconductor external cavity lasers based on low-confinement optical waveguide gain media

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    Juodawlkis, Paul W.; Loh, William; O'Donnell, Frederick J.; Brattain, Michael A.; Plant, Jason J.

    2010-02-01

    For the past several years, we have been developing a new class of high-power, low-noise semiconductor optical gain medium based on the slab-coupled optical waveguide (SCOW) concept. The key characteristics of the SCOW design are (i) large (> 5 x 5 μm), symmetric, fundamental-transverse-mode operation attained through a combination of coupledmode filtering and low index-contrast, (ii) very low optical confinement factor (Γ ~ 0.3-0.5%), and (iii) low excessoptical loss (αi ~ 0.5 cm-1). The large transverse mode and low confinement factor enables SCOW lasers (SCOWLs) and amplifiers (SCOWAs) having Watt-class output power. The low confinement factor also dictates that the waveguide length be very large (0.5-1 cm) to achieve useful gain, which provides the benefits of small ohmic and thermal resistance. In this paper, we review the operating principles and performance of the SCOW gain medium, and detail its use in 1550-nm single-frequency SCOW external cavity lasers (SCOWECLs). The SCOWECL consists of a doublepass, curved-channel InGaAlAs quantum-well SCOWA and a narrowband (2.5 GHz) fiber Bragg grating (FBG) external cavity. We investigate the impact of the cavity Q on SCOWECL performance by varying the FBG reflectivity. We show that a bench-top SCOWECL having a FBG reflectivity of R = 10% (R = 20%) has a maximum output power of 450 mW (400 mW), linewidth of 52 kHz (28 kHz), and RIN at 2-MHz offset frequency of -155 dB/Hz (-165 dB/Hz).

  16. Ultra-sensitive Magnetic Microscopy with an Optically Pumped Magnetometer

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    Kim, Young Jin; Savukov, Igor

    2016-04-01

    Optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) based on lasers and alkali-metal vapor cells are currently the most sensitive non-cryogenic magnetic field sensors. Many applications in neuroscience and other fields require high-resolution, high-sensitivity magnetic microscopic measurements. In order to meet this demand we combined a cm-size spin-exchange relaxation-free (SERF) OPM and flux guides (FGs) to realize an ultra-sensitive FG-OPM magnetic microscope. The FGs serve to transmit the target magnetic flux to the OPM thus improving both the resolution and sensitivity to small magnetic objects. We investigated the performance of the FG-OPM device using experimental and numerical methods, and demonstrated that an optimized device can achieve a unique combination of high resolution (80 μm) and high sensitivity (8.1 pT/). In addition, we also performed numerical calculations of the magnetic field distribution in the FGs to estimate the magnetic noise originating from the domain fluctuations in the material of the FGs. We anticipate many applications of the FG-OPM device such as the detection of micro-biological magnetic fields; the detection of magnetic nano-particles; and non-destructive testing. From our theoretical estimate, an FG-OPM could detect the magnetic field of a single neuron, which would be an important milestone in neuroscience.

  17. Ultra-sensitive magnetic microscopy with an optically pumped magnetometer

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    Kim, Young Jin; Savukov, Igor Mykhaylovich

    2016-04-22

    Optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) based on lasers and alkali-metal vapor cells are currently the most sensitive non-cryogenic magnetic field sensors. Many applications in neuroscience and other fields require high-resolution, high-sensitivity magnetic microscopic measurements. In order to meet this demand we combined a cm-size spin-exchange relaxation-free (SERF) OPM and flux guides (FGs) to realize an ultra-sensitive FG-OPM magnetic microscope. The FGs serve to transmit the target magnetic flux to the OPM thus improving both the resolution and sensitivity to small magnetic objects. We investigated the performance of the FG-OPM device using experimental and numerical methods, and demonstrated that an optimized devicemore » can achieve a unique combination of high resolution (80 μm) and high sensitivity (8.1 pT/). Additionally, we also performed numerical calculations of the magnetic field distribution in the FGs to estimate the magnetic noise originating from the domain fluctuations in the material of the FGs. We anticipate many applications of the FG-OPM device such as the detection of micro-biological magnetic fields; the detection of magnetic nano-particles; and non-destructive testing. From our theoretical estimate, an FG-OPM could detect the magnetic field of a single neuron, which would be an important milestone in neuroscience.« less

  18. Optically-pumped spin-exchange polarized electron source

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    Pirbhai, Munir Hussein

    Polarized electron beams are an indispensable probe of spin-dependent phenomena in fields of atomic and molecular physics, magnetism and biophysics. While their uses have become widespread, the standard source based on negative electron affinity gallium arsenide (GaAs) remains technically complicated. This has hindered progress on many experiments involving spin-polarized electrons, especially those using target gas loads, which tend to adversely affect the performance of GaAs sources. A robust system based on an alternative way to make polarized electron beams has been devised in this study, which builds on previous work done in our lab. It involves spin-exchange collisions between free, unpolarized electrons and oriented rubidium atoms in the presence of a quenching gas. This system has less stringent vacuum requirements than those of GaAs sources, and is capable of operating in background pressures of ~1mTorr. Beams with ~24% polarization and 4μA of current have been recorded, which is comparable to the performance obtained with the earlier version built in our lab. The present system is however not as unstable as in the previous work, and has the potential to be developed into a "turn-key" source of polarized electron beams. It has also allowed us to undertake a study to find factors which affect the beam polarization in this scheme of producing polarized electrons. Such knowledge will help us to design better optically-pumped spin-exchange polarized electron sources.

  19. Theoretical and experimental studies of optically pumped molecular gas lasers

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    Ratanavis, Amarin

    Optically pumped molecular gas lasers based on vibrational-rotational transitions in the infrared spectral region were studied experimentally and theoretically. A model was developed to predict the performance of such lasers and explore their potentials for energy and power scaling. This rate equation model was applied to explore the performance of a second-overtone (pulsed) and a first-overtone (CW) pumped HBr laser. Experimental improvements concerning temperature spectral tuning and frequency stabilization of a Nd:YAG laser that pumped HBr were accomplished. Lasing at 4 microns was demonstrated from such a system. We identified acetylene and hydrogen cyanide as potential laser gases that can be pumped with lasers emitting in the attractive telecommunication C band region at about 1.5 microns. Estimations and fluorescence measurements suggest the possibility of lasing in the 3 micron region. Lasing was demonstrated for the first time with a 5 ns pump pulse from an optical parametric oscillator using traditional cavities. The first gas filled hollow fiber laser based on population inversion was demonstrated with C2H2 and emission in the 3 micron region was observed. An analytical model indicates the possibility of CW lasing with small Stokes shift in both C2H 2 and HCN.

  20. Ultra-sensitive Magnetic Microscopy with an Optically Pumped Magnetometer.

    PubMed

    Kim, Young Jin; Savukov, Igor

    2016-01-01

    Optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) based on lasers and alkali-metal vapor cells are currently the most sensitive non-cryogenic magnetic field sensors. Many applications in neuroscience and other fields require high-resolution, high-sensitivity magnetic microscopic measurements. In order to meet this demand we combined a cm-size spin-exchange relaxation-free (SERF) OPM and flux guides (FGs) to realize an ultra-sensitive FG-OPM magnetic microscope. The FGs serve to transmit the target magnetic flux to the OPM thus improving both the resolution and sensitivity to small magnetic objects. We investigated the performance of the FG-OPM device using experimental and numerical methods, and demonstrated that an optimized device can achieve a unique combination of high resolution (80 μm) and high sensitivity (8.1 pT/). In addition, we also performed numerical calculations of the magnetic field distribution in the FGs to estimate the magnetic noise originating from the domain fluctuations in the material of the FGs. We anticipate many applications of the FG-OPM device such as the detection of micro-biological magnetic fields; the detection of magnetic nano-particles; and non-destructive testing. From our theoretical estimate, an FG-OPM could detect the magnetic field of a single neuron, which would be an important milestone in neuroscience. PMID:27103463

  1. Ultra-sensitive Magnetic Microscopy with an Optically Pumped Magnetometer

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    Kim, Young Jin; Savukov, Igor

    2016-01-01

    Optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) based on lasers and alkali-metal vapor cells are currently the most sensitive non-cryogenic magnetic field sensors. Many applications in neuroscience and other fields require high-resolution, high-sensitivity magnetic microscopic measurements. In order to meet this demand we combined a cm-size spin-exchange relaxation-free (SERF) OPM and flux guides (FGs) to realize an ultra-sensitive FG-OPM magnetic microscope. The FGs serve to transmit the target magnetic flux to the OPM thus improving both the resolution and sensitivity to small magnetic objects. We investigated the performance of the FG-OPM device using experimental and numerical methods, and demonstrated that an optimized device can achieve a unique combination of high resolution (80 μm) and high sensitivity (8.1 pT/). In addition, we also performed numerical calculations of the magnetic field distribution in the FGs to estimate the magnetic noise originating from the domain fluctuations in the material of the FGs. We anticipate many applications of the FG-OPM device such as the detection of micro-biological magnetic fields; the detection of magnetic nano-particles; and non-destructive testing. From our theoretical estimate, an FG-OPM could detect the magnetic field of a single neuron, which would be an important milestone in neuroscience. PMID:27103463

  2. Optically pumped nuclear magnetic resonance in the quantum Hall regimes

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    Barrett, S. E.; Dabbagh, G.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Tycko, R.

    1996-11-01

    We review our recent measurements of the Knight shift 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img1 and spin-lattice relaxation time 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img2 of the 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img3 nuclei located in n-doped GaAs quantum wells using optically pumped NMR, for Landau level filling 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img4 and temperature 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img5. 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img6 (0268-1242/11/11S/005/img7 the electron spin polarization 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img8) drops precipitously on either side of 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img9, which is evidence that the charged excitations of the 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img9 ground state are finite-size skyrmions. For 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img11, the data are consistent with a many-body ground state which is not fully spin polarized, with a very small spin excitation gap that increases as 0268-1242/11/11S/005/img12.

  3. Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Quantum Hall Regimes

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    Barrett, S. E.; Tycko, R.; Dabbagh, G.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1996-03-01

    Optical pumping enables the direct detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal of ^71Ga nuclei located in an electron doped GaAs quantum well.footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1368 (1994) Using this technique, measurements of the Knight shiftfootnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995) and spin-lattice relaxation timefootnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995) have been carried out in the Quantum Hall regimes. It is clear from these measurements that probing the electronic spin degree of freedom can lead to new insights about the effect of interactions on the many-body ground state and low-lying excited states of these systems. For example, the Knight shift measurements provided the first experimental support for the recent theoretical predictionsfootnote S. L. Sondhi et al., Phys. Rev. B 47, 16419 (1993); H. A. Fertig et al., Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994) that the charged excitations of the ν = 1 ground state are novel spin textures called skyrmions. The current status of this picture will be discussed.

  4. Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Quantum Hall Regimes

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    Barrett, S. E.; Khandelwal, P.; Kuzma, N. N.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1997-03-01

    Optical pumping enables the direct detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal of ^71Ga nuclei located in an electron doped GaAs quantum well.footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1368 (1994) Using this technique, measurements of the Knight shift (K_S)footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T_1)footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995) have been carried out in the Quantum Hall regimes. This talk will focus on our latest measurements of KS and T1 near Landau level filling ν=1, which extend our earlier results to higher magnetic fields (B=12 Tesla) and lower temperatures (T < 1 Kelvin). We will compare these results to the theoretical predictionsfootnote S. L. Sondhi et al., Phys. Rev. B 47, 16419 (1993); H. A. Fertig et al., Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994) that the charged excitations of the ν = 1 ground state are novel spin textures called skyrmions. The current status of this picture will be discussed.

  5. Electron-spin-reversal phenomenon in optically pumped rubidium

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    Norrgard, E. B.; Dreiling, J. M.; Gay, T. J.; Tupa, D.

    2010-09-15

    We have studied the optical pumping of mixtures of Rb vapor and N{sub 2} buffer gas by laser light tuned to the D{sub 1} transition having a spectral width of {approx}500 MHz. The Rb densities are of the order of 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}, while the buffer-gas pressures range from 0.1 to 10 torr. As the frequency of the right-hand circularly polarized laser is varied across the D{sub 1} absorption profile, the electron spin polarization of the Rb is found to take on negative values for small negative values of pump detuning from the absorption profile center. This occurs for N{sub 2} pressures below {approx}1 torr; at 10 torr the electron spins consistently point in the same direction as the angular momentum of the pump light. The spin-reversal effect can be understood in terms of populations of the F=2 ({sup 85}Rb) and F=1 ({sup 87}Rb) states caused by small unpolarized fractions in the pump beam and its elimination in terms of pressure broadening caused by the N{sub 2} buffer gas. We speculate that this effect could be used for fast Rb spin modulation.

  6. Low-noise four-wavelength simultaneous oscillation of a 1.3-μm external-cavity quantum-dot laser

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    Yausoka, N.; Ishida, M.; Takada, K.; Yamaguchi, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Arakawa, Y.

    2015-02-01

    An external-cavity laser with a quantum-dot (QD) gain medium is attractive because it combines the advantages of both QDs and the external-cavity configuration. Investigations of external-cavity QD lasers have revealed that these lasers demonstrate good performance with features such as a wide wavelength tuning range, stable lasing oscillation, and highspeed transmission. In this study, we employed an 800-GHz etalon filter inserted into an external cavity and obtained a four-channel oscillation spectrum that coincided with the local area network (LAN)-WDM grid. Each mode of the four channels oscillated stably at the single longitudinal mode defined by the external-cavity length. We sliced the four channels into a single channel using an inline band-pass filter. The filtered single channel has a high side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) of 43.9 dB and a low relative intensity noise (RIN) of -137.9 dB/Hz in the frequency range of 0.5-20 GHz. For comparison with a multi-quantum well (MQW) gain medium, we obtained the four-channel spectrum using the same setup. However, each channel was multi-mode, and the four-channel simultaneous oscillation could not be maintained for a few dozen minutes. Furthermore, when we sliced the four-channels into a single channel, the spectrum intensity became changing; therefore, we could not measure the RIN. These results show that both the stable single longitude modes and the low RIN spectrum of the filtered mode are inherent in the QD medium, indicating that the external-cavity comb laser with the QD gain medium is promising as a light source for WDM transmission.

  7. On the importance of cavity-length and heat dissipation in GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Liu, W. J.; Hu, X. L.; Ying, L. Y.; Chen, S. Q.; Zhang, J. Y.; Akiyama, H.; Cai, Z. P.; Zhang, B. P.

    2015-01-01

    Cavity-length dependence of the property of optically pumped GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with two dielectric distributed Bragg reflectors was investigated. The cavity lengths were well controlled by employing etching with inductively coupled plasma and chemical mechanical polishing. It was found that the lasing characteristics including threshold, slope efficiency and spontaneous emission coupling factor were substantially improved with reducing the cavity length. In comparison with the device pumped by a 400 nm pulsed laser, the lasing spectrum was featured by a red shift and simultaneous broadening with increasing the pumping energy of a 355 nm pulsed laser. Moreover, the lasing threshold was much higher when pumped by a 355 nm pulsed laser. These were explained by taking into account of the significant heating effect under 355 nm pumping. Our results demonstrate that a short cavity length and good heat-dissipation are essential to GaN-based VCSELs. PMID:25873327

  8. Nano-polymer-dispersed liquid crystal as phase modulator for a tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser at 1.55 mum.

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    Levallois, C; Caillaud, B; de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye, J-L; Dupont, L; Lecorre, A; Folliot, H; Dehaese, O; Loualiche, S

    2006-11-20

    We demonstrate what we believe is the first nonmechanical tunable vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser operating in the C band. This was achieved as a result of the combination of an InGaAs quantum well structure with a 6lambda thickness tunable index nano-polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal material. Experimental results exhibited a potential tunable range close to 10 nm, in the preliminary version, and excellent single mode locking due to the side-mode suppression ratio (more than 20 dB) over the whole spectral range. Another decisive advantage, compared to mechanical solutions, was the tuning response time of a few tens of microseconds (>30 micros) to scan the full spectral range (10 nm), making this device appropriate for some access network functions, as well as being robust and low cost. The voltage values are the main limitation to wavelength range extension. We present a first version of the device optically pumped. The next version will be electrically pumped as required for the access network applications targeted here. PMID:17086259

  9. On the importance of cavity-length and heat dissipation in GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

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    Liu, W J; Hu, X L; Ying, L Y; Chen, S Q; Zhang, J Y; Akiyama, H; Cai, Z P; Zhang, B P

    2015-01-01

    Cavity-length dependence of the property of optically pumped GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with two dielectric distributed Bragg reflectors was investigated. The cavity lengths were well controlled by employing etching with inductively coupled plasma and chemical mechanical polishing. It was found that the lasing characteristics including threshold, slope efficiency and spontaneous emission coupling factor were substantially improved with reducing the cavity length. In comparison with the device pumped by a 400 nm pulsed laser, the lasing spectrum was featured by a red shift and simultaneous broadening with increasing the pumping energy of a 355 nm pulsed laser. Moreover, the lasing threshold was much higher when pumped by a 355 nm pulsed laser. These were explained by taking into account of the significant heating effect under 355 nm pumping. Our results demonstrate that a short cavity length and good heat-dissipation are essential to GaN-based VCSELs. PMID:25873327

  10. Collision kernels from velocity-selective optical pumping with magnetic depolarization

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    Bhamre, T.; Marsland, R., III; Kominis, I. K.; McGuyer, B. H.; Happer, W.

    2013-04-01

    We experimentally demonstrate how magnetic depolarization of velocity-selective optical pumping can be used to single out the collisional cusp kernel best describing spin- and velocity-relaxing collisions between potassium atoms and low-pressure helium. The range of pressures and transverse fields used simulate the optical pumping regime pertinent to sodium guidestars employed in adaptive optics. We measure the precession of spin-velocity modes under the application of transverse magnetic fields, simulating the natural configuration of mesospheric sodium optical pumping in the geomagnetic field. We also provide a full theoretical account of the experimental data using the recently developed cusp kernels, which realistically quantify velocity damping collisions in this optical pumping regime. A single cusp kernel with a sharpness s=13±2 provides a global fit to the K-He data.

  11. Exciton dynamics in pentacene and tetracene studied using optical pump-probe spectroscopy

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    Thorsmølle, V. K.; Averitt, R. D.; Demsar, J.; Chi, X.; Smith, D. L.; Ramirez, A. P.; Taylor, A. J.

    We present room temperature photoinduced reflection and transmission measurements in pentacene and tetracene single crystals using optical pump-probe spectroscopy. Singlet exciton recombination, singlet-triplet fission, excited singlet, and triplet state absorption is observed.

  12. Exciton dynamics in pentacene and tetracene studied using optical pump-probe spectroscopy

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    Thorsmølle, V. K.; Averitt, R. D.; Demsar, J.; Chi, X.; Smith, D. L.; Ramirez, A. P.; Taylor, Antoinette J.,

    2004-01-01

    We present room temperature photoinduced reflection and transmission measurements in pentacene and tetracene single crystals using optical pump-probe spectroscopy. Singlet exciton recombination, singlet-triplet fission, excited singlet, and triplet state absorption is observed.

  13. Energy Transport in High-Density Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping Cells

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    Walter, D. K.; Griffith, W. M.; Happer, W.

    2001-04-01

    We present in situ measurements of temperatures inside multi-atmosphere spin-exchange optical pumping cells using Raman scattering from the N2 quenching gas. Under conditions usually prevailing in spin-exchange optical pumping experiments, we find that gas temperatures can be elevated hundreds of degrees above ambient, and that convection plays a very important role in the heat transport of the system.

  14. Efficiency of spin-exchange optical pumping: theoretical limits and practical limitations

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    Erickson, Christopher; Romalis, Michael; Happer, William

    1998-05-01

    We address the issue of how many optical pumping photons are required to polarize the nucleus of a ^3He atom through spin exchange with an alkali vapor. The optimal efficiency is measured to be a factor of 10 greater for K than for Rb. Considerations of the effects associated with the optical pumping cycle suggest that practical attainable efficiencies may be substantially lower than optimal efficiencies.

  15. Temperature-Ramped 129Xe Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping

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    2015-01-01

    We describe temperature-ramped spin-exchange optical pumping (TR-SEOP) in an automated high-throughput batch-mode 129Xe hyperpolarizer utilizing three key temperature regimes: (i) “hot”—where the 129Xe hyperpolarization rate is maximal, (ii) “warm”—where the 129Xe hyperpolarization approaches unity, and (iii) “cool”—where hyperpolarized 129Xe gas is transferred into a Tedlar bag with low Rb content (<5 ng per ∼1 L dose) suitable for human imaging applications. Unlike with the conventional approach of batch-mode SEOP, here all three temperature regimes may be operated under continuous high-power (170 W) laser irradiation, and hyperpolarized 129Xe gas is delivered without the need for a cryocollection step. The variable-temperature approach increased the SEOP rate by more than 2-fold compared to the constant-temperature polarization rate (e.g., giving effective values for the exponential buildup constant γSEOP of 62.5 ± 3.7 × 10–3 min–1 vs 29.9 ± 1.2 × 10–3 min–1) while achieving nearly the same maximum %PXe value (88.0 ± 0.8% vs 90.1% ± 0.8%, for a 500 Torr (67 kPa) Xe cell loading—corresponding to nuclear magnetic resonance/magnetic resonance imaging (NMR/MRI) enhancements of ∼3.1 × 105 and ∼2.32 × 108 at the relevant fields for clinical imaging and HP 129Xe production of 3 T and 4 mT, respectively); moreover, the intercycle “dead” time was also significantly decreased. The higher-throughput TR-SEOP approach can be implemented without sacrificing the level of 129Xe hyperpolarization or the experimental stability for automation—making this approach beneficial for improving the overall 129Xe production rate in clinical settings. PMID:25008290

  16. Temperature-ramped (129)Xe spin-exchange optical pumping.

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    Nikolaou, Panayiotis; Coffey, Aaron M; Barlow, Michael J; Rosen, Matthew S; Goodson, Boyd M; Chekmenev, Eduard Y

    2014-08-19

    We describe temperature-ramped spin-exchange optical pumping (TR-SEOP) in an automated high-throughput batch-mode (129)Xe hyperpolarizer utilizing three key temperature regimes: (i) "hot"-where the (129)Xe hyperpolarization rate is maximal, (ii) "warm"-where the (129)Xe hyperpolarization approaches unity, and (iii) "cool"-where hyperpolarized (129)Xe gas is transferred into a Tedlar bag with low Rb content (<5 ng per ∼1 L dose) suitable for human imaging applications. Unlike with the conventional approach of batch-mode SEOP, here all three temperature regimes may be operated under continuous high-power (170 W) laser irradiation, and hyperpolarized (129)Xe gas is delivered without the need for a cryocollection step. The variable-temperature approach increased the SEOP rate by more than 2-fold compared to the constant-temperature polarization rate (e.g., giving effective values for the exponential buildup constant γSEOP of 62.5 ± 3.7 × 10(-3) min(-1) vs 29.9 ± 1.2 × 10(-3) min(-1)) while achieving nearly the same maximum %PXe value (88.0 ± 0.8% vs 90.1% ± 0.8%, for a 500 Torr (67 kPa) Xe cell loading-corresponding to nuclear magnetic resonance/magnetic resonance imaging (NMR/MRI) enhancements of ∼3.1 × 10(5) and ∼2.32 × 10(8) at the relevant fields for clinical imaging and HP (129)Xe production of 3 T and 4 mT, respectively); moreover, the intercycle "dead" time was also significantly decreased. The higher-throughput TR-SEOP approach can be implemented without sacrificing the level of (129)Xe hyperpolarization or the experimental stability for automation-making this approach beneficial for improving the overall (129)Xe production rate in clinical settings. PMID:25008290

  17. Dynamic model of optically pumped energy storage lasers

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    Kelly, J.H.

    1980-01-01

    A dynamic, complete model of optically pumped, energy storage laser media has been developed. This model predicts stored energy density and heat deposition as a function of both time and space. The relevant physics for solid state and liquid energy storage media has been considered including non-radiative loss mechanisms such as cooperative relaxation and multiphonon relaxation, and radiation loss mechanisms such as spontaneous emission and, for one particular geometry, amplified spontaneous emission. The model was applied to two energy storage media: xenon flashlamp pumped neodymium in glass and resonantly pumped (either xeF or dye) trivalent thulium in glass. For the nonradiative losses in both Nd and Tm systems classical electromagnetic cooperative relaxation theory was used. A concentration squared dependence is predicted and a 3/2 power dependence observed. The linear dependence on concentration of an impurity having a high energy vibration predicted by multiphonon decay theory was observed for Nd in phosphate glasses. This is strong evidence for stimulated phonon emission. Measured zero-doping fluorescence lifetimes were used in the model. Measured zero-doping fluorescence lifetimes were used in the model. Comparisons of predictions with experiment are presented. Finally, the model was applied to a large aperture, active-mirror configuration Nd:glass amplifier. This necessitated including the effect of ASE on the inversion density. Because of the unique geometry of the active mirror amplifier ASE could be approximated as a parasitic oscillation which clamps the inversion at a specific level determined from small signal gain measurements. Comparisons with the measured small signal performance of several active mirrors is shown and agreement is excellent. Consequently, the model has become an on-line design tool for optimization of large aperture amplifiers.

  18. Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Quantum Hall Regimes

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    Barrett, Sean E.

    1998-03-01

    Optical pumping enables the direct detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal of ^71Ga nuclei located in an electron doped GaAs quantum well.footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1368 (1994) This OPNMR technique was previously used to measure the Knight shift (K_S)footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T_1)footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995) near Landau level filling ν=1, which provided the first experimental support for the theoretical predictionsfootnote S. L. Sondhi et al., Phys. Rev. B 47, 16419 (1993); H. A. Fertig et al., Phys. Rev. B 50, 11018 (1994) that the charged excitations of the ν = 1 ground state are novel spin textures called skyrmions. We have recently demonstrated that OPNMR is possible in fields up to B=12 Tesla, and temperatures down to T= 0.3 K, making it a viable new probe of the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime. In this talk we will present our latest OPNMR measurements near Landau level filling ν=1/3, which include the first direct measurement of the electron spin polarization at ν=1/3. The spin polarization drops as the filling factor is varied away from ν=1/3, indicating that the quasiparticles and quasiholes are not fully spin-polarized. We will also show how the NMR lineshape away from ν=1/3 changes dramatically at low temperatures, which is due to slowing of the electron dynamics, and a reduction in the motional narrowing of the NMR line. The current understanding of these results will be discussed.

  19. Design, fabrication and characterization of tunable external cavity diode laser and atom trapping chips for atomic physics

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    Chuang, Ho-Chiao

    External cavity diode laser systems (ECDLs) have been well documented for their suitability in the fields of laser cooling and atom trapping, and are now widely used in optical and atomic physics. A particularly simple implementation of this idea uses feedback from a diffraction grating mounted in the Littrow configuration and the typical size of this laser is quite large (120mmx90mmx90mm). For atom optics, the current atom trapping chips are not in a feedthrough configuration, which makes the chips to glass cell assembly process complicated and the wires and solder areas vulnerable, resulting in an unreliable vacuum seal. Recent experimental realizations of atom optical devices such as atomic waveguides, beam splitters, and on-chip Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) sources have opened a new field for the development of more complex devices such as, e.g., BEC-based atom transistor. This work focuses on micro/nano fabrication techniques to build three different devices for the miniature BEC system. The research work focuses on the development of new ECDLs, a novel fabrication process of feedthrough atom trapping chips for atomic optics and a fabrication process for atom transistor chips. In the ECDLs part, we describe a new method for constructing a smaller external-cavity diode laser by use of a micromachined silicon flexure and a VHG (Volume Holographic Grating). It is much smaller, inexpensive and easy to build because it is based on simple modifications of a few commercial optical and mechanical components but with a specific silicon flexure design enabled by micro-fabrication technology for the laser frequency tuning. In the feedthrough chips part, we present a novel fabrication process for feedthrough atom trapping chips in atomic condensate optics cells using the copper electroplating to seal the vias. The advantages of using feedthrough atom trapping chips are the simple microfabrication process and reduction of the overall chip area bonded on the glass atom

  20. Dual-Wavelength Internal-Optically-Pumped Semiconductor Laser Diodes

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    Green, Benjamin

    Dual-wavelength laser sources have various existing and potential applications in wavelength division multiplexing, differential techniques in spectroscopy for chemical sensing, multiple-wavelength interferometry, terahertz-wave generation, microelectromechanical systems, and microfluidic lab-on-chip systems. In the drive for ever smaller and increasingly mobile electronic devices, dual-wavelength coherent light output from a single semiconductor laser diode would enable further advances and deployment of these technologies. The output of conventional laser diodes is however limited to a single wavelength band with a few subsequent lasing modes depending on the device design. This thesis investigates a novel semiconductor laser device design with a single cavity waveguide capable of dual-wavelength laser output with large spectral separation. The novel dual-wavelength semiconductor laser diode uses two shorter- and longer-wavelength active regions that have separate electron and hole quasi-Fermi energy levels and carrier distributions. The shorter-wavelength active region is based on electrical injection as in conventional laser diodes, and the longer-wavelength active region is then pumped optically by the internal optical field of the shorter-wavelength laser mode, resulting in stable dual-wavelength laser emission at two different wavelengths quite far apart. Different designs of the device are studied using a theoretical model developed in this work to describe the internal optical pumping scheme. The carrier transport and separation of the quasi-Fermi distributions are then modeled using a software package that solves Poisson's equation and the continuity equations to simulate semiconductor devices. Three different designs are grown using molecular beam epitaxy, and broad-area-contact laser diodes are processed using conventional methods. The modeling and experimental results of the first generation design indicate that the optical confinement factor of the

  1. Infrared Studies of Optically Pumped Simple Conjugated Polymers.

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    Schaffer, Howard E.

    This dissertation presents the results of a series of infrared spectroscopic studies of optically pumped simple conjugated polymers. It had previously been shown that photoexcitation of the simplest of these polymers, trans -polyacetylene, produced infrared absorptions characteristic of solitons, which are self-localized defects that arise as solutions to the model Hamiltonian proposed by Su, Schrieffer and Heeger (SSH). Upon this foundation, four lines of research to study conjugated polymers were pursued. One, a highly sensitive repetition of the previous measurements for carefully isomerized samples of both (CH) _{x} and its deuterated analogue, (CD)_{x}, have allowed the observation of very weak absorptions, previously unobserved. The frequencies and intensities of these absorptions agree with those predicted by recent calculations, based on the SSH model, to be due to a third bound mode of the soliton defect. Two, comparison of the photoinduced absorption spectra of a series of samples of Shirakawa, Durham, and Naarman type polyacetylene samples has demonstrated the dependence of both frequencies and relative oscillator strengths of the infrared peaks upon sample preparation. The amplitude mode formalism, combined with the results of other experiments, allows these data to provide a connection between spectroscopy of excited states and sample morphology. Three, more complicated polymers have been studied. The four largest peaks characteristic of photogenerated bipolarons in polythiophene have similar interpretation to the stronger peaks in polyacetylene; smaller features have been interpreted similarly to the weak absorptions described in the previous paragraph. Absorptions at lower energy have been assigned as due to vibrations of the rings of polythiophene which are not related to the Peierls-type electron-phonon coupling described by SSH. Preliminary data on the newer polymer polyisothianaphthene is also presented. And, four, the inconclusive results of a

  2. GaN-based high contrast grating surface-emitting lasers

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    Wu, Tzeng-Tsong; Wu, Shu-Hsien; Lu, Tien-Chang; Wang, Shing-Chung

    2013-02-01

    GaN-based high contrast grating surface-emitting lasers (HCG SELs) with AlN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors were reported. The device exhibited a low threshold pumping energy density of about 0.56 mJ/cm2 and the lasing wavelength was at 393.6 nm with a high degree of polarization of 73% at room temperature. The specific lasing mode and polarization characterisitcs agreed well with the theoretical modeling. The low threshold characteristics of our GaN-based HCG SELs faciliated by the Fano resonance can serve as the best candidate in blue surface emitting laser sources.

  3. Lateral cavity photonic crystal surface emitting laser based on commercial epitaxial wafer.

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    Wang, Yufei; Qu, Hongwei; Zhou, Wenjun; Qi, Aiyi; Zhang, Jianxin; Liu, Lei; Zheng, Wanhua

    2013-04-01

    A lateral cavity photonic crystal surface emitting laser (LC-PCSEL) with airholes of cone-like shape etched near to the active layer is fabricated. It employs only a simple commercial epitaxial wafer without DBR and needs no wafer bonding technique. Surface emitting lasing action at 1575 nm with power of 1.8 mW is observed at room temperature, providing potential values for mass production of electrically driven PCSELs with low cost. Additionally, Fano resonance is utilized to analyze aperture equivalence of PC, and energy distribution in simplified laser structure is simulated to show oscillation and transmission characteristics of laser. PMID:23571974

  4. AlxGa1-xAs Single-Quantum-Well Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Kim, Jae H.

    1992-01-01

    Surface-emitting solid-state laser contains edge-emitting Al0.08Ga0.92As single-quantum-well (SQW) active layer sandwiched between graded-index-of-refraction separate-confinement-heterostructure (GRINSCH) layers of AlxGa1-xAs, includes etched 90 degree mirrors and 45 degree facets to direct edge-emitted beam perpendicular to top surface. Laser resembles those described in "Pseudomorphic-InxGa1-xAs Surface-Emitting Lasers" (NPO-18243). Suitable for incorporation into optoelectronic integrated circuits for photonic computing; e.g., optoelectronic neural networks.

  5. GaN-based surface-emitting lasers using high-contrast grating

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    Lu, Tien-Chang; Wang, Shing-Chung; Wu, Tzeng-Tsong; Wu, Shu-Hsien; Syu, Yu-Cheng

    2014-02-01

    GaN-based surface-emitting lasers (SELs) using high contrast grating (HCG) with AlN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors were reported. The laser device achieved a threshold energy density of about 0.56 mJ/cm2 and the lasing wavelength was at 393.6 nm with a high degree of polarization of 73% at room temperature. The resonant mode and polarization characteristics matched to the theoretical prediction. GaN-based SELs using HCG supported by the Fano resonance can be potential for development of blue surface emitting laser sources

  6. Fano resonances GaN-based high contrast grating surface-emitting lasers

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    Wu, Tzeng-Tsong; Wu, Shu-Hsien; Lu, Tien-Chang; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Wang, Shing-Chung

    2013-03-01

    GaN-based high contrast grating surface-emitting lasers (HCG SELs) with AlN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors were reported. The device exhibited a low threshold pumping energy density of about 0.56 mJ/cm2 and the lasing wavelength was at 393.6 nm with a high degree of polarization of 73% at room temperature. The specific lasing mode and polarization characteristics agreed well with the theoretical modeling. The low threshold characteristics of our GaNbased HCG SELs utilized by the Fano resonance can be potential for development of blue surface emitting laser sources

  7. Generation of picosecond pulses with a gain-switched GaAs surface-emitting laser

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    Karin, J.R.; Melcer, L.G.; Nagarajan, R.; Bowers, J.E.; Corzine, S.W.; Morton, P.A.; Geels, R.S.; Coldren, L.A. )

    1990-09-03

    Pulses shorter than 4 ps (deconvolved) have been obtained by optically gain switching a GaAs multiple quantum well vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with a picosecond dye laser. Pulse width and relative peak delay were measured as a function of pump power. A theoretical model of the large signal response agrees well with the measured data. The model predicts the minimum achievable pulse width and pulse delay for this device structure. Experimental results and calculated values indicate that very high modulation rates are possible with vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

  8. Design and performance of a sensor system for detection of multiple chemicals using an external cavity quantum cascade laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2010-01-01

    We describe the performance of a sensor system designed for simultaneous detection of multiple chemicals with both broad and narrow absorption features. The sensor system consists of a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL), multi-pass Herriott cell, and custom low-noise electronics. The ECQCL features a fast wavelength tuning rate of 2265 cm-1/s (15660 nm/s) over the range of 1150-1270 cm-1 (7.87-8.70 μm), which permits detection of molecules with broad absorption features and dynamic concentrations, while the 0.2 cm-1 spectral resolution of the ECQCL system allows measurement of small molecules with atmospherically broadened absorption lines. High-speed amplitude modulation and low-noise electronics are used to improve the ECQCL performance for direct absorption measurements. We demonstrate simultaneous detection of Freon-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane), ammonia (NH3), and nitrous oxide (N2O) at low-ppb concentrations in field measurements of atmospheric chemical releases from a point source.

  9. External cavity based single mode Fabry-Pérot laser diode and its application towards all-optical digital circuits

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    Nakarmi, Bikash; Zhang, Xuping; Won, Yong Hyub

    2012-11-01

    We have proposed a novel approach of realizing all-optical logic gates and combinational circuit using external cavity based single mode Fabry-Pérot laser diodes (SMFP-LDs). Different techniques and critical parameters for injection locking the any one of the modes of SMFP-LDs are discussed. Taking consideration of wavelength detuning and input injected power, we have proposed and demonstrated multi-input injection locking, supporting beam injection locking with the conventional injection locking which are used for demonstrating different logic gates (NAND, AND, XNOR, XOR, NOT, NOR) and digital circuits (Half adder and Comparator). Since we have used SMFP-LDs, there is no requirement of additional probe beam and associated components as required by other optical technologies making the realization simple in configuration, cost effective and power efficient. Clear output waveforms, eye diagrams, risingfalling times and BER are presented to verify the proposed method. All-optical logic units and digital circuit are demonstrated at the data rate of 10 Gbps with the waveform of NRZ signal waveform and measured eye diagram and BER of the PRBS of 231-1 signal. The maximum power penalty among all demonstrated units is below 1.4 dB at the BER of 10-9.

  10. Design and Performance of a Sensor System for Detection of Multiple Chemicals Using an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser

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    Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Myers, Tanya L.

    2010-01-23

    We describe the performance of a sensor system designed for simultaneous detection of multiple chemicals with both broad and narrow absorption features. The sensor system consists of a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL), multi-pass Herriott cell, and custom low-noise electronics. The ECQCL features a rapid wavelength tuning rate of 2265 cm 1/s (15660 nm/s) over its tuning range of 1150-1270 cm 1 (7.87-8.70 μm), which permits detection of molecules with broad absorption features and dynamic concentrations, while the 0.2 cm-1 spectral resolution of the ECQCL system allows measurement of small molecules with atmospherically broadened absorption lines. High-speed amplitude modulation and low-noise electronics are used to improve the ECQCL performance for direct absorption measurements. We demonstrate simultaneous detection of Freon-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane), ammonia (NH3), and nitrous oxide (N2O) at low-ppb concentrations in field measurements of atmospheric chemical releases from a point source.

  11. High-power, mode-locking, external-cavity feedback diode-pumped laser based on SHG in PPKTP

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    Li, Wenchao; Liu, Zhengjun; Zhao, Hongdong; Li, Zhiquan

    2010-11-01

    The generation of high-power green laser is important for the numerous applications in industry, medicine, research and even entertainment. In addition, mode-locked lasers operating at {100 MHz repetition rate, are particularly attractive for nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Characteristics of high-power, mode-locking green radiation obtained by Nd:YVO4 at 1064nm in the nonlinear crystals of PPKTP are studied. Two identical highly efficient diode-pumped laser heads placed in a plane-plane resonator are used for the input laser based on theoretically investigation of the thermally stable region of Nd:YVO4 rod. The PPKTP crystal of Brewster-cut is used in the external cavity configuration, the cavity losses is significantly smaller than for an antireflection(AR) coated crystal cut for normal incident, however, the effective nonlinearity is reduction. Frequency doubling nonlinear mirror(FDNLM) based on intensity dependent reflection in the laser cavity is used for the laser mode-locking. A stable green output power of 510W with pulse repetition rate of 100MHz and net conversion efficiency of η=50% at an input mode-matched power of 2KW are obtained. Meanwhile, thermal effects in the nonlinear crystal severely limit the efficiency of the laser configuration when using high pump power.

  12. Influence of spectral bandwidth limitations of tuneable external-cavity based quantum cascade laser systems for clinical biofluid analysis

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    Heise, H. Michael; Vahlsing, Thorsten

    2014-02-01

    In many publications, infrared spectroscopy excelled in multi-analyte assays of biofluids. Based on such technology, laboratory and point-of-care applications can be envisaged and most needed devices are for blood glucose measurements. Implementing strict glycemic control can reduce the risk of serious complications in both diabetic and critically ill patients. For this purpose, many different blood glucose monitoring techniques and insulin infusion strategies have been tested towards the realization of an artificial pancreas under closed loop control. However, for patient portable instrumentation current FTIR-spectrometers are still too bulky, which need replacement by devices that allow further miniaturization. Recently developed external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL) are tuneable over about 200 cm-1, which however is still narrow, compared to the range accessible with FTIR-devices. In this work, we applied bandwidth constraints to previous FTIR-studies on blood plasma and dialysates of biofluids. For the clinically most important blood glucose no impairment was found using one laser only, provided that specific interferents were missing. Other analytes of interest, such as lactate and urea, indicated the need of broader tuneability over about 500 cm-1 with a second or third laser for a simultaneous glucose assay.

  13. Periodic error characterization in commercial heterodyne interferometer using an external cavity diode laser based Fabry-Perot interferometer

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    Zhu, Minhao; Wei, Haoyun; Li, Yan

    2014-07-01

    Periodic error is a main error source that limits the measurement accuracy in heterodyne laser interferometry. An external cavity diode laser (ECDL) based Fabry-Perot (F-P) interferometer referenced to an optical frequency comb (OFC) is proposed to characterize the periodic error in heterodyne interferometers. The Pound-Drever-Hall locking technique is employed to lock the tracking ECDL frequency to the resonance of a high finesse F-P cavity. The frequency of a reference ECDL is locked to a selected mode of an OFC to generate a stable single optical frequency. The frequency change of the tracking ECDL induced by the cavity displacement is measured by beating with the reference ECDL locked to the OFC. Experiments show that the F-P interferometer system has a displacement resolution of 1.96 pm. We compared the measurement results of our system with a commercial plane mirror heterodyne interferometer. The period if the periodic error is about half wavelength, with an error amplitude of 4.8 nm.

  14. Standoff detection of explosives and chemical agents using broadly tuned external-cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCLs)

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    Takeuchi, Eric B.; Rayner, Timothy; Weida, Miles; Crivello, Salvatore; Day, Timothy

    2007-10-01

    Civilian soft targets such as transportation systems are being targeted by terrorists using IEDs and suicide bombers. Having the capability to remotely detect explosives, precursors and other chemicals would enable these assets to be protected with minimal interruption of the flow of commerce. Mid-IR laser technology offers the potential to detect explosives and other chemicals in real-time and from a safe standoff distance. While many of these agents possess "fingerprint" signatures in the mid-IR (i.e. in the 3-20 micron regime), their effective interrogation by a practical, field-deployable system has been limited by size, complexity, reliability and cost constraints of the base laser technology. Daylight Solutions has addressed these shortcomings by developing compact, portable, broadly tunable mid-IR laser sources based upon external-cavity quantum cascade technology. This technology is now being applied by Daylight in system level architectures for standoff and remote detection of explosives, precursors and chemical agents. Several of these architectures and predicted levels of performance will be presented.

  15. Design of red-emitting external cavity diode laser module for high-slope efficiency and narrow bandwidth

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    Park, Jiyeon; Song, Hong Joo; Na, Hong Man; Lee, Jun Ho; Yun, Ilgu

    2015-09-01

    A red-emitting external cavity diode laser (ECDL) module was designed to increase the slope efficiency and reduce the bandwidth by tilting the solitary laser diode (LD) 90 deg. This tilt resulted in parallel polarization, which yielded high-slope efficiency and also produced a favorable geometry that minimized the area of the back-focused beam, thereby facilitating selection of a specific wavelength. A ray-tracing simulator was used to optimize optical parameters such as the back focal length of the collimating lens, the cavity length, and the grating's groove density. Based on the optimized structure, an ECDL module package was designed for thermal control by using autodisk computer-aided design tool. The resulting module obtained high-slope efficiency and narrow-bandwidth emission of red light, making it suitable for potential application as a light source for a commercial three-dimensional holographic system. The module achieved the narrow bandwidth of 80 pm and the slope efficiency of 0.81 W/A, which compared favorably with the output power of 0.8 to 0.9 W/A of commercial solitary LDs.

  16. Simple detuning method for low-chirp operation in polymer-based tunable external-cavity lasers.

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    Choi, Byung-Seok; Jeong, Jong Sool; Lee, Hak-Kyu; Chung, Yun C

    2015-11-30

    We propose and demonstrate a simple detuning method for the low-chirp operation of a polymer-based tunable external-cavity laser (ECL). To ensure the low-chirp operation of this directly-modulated ECL, we first obtain the optimum values of the heater current applied to the polymer Bragg grating reflector (PBR) and the operating temperature of this ECL. For this purpose, we sweep the current applied to the phase control heater until the peak output power measured from the high-reflection (HR) coated facet reaches the minimum value. We then operate this ECL with minimum chirp by tuning the lasing mode to the longer wavelength limit of the stable operation region. This is because the detuned loading effect is maximized at this limit as the in-phase condition between the lights reflected from the PBR and anti-reflection (AR) coated facet of the gain medium is satisfied. Thus, by using this method together with conventional wavelength-locking algorithm, we can operate this ECL with minimum chirp at any wavelength. PMID:26698698

  17. Photonic crystal-based flat lens integrated on a Bragg mirror for high-Q external cavity low noise laser.

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    Seghilani, M S; Sellahi, M; Devautour, M; Lalanne, P; Sagnes, I; Beaudoin, G; Myara, M; Lafosse, X; Legratiet, L; Yang, J; Garnache, A

    2014-03-10

    We demonstrate a high reflectivity (> 99%), low-loss (< 0.1%) and aberrations-free (2% of λ rms phase fluctuations) concave Bragg mirror (20mm radius of curvature) integrating a photonic crystal with engineered spherical phase and amplitude transfer functions, based on a III-V semiconductors flat photonics technology. This mirror design is of high interest for highly coherent high power stable external cavity semiconductor lasers, exhibiting very low noise. We design the photonic crystal for operation in the pass band. The approach incorporates spatial, spectral (filter bandwidth= 5nm) and polarization filtering capabilities. Thanks to the mirror, a compact single mode TEM(00) 2mm-long air gap high finesse (cold cavity Q-factor 10(6) - 10(7)) stable laser cavity is demonstrated with a GaAs-based quantum-wells 1/2-VCSEL gain structure at 1μm. Excellent laser performances are obtained in single frequency operation: low threshold density of 2kW/cm(2) with high differential efficiency (21%). And high spatial, temporal and polarization coherence: TEM(00) beam close to diffraction limit, linear light polarization (> 60dB), Side Mode Suppression Ratio > 46dB, relative intensity noise at quantum limit (< -150dB) in 1MHz-84GHz radio frequency range, and a theoretical linewidth fundamental limit at 10 Hz (Q-factor ∼ 3.10(13)). PMID:24663933

  18. A Subfemtotesla Atomic Magnetometer Based on Hybrid Optical Pumping of Potassium and Rubidium

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    Li, Yang; Cai, Hongwei; Ding, Ming; Quan, Wei; Fang, Jiancheng

    2016-05-01

    Atomic magnetometers, based on detection of Larmor spin precession of optically pumped atoms, have been researched and applied extensively. Higher sensitivity and spatial resolution combined with no cryogenic cooling of atomic magnetometers would enable many applications with low cost, including the magnetoencephalography (MEG). Ultrahigh sensitivity atomic magnetometer is considered to be the main development direction for the future. Hybrid optical pumping has been proposed to improve the efficiency of nuclear polarization. But it can also be used for magnetic field measurement. This method can control absorption of optical pumping light, which is benefit for improving the uniformity of alkali metal atoms polarization and the sensitivity of atomic magnetometer. In addition, it allows optical pumping in the absence of quenching gas. We conduct experiments with a hybrid optically pumped atomic magnetometer using a cell containing potassium and rubidium. By adjusting the density ratio of alkali metal and the pumping laser conditions, we measured the magnetic field sensitivity better than 0.7 fT/sqrt(Hz).

  19. Coherent continuous-wave dual-frequency high-Q external-cavity semiconductor laser for GHz-THz applications.

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    Paquet, Romain; Blin, Stéphane; Myara, Mikhaël; Gratiet, Luc Le; Sellahi, Mohamed; Chomet, Baptiste; Beaudoin, Grégoire; Sagnes, Isabelle; Garnache, Arnaud

    2016-08-15

    We report a continuous-wave highly-coherent and tunable dual-frequency laser emitting at two frequencies separated by 30 GHz to 3 THz, based on compact III-V diode-pumped quantum-well surface-emitting semiconductor laser technology. The concept is based on the stable simultaneous operation of two Laguerre-Gauss transverse modes in a single-axis short cavity, using an integrated sub-wavelength-thick metallic mask. Simultaneous operation is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally by recording intensity noises and beat frequency, and time-resolved optical spectra. We demonstrated a >80  mW output power, diffraction-limited beam, narrow linewidth of <300  kHz, linear polarization state (>45  dB), and low intensity noise class-A dynamics of <0.3% rms, thus opening the path to a compact low-cost coherent GHz to THz source development. PMID:27519080

  20. Highly uniform and reproducible vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Hou, H.Q.; Chui, H.C.; Choquette, K.D.; Hammons, B.E.; Breiland, W.G.; Geib, K.M.

    1996-01-01

    We show that the uniformity of the lasing wavelength of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) can be as good as {plus_minus}0.3% across a entire 3 in. wafer in MOCVD growth with a similar run-to-run reproducibility.

  1. Resonant cascaded surface-emitting second-harmonic generation: a strong third-order nonlinear process.

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    Khurgin, J B; Ding, Y J

    1994-07-15

    A novel practical scheme for implementation of the cascaded nonlinearity with surface-emitting second-harmonic generation in the Fabry-Perot cavity is presented. We show that such a scheme can be efficiently used for optical limiting and optical phase conjugation at a pump power of lessthan 100 mW. PMID:19844518

  2. Transverse Mode Dynamics and Ultrafast Modulation of Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Ning, Cun-Zheng; Biegel, Bryan A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    We show that multiple transverse mode dynamics of VCSELs (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers) can be utilized to generate ultrafast intensity modulation at a frequency over 100 GHz, much higher than the relaxation oscillation frequency. Such multimode beating can be greatly enhanced by taking laser output from part of the output facet.

  3. Coherent coupling of independent grating-surface-emitting diode laser arrays using an external prism

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    Carlson, N.W.; Evans, G.A.; Lurie, M.; Hammer, J.M.; Kaiser, C.J.; Liew, S.K. )

    1990-01-08

    Pairs of grating surface-emitting arrays, on a single wafer but free-running, were externally coupled with a prism. The prism acted as an optical coupler between one distributed Bragg reflector in each array. Injection locking was demonstrated by observing a dramatic increase in the lateral coherence of the far field of the prism-coupled arrays.

  4. Ultrafast switching characteristics of a bistable surface-emitting multiple quantum well distributed Bragg reflector laser

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    Kojima, K.; Kyuma, K.; Noda, S.; Ohta, J.; Hamanaka, K.

    1988-03-21

    We describe an ultrafast switching operation of a bistable surface-emitting distributed Bragg reflector laser. The rise time was as small as 12 ps and the fall time was 90 ps. Both are much smaller than those of conventional bistable laser diodes. Ths was realized by the effect of the multiple quantum well structure and a strong detuning.

  5. Analysis of surface-emitting. lambda. /4-shifted DFB lasers with a distributed Bragg reflector

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    Makino, T. )

    1991-01-01

    Threshold current density and differential quantum efficiency are analyzed for surface emitting (SE) {lambda}/4-shifted distributed feedback (DFB) laser consisting of alternating active and passive layers with a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR). It is shown that the refractive-index periodicity of the active region in DFB structures give rise to unique performances compared to SE DBR lasers with a homogeneous active region.

  6. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external-cavity quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Gong, L.; Lewicki, R.; Griffin, R. J.; Flynn, J. H.; Lefer, B. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    2011-06-01

    In order to improve the current understanding of the dynamics of ammonia (NH3) in a major industrial and urban area, intensive measurements of atmospheric NH3 were conducted in Houston during two sampling periods (12 February 2010-1 March 2010 and 5 August 2010-25 September 2010). The measurements were performed with a 10.4-μm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL)-based sensor employing conventional photo-acoustic spectroscopy. The mixing ratio of NH3 ranged from 0.1 to 8.7 ppb with a mean of 2.4 ± 1.2 ppb in winter and ranged from 0.2 to 27.1 ppb with a mean of 3.1 ± 2.9 ppb in summer. The larger levels in summer probably are due to higher ambient temperature. A notable morning increase and a mid-day decrease were observed in the diurnal profile of NH3 mixing ratios. Motor vehicles were found to be major contributors to the elevated levels during morning rush hours in winter. However, changes in vehicular catalytic converter performance and other local or regional emission sources from different wind directions governed the behavior of NH3 during morning rush hours in summer. There was a large amount of variability, particularly in summer, with several episodes of elevated NH3 mixing ratios that could be linked to industrial facilities. A considerable discrepancy in NH3 mixing ratios existed between weekdays and weekends. This study suggests that NH3 mixing ratios in Houston occasionally exceeded previous modeling predictions when sporadic and substantial enhancements occurred, potentially causing profound effects on particulate matter formation and local air quality.

  7. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external-cavity quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Gong, L.; Lewicki, R.; Griffin, R. J.; Flynn, J. H.; Lefer, B. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    2011-09-01

    In order to improve the current understanding of the dynamics of ammonia (NH3) in a major industrial and urban area, intensive measurements of atmospheric NH3 were conducted in Houston during two sampling periods (12 February 2010-1 March 2010 and 5 August 2010-25 September 2010). The measurements were performed with a 10.4-μm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL)-based sensor employing conventional photo-acoustic spectroscopy. The mixing ratio of NH3 ranged from 0.1 to 8.7 ppb with a mean of 2.4 ± 1.2 ppb in winter and ranged from 0.2 to 27.1 ppb with a mean of 3.1 ± 2.9 ppb in summer. The larger levels in summer probably are due to higher ambient temperature. A notable morning increase and a mid-day decrease were observed in the diurnal profile of NH3 mixing ratios. Motor vehicles were found to be major contributors to the elevated levels during morning rush hours in winter. However, changes in vehicular catalytic converter performance and other local or regional emission sources from different wind directions governed the behavior of NH3 during morning rush hours in summer. There was a large amount of variability, particularly in summer, with several episodes of elevated NH3 mixing ratios that could be linked to industrial facilities. A considerable discrepancy in NH3 mixing ratios existed between weekdays and weekends. This study suggests that NH3 mixing ratios in Houston occasionally exceeded previous modeling predictions when sporadic and substantial enhancements occurred, potentially causing profound effects on particulate matter formation and local air quality.

  8. Method and device for remotely monitoring an area using a low peak power optical pump

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    Woodruff, Steven D.; Mcintyre, Dustin L.; Jain, Jinesh C.

    2014-07-22

    A method and device for remotely monitoring an area using a low peak power optical pump comprising one or more pumping sources, one or more lasers; and an optical response analyzer. Each pumping source creates a pumping energy. The lasers each comprise a high reflectivity mirror, a laser media, an output coupler, and an output lens. Each laser media is made of a material that emits a lasing power when exposed to pumping energy. Each laser media is optically connected to and positioned between a corresponding high reflectivity mirror and output coupler along a pumping axis. Each output coupler is optically connected to a corresponding output lens along the pumping axis. The high reflectivity mirror of each laser is optically connected to an optical pumping source from the one or more optical pumping sources via an optical connection comprising one or more first optical fibers.

  9. Widely tunable eye-safe laser by a passively Q-switched photonic crystal fiber laser and an external-cavity optical parametric oscillator

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    Chang, H. L.; Zhuang, W. Z.; Huang, W. C.; Huang, J. Y.; Huang, K. F.; Chen, Y. F.

    2011-09-01

    We report on a widely tunable passively Q-switched photonic crystal fiber (PCF) laser with wavelength tuning range up to 80 nm. The PCF laser utilizes an AlGaInAs quantum well/barrier structure as a saturable absorber and incorporates an external-cavity optical parametric oscillator (OPO) to achieve wavelength conversion. Under a pump power of 13.1 W at 976 nm, the PCF laser generated 1029-nm radiation with maximum output energy of 750 μJ and was incident into an external-cavity OPO. The output energy and peak power of signal wave was found to be 138 μJ and 19 kW, respectively. By tuning the temperature of nonlinear crystal, periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN), in the OPO, the signal wavelength in eye-safe regime from 1513 to 1593 nm was obtained.

  10. Extending the mode-hop-free tuning range of an external-cavity diode laser by synchronous tuning with mode matching.

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    Gong, Hai; Liu, Zhigang; Zhou, Yangli; Zhang, Weibo

    2014-11-20

    We present an effective method to extend the mode-hop-free (MHF) tuning range of an external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) by synchronous tuning of the longitudinal modes of the external cavity and the internal cavity, with the mode also matched in the initial state. Both the principle of synchronous tuning and the condition of mode matching in a Littman-configuration ECDL are introduced. The necessary tuning parameters could simply be estimated by the output power curve of the tuning with a single photodiode. By using this tuning method, we increased the MHF tuning range of an ECDL with a nonoptimized reflector pivot position from several gigahertzes to over 78 GHz around 774.5 nm. The tuning performance of the ECDL could meet the requirement of frequency scanned interferometry. PMID:25607863

  11. Watt-level, mid-infrared output from a BaWO(4) external-cavity Raman laser at 2.6  μm.

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    Kuzucu, Onur

    2015-11-01

    An external-cavity Raman laser with a BaWO(4) crystal is reported to generate a high-brightness, mid-infrared output at 2.6 μm. An actively Q-switched Ho:YAG laser at 2.097 μm is used as the pump source. The first Stokes output from the Raman laser reached 1.35 W with a near-diffraction-limited beam quality. Pulse widths as short as 8.5 ns are measured at a repetition rate of 5 kHz. Maximum conversion efficiency with respect to the incident pump power is measured as 14%. This simplified external-cavity configuration facilitates the realization of Raman-shifted sources within the water absorption window, using fixed and tunable Tm- and Ho-doped solid-state and fiber lasers. PMID:26512523

  12. Broadband tunable InAs/InP quantum dot external-cavity laser emitting around 1.55 μm.

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    Gao, F; Luo, S; Ji, H M; Yang, X G; Liang, P; Yang, T

    2015-07-13

    We report a broadband tunable external-cavity laser based on InAs/InP quantum dots (QDs) grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. It is found that high AsH₃ flow during the interruption after QD deposition greatly promotes QD ripening, which improves the optical gain of QD active medium in lower energy states. Combined with anti-reflection/high-reflection facet coatings, a broadly tunable InAs/InP QD external-cavity laser was realized with a tuning range of 140.4 nm across wavelengths from 1436.6 nm to 1577 nm at a maximum output power of 6 mW. PMID:26191907

  13. Light narrowing of rubidium magnetic-resonance lines in high-pressure optical-pumping cells

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    Appelt, S.; Ben-Amar Baranga, A.; Young, A. R.; Happer, W.

    1999-03-01

    We report on some unusual magnetic-resonance phenomena of optically pumped Rb vapor in high-pressure gas cells. When Rb-Rb spin exchange is the fastest spin-relaxation rate, we observe a considerable narrowing of the magnetic-resonance linewidths with increasing pump-laser power. The experimentally measured Rb magnetic-resonance linewidths are in excellent agreement with a theoretical model, which includes the processes of Rb-He and Rb-Xe spin destruction, Rb-Rb spin exchange, and Rb optical pumping.

  14. Radiation trapping in rubidium optical pumping at low buffer-gas pressures

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    Rosenberry, M. A.; Reyes, J. P.; Gay, T. J.; Tupa, D.

    2007-02-15

    We have made a systematic study of rubidium optical pumping in a simple cylindrical cell geometry with a high-power 10 W diode laser array, low magnetic fields, and buffer-gas pressures of less than 50 torr. We have determined rubidium polarizations experimentally for H{sub 2}, N{sub 2}, He, and Ar buffer gases, with Rb number densities from 10{sup 12} to 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}. Comparison to a relatively simple optical pumping model allows us to extract useful information about radiation trapping and quenching effects.

  15. External cavity laser using a InAs quantum dot gain chip and an arrayed-waveguide grating for T-band optical communications

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    Shibutani, Hideki; Tomomatsu, Yasunori; Sawado, Yoshinori; Yoshizawa, Katsumi; Asakura, Hideaki; Idris, Nazirul Afham; Tsuda, Hiroyuki

    2015-02-01

    Utilizing T-band (1000 nm to 1260 nm) for optical communications is promising for short reach, and large capacity networks, such as data centers or access networks. It is feasible to use this with low-cost coarse wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). However, a tunable wavelength light source is necessary for such applications. In this paper, we propose a new configuration for an external cavity laser, which uses a silica-based arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) for the wavelength selecting element. The external cavity laser consists of a gain chip with high reflection (HR) and anti-reflection (AR) coated facets, coupling lenses, an AWG with AR/HR coatings, and an output fiber. The AWG has 17 connection ports, which correspond to 17 wavelengths with a channel spacing of 1.67 nm. The width of the connection port waveguides was optimized to achieve high coupling efficiency. The AWG chip size is 15 mm x 30 mm. The active layer in the gain chip has InAs quantum dots. The spontaneous emission 3-dB bandwidth was 48 nm (1108 nm to 1156 nm) when a current of 150 mA was injected into the gain chip. The lasing wavelength of the external cavity laser was successfully tuned from 1129.9 nm to 1154.4 nm by selecting the connection ports of the AWG. The typical threshold current was about 130 mA.

  16. High-energy terahertz wave parametric oscillator with a surface-emitted ring-cavity configuration.

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    Yang, Zhen; Wang, Yuye; Xu, Degang; Xu, Wentao; Duan, Pan; Yan, Chao; Tang, Longhuang; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-05-15

    A surface-emitted ring-cavity terahertz (THz) wave parametric oscillator has been demonstrated for high-energy THz output and fast frequency tuning in a wide frequency range. Through the special optical design with a galvano-optical scanner and four-mirror ring-cavity structure, the maximum THz wave output energy of 12.9 μJ/pulse is achieved at 1.359 THz under the pump energy of 172.8 mJ. The fast THz frequency tuning in the range of 0.7-2.8 THz can be accessed with the step response of 600 μs. Moreover, the maximum THz wave output energy from this configuration is 3.29 times as large as that obtained from the conventional surface-emitted THz wave parametric oscillator with the same experimental conditions. PMID:27176978

  17. Dynamic Range of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers in Multimode Links

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    Lee, H.L.T.; Dalal, R.V.; Ram, R.J.; Choquette, K.D.

    1999-07-07

    The authors report spurious free dynamic range measurements of 850nm vertical cavity surface emitting lasers in short multimode links for radio frequency communication. For a 27m fiber link, the dynamic range at optimal bias was greater than 95dB-Hz{sup 2/3} for modulation frequencies between 1 and 5.5 GHz, which exceeds the requirements for antenna remoting in microcellular networks. In a free space link, they have measured the highest dynamic range in an 850nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser of 113dB-Hz{sup 2/3} at 900MHz. We have also investigated the effects of modal noise and differential mode delay on the dynamic range for longer lengths of fiber.

  18. Vertical cavity surface-emitting semiconductor lasers with injection laser pumping

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    McDaniel, D. L., Jr.; McInerney, J. G.; Raja, M. Y. A.; Schaus, C. F.; Brueck, S. R. J.

    1990-05-01

    Continuous-wave GaAs/GaAlAs edge-emitting diode lasers were used to pump GaAs/AlGaAs and InGaAs/AlGaAs vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with resonant periodic gain (RPG) at room temperature. Pump threshold as low as 11 mW, output powers as high as 27 mW at 850 nm, and external differential quantum efficiencies of about 70 percent were observed in GaAs/AlGaAs surface -emitters; spectral brightness 22 times that of the pump laser was also observed. Output powers as high as 85 mW at 950 nm and differential quantum efficiencies of up to 58 percent were recorded for the InGaAs surface-emitting laser. This is the highest quasi-CW output power ever reported for any RPG VCSEL, and the first time such a device has been pumped using an injection laser diode.

  19. Phase-locked arrays of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Warren, M.E.; Lear, K.L.; Gourley, P.L.; Hadley, G.R.; Vawter, G.A.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.; Zolper, J.C.; Lott, J.A.; Chalmers, S.A.

    1994-04-01

    Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELS) are of increasing interest to the photonics community because of their surface-emitting structure, simple fabrication and packaging, wafer-level testability, and potential for low cost manufacture. Scaling VCSELs to higher power outputs requires increasing the device area, which leads to transverse mode control difficulties if devices become larger than about 5 microns. One approach to increasing the device size while maintaining a well controlled transverse mode profile is formation of coupled or phase-locked two-dimensional arrays of VCSELs that are individually single-transverse mode. Such arrays have unique optical properties, not all of which are desirable. This paper covers some of the basic principles of these devices and reviews recent work on device designs, fabrication and operation. A technique for improving the far-field properties of the arrays is demonstrated and performance limitations are discussed.

  20. Emission properties of surface-emitting distributed-feedback and distributed-Bragg-reflector semiconductor lasers

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    Dziura, T. G.; Wang, S. C.

    1989-05-15

    We use a single-mode transfer equation model to study the performance of vertical-cavity surface-emitting distributed-feedback (DFB) and distributed-Bragg-reflector (DBR) semiconductor lasers above threshold. We find that DBR lasers exhibit less envelope spatial hole burning than both single and double phase-shifted DFB lasers and therefore may achieve more stable single-longitudinal-mode operation.

  1. High-power diode-pumped AlGaAs surface-emitting laser.

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    Holm, M A; Burns, D; Cusumano, P; Ferguson, A I; Dawson, M D

    1999-09-20

    We report the development and characterization of an efficient diode-pumped surface-emitting semiconductor laser operating at approximately 870 nm. By using a semiconductor Bragg reflector stack/multiple GaAs quantum well structure, mounted within a conventional laser cavity, we achieved single transverse mode laser output powers of 153 mW. Self-tuning over a 15-nm spectral range has been obtained. PMID:18324092

  2. Means for phase locking the outputs of a surface emitting laser diode array

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    Lesh, James R. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    An array of diode lasers, either a two-dimensional array of surface emitting lasers, or a linear array of stripe lasers, is phase locked by a diode laser through a hologram which focuses the output of the diode laser into a set of distinct, spatially separated beams, each one focused onto the back facet of a separate diode laser of the array. The outputs of the diode lasers thus form an emitted coherent beam out of the front of the array.

  3. GaInAsP/InP surface emitting injection laser with a ring electrode

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    Uchiyama, S.; Iga, K.

    1984-10-01

    A GaInAsP/InP surface emitting injection laser (lambda = 1.2 microns) with a ring electrode has been fabricated. In this structure the reflecting mirror has been separated from the p-side electrode in order to increase the reflectivity. Threshold current was 90 mA at 77 K and the operating temperature has been raised up to -85 C. The cavity length was 7.5 microns and single longitudinal mode operation was achieved.

  4. Progress in High-Field Optical Pumping of Alkali Metal Nuclei

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    Patton, B.; Ishikawa, K.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2006-05-01

    We present preliminary results of an attempt to polarize alkali metal nuclei via optical pumping in a large (9.4-tesla) magnetic field. NMR measurements of ^87Rb and ^133Cs films in optical cells will be reported. Depopulation pumping of alkalis can easily produce electron polarizations of order unity, as measured during spin-exchange optical pumping of noble gases [1]. At low magnetic fields (< ˜1 kG), the strong hyperfine coupling between the alkali electron and nucleus allows angular momentum exchange from one to the other, resulting in nuclear polarization enhancement through optical pumping. In the high magnetic fields required for NMR, however, this interaction is largely decoupled and electron-nuclear spin exchange must rely upon the δA I .S interaction induced by buffer gas collisions (also called the ``Carver rate''). High-field optical pumping experiments may allow for a more precise measurement of this rate, as well as yielding insight into the transfer of angular momentum from the polarized alkali vapor to the bulk alkali metal on the cell walls. The technical challenges of high-resolution NMR of alkali metals at 9.4 tesla will be discussed. 1. E. Babcock, I. Nelson, S. Kadlecek, et al., Physical Review Letters 91, 123003 (2003).

  5. Simulations of the Spatial Dependence of Populations in High Field Optical Pumping

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    Olsen, Ben; Happer, Will

    2010-03-01

    Optical pumping of alkali atoms forms the basis for many modern experiments including atomic clocks, magnetometers, and hyperpolarization of noble gases and solids. The alkali atoms in these experiments interact with other alkali atoms, the optical pumping laser, buffer gas or noble gas targets, and the glass cell walls or a coating. Recent experimental results at high magnetic fields have shown that ground-state sublevel populations in a cesium vapor exhibit spatial diffusion, each with a different effective diffusion length. At high magnetic fields, each ground-state sublevel can be individually probed with a weak D1 (S1/2->P1/2) laser while a stronger D2 (S1/2->P3/2) laser depopulates a single sublevel. The probe beam is physically translated to measure the populations at different positions in the vapor cell. To try and understand some unexpected features observed in the sublevel populations undergoing optical pumping, we present a numerical model of the density matrix of alkali atoms as a function of position within the vapor cell. Steady-state sublevel populations are shown for atoms undergoing optical pumping, alkali-alkali collisions, alkali-buffer gas collisions, and depolarization at the cell walls, and these results are compared to experimental observations.

  6. Spectrally narrow mid-infrared optically pumped lasers with partial surface DBR.

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    Yang, Chi; Kaspi, Ron; Tilton, Michael L; Chavez, Joseph R; Ongstad, Andrew P; Dente, Gregory C

    2012-05-01

    An optically pumped mid-infrared edge-emitting laser is described, in which a Distributed Bragg Reflector grating partially occupies the surface, and provides spectral narrowing in a high power device. A quasi-continuous-wave power of 3 Watts is obtained at 3.6 µm that is contained within a spectral width of 7 nm. PMID:22565707

  7. Energy-transfer mechanisms in the CH3F-SF6 optically pumped laser

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1980-01-01

    The power of an optically pumped CH3F laser operating on the 496-micron line has been doubled with the addition of SF6 without any corresponding increase in pump absorption. It is suggested that a near-resonant energy transfer between CH3F and SF6 followed by SF6 deactivation is the mechanism responsible for the enhancement.

  8. Atmospheric ammonia measurements in Houston, TX using an external cavity-quantum cascade laser-based sensor

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    Gong, L.; Lewicki, R.; Griffin, R. J.; Flynn, J. H.; Lefer, B. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    2010-12-01

    Ammonia (NH3) plays a significant role in atmospheric chemistry. It has many anthropogenic (e.g., agricultural crops and mineral fertilizers) and natural sources (e.g., animals, oceans, and vegetation) in the environment. In certain areas, industrial and motor vehicle activities also can contribute to increases in atmospheric NH3 levels. From a perspective of environmental concern, NH3 is a precursor of particulate matter (PM) because it can lead to production of ammonium salts (e.g., (NH4)2SO4 and NH4NO3) through chemical reactions with sulfuric and nitric acid. As a result, the abundance of NH3 in the atmosphere has a great impact on aerosol nucleation and composition. Despite this, NH3 is not regulated. It is crucial, however, to improve our understanding of the dynamics of NH3 in an industrial and urban area such as Greater Houston where atmospheric NH3 data are limited. In this study, a 10.4 µm external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL)-based sensor was developed and utilized. To monitor atmospheric NH3 at trace gas concentration levels, an amplitude modulated photo-acoustic spectroscopy (AM-PAS) technique was employed. The minimum detection limit obtained from the sensor is ~1.5 ppb for a 5-second data acquisition time. After averaging data over 300 seconds a sub-ppb NH3 concentration level can be achieved. The NH3 sensor has been deployed on the roof of a ~60-meter-high building (North Moody Tower) located on the University of Houston campus since November 2009. Several episodes of high NH3 concentrations were observed. For example, the sensor recorded a significant and lasting increase in NH3 concentrations (~21 ppb) on August 14, 2010, when a major accident occurred during the same time period on the Gulf Freeway (I-45) in Houston only 2 miles from the sampling site. The elevated concentration levels are assumed to be associated with NH3 generation from a chemical fire resulting from the collision involving two 18-wheelers, one carrying fertilizer

  9. Optimizations of spin-exchange relaxation-free magnetometer based on potassium and rubidium hybrid optical pumping

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    Fang, Jiancheng; Wang, Tao Li, Yang; Zhang, Hong; Zou, Sheng

    2014-12-15

    The hybrid optical pumping atomic magnetometers have not realized its theoretical sensitivity, the optimization is critical for optimal performance. The optimizations proposed in this paper are suitable for hybrid optical pumping atomic magnetometer, which contains two alkali species. To optimize the parameters, the dynamic equations of spin evolution with two alkali species were solved, whose steady-state solution is used to optimize the parameters. The demand of the power of the pump beam is large for hybrid optical pumping. Moreover, the sensitivity of the hybrid optical pumping magnetometer increases with the increase of the power density of the pump beam. The density ratio between the two alkali species is especially important for hybrid optical pumping magnetometer. A simple expression for optimizing the density ratio is proposed in this paper, which can help to determine the mole faction of the alkali atoms in fabricating the hybrid cell before the cell is sealed. The spin-exchange rate between the two alkali species is proportional to the saturated density of the alkali vapor, which is highly dependent on the temperature of the cell. Consequently, the sensitivity of the hybrid optical pumping magnetometer is dependent on the temperature of the cell. We proposed the thermal optimization of the hybrid cell for a hybrid optical pumping magnetometer, which can improve the sensitivity especially when the power of the pump beam is low. With these optimizations, a sensitivity of approximately 5 fT/Hz{sup 1/2} is achieved with gradiometer arrangement.

  10. Spectral and angular dependence of mid-infrared diffuse scattering from explosives residues for standoff detection using external cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-09-01

    We present a study of the spectral and angular dependence of scattered mid-infrared light from surfaces coated with explosives residues (TNT, RDX, and tetryl) detected at a 2 m standoff distance. An external cavity quantum cascade laser provided tunable illumination between 7 and 8 μm. Important differences were identified in the spectral features between specular reflection and diffuse scattering which will impact most practical testing scenarios and complicate material identification. We discuss some of the factors influencing the dependence of observed spectra on the experimental geometry.

  11. High-power ({gt}0.9 W cw) diffraction-limited semiconductor laser based on a fiber Bragg grating external cavity

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    Cornwell, D.M. , Jr.; Thomas, H.J.

    1997-02-01

    We have developed a high-power ({gt}0.9 W cw) diffraction-limited semiconductor laser based on a tapered semiconductor optical amplifier using a fiber Bragg grating in an external cavity configuration. Frequency-selective feedback from the fiber grating is injected into the amplifier via direct butt coupling through a single mode fiber, resulting in a spectrally stable and narrow ({lt}0.3 nm) high-power laser for solid-state laser pumping, laser remote sensing, and optical communications. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  12. Spectral and angular dependence of mid-infrared diffuse scattering from explosives residues for standoff detection using external cavity quantum cascade lasers

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    Suter, Jonathan D.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Phillips, Mark C.

    2012-09-01

    We present a study of the spectral and angular dependence of scattered mid-infrared light from surfaces coated with explosives residues (TNT, RDX, and tetryl) detected at a 2 meter standoff distance. An external cavity quantum cascade laser provided tunable illumination between 7 and 8 µm. Important differences were identified in the spectral features between specular reflection and diffuse scattering which will impact most practical testing scenarios and complicate material identification. We discuss some of the factors influencing the dependence of observed spectra on the experimental geometry.

  13. Mather-type dense plasma focus as a new optical pump for short-wavelength high-power lasers

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    Fanning, J.J.; Kim, K.

    1984-04-01

    For the first time, a Mather-type dense plasma focus (MDPF) is successfully operated as an optical pump for lasers. Rhodamine-6G dye is optically pumped using the MDPF fluorescence, producing a laser pulse 1 ..mu..s in duration and more than 50 kW in output power. No optimization is attempted either of the laser cavity or of the lasing medium concentration and volume. A brief description of the experimental setup is presented, along with a summary and discussion of the results. The advantages of the present optical pump source and, in particular, their implications for the pumping of short-wavelength lasers are discussed.

  14. Many body effects in the temperature dependence of threshold in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Chow, W.W.; Corzine, S.W.; Young, D.B.; Coldren, L.A.

    1995-05-08

    The temperature dependence of the threshold in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser is investigated. Comparison of theory with experiment indicates that many-body Coulomb interactions play an important role.

  15. High Energy Terahertz Parametric Oscillator Based on Surface-Emitted Configuration

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    Xu, De-Gang; Zhang, Hao; Jiang, Hao; Wang, Yu-Ye; Liu, Chang-Ming; Yu, Hong; Li, Zhong-Yang; Shi, Wei; Yao, Jian-Quan

    2013-02-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a high power nanosecond pulsed terahertz (THz)-wave parametric oscillator (TPO) by using a wide pump beam. A surface emitted cavity configuration is employed to reduce the THz absorption in MgO:LiNbO3 crystal. The THz wave can be tuned from 1 THz to 3 THz. A maximum THz output energy of 438 nJ/pulse is achieved at 1.56 Hz using a 4.5-mm-diameter pump beam with a pulse energy of 226 mJ pump energy with the repetition of 10 Hz, corresponding to the energy conversion efficiency of 1.94 × 10-6.

  16. Method for accurate growth of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Chalmers, S.A.; Killeen, K.P.; Lear, K.L.

    1995-03-14

    The authors report a method for accurate growth of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The method uses a single reflectivity spectrum measurement to determine the structure of the partially completed VCSEL at a critical point of growth. This information, along with the extracted growth rates, allows imprecisions in growth parameters to be compensated for during growth of the remaining structure, which can then be completed with very accurate critical dimensions. Using this method, they can now routinely grow lasing VCSELs with Fabry-Perot cavity resonance wavelengths controlled to within 0.5%. 4 figs.

  17. Method for accurate growth of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Chalmers, Scott A.; Killeen, Kevin P.; Lear, Kevin L.

    1995-01-01

    We report a method for accurate growth of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The method uses a single reflectivity spectrum measurement to determine the structure of the partially completed VCSEL at a critical point of growth. This information, along with the extracted growth rates, allows imprecisions in growth parameters to be compensated for during growth of the remaining structure, which can then be completed with very accurate critical dimensions. Using this method, we can now routinely grow lasing VCSELs with Fabry-Perot cavity resonance wavelengths controlled to within 0.5%.

  18. Controllable spiking patterns in long-wavelength vertical cavity surface emitting lasers for neuromorphic photonics systems

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    Hurtado, Antonio; Javaloyes, Julien

    2015-12-14

    Multiple controllable spiking patterns are achieved in a 1310 nm Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) in response to induced perturbations and for two different cases of polarized optical injection, namely, parallel and orthogonal. Furthermore, reproducible spiking responses are demonstrated experimentally at sub-nanosecond speed resolution and with a controlled number of spikes fired. This work opens therefore exciting research avenues for the use of VCSELs in ultrafast neuromorphic photonic systems for non-traditional computing applications, such as all-optical binary-to-spiking format conversion and spiking information encoding.

  19. Surface emitting multi-wavelength array of single frequency quantum cascade lasers

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    Jouy, P.; Bonzon, C. Wolf, J.; Beck, M.; Faist, J.; Gini, E.

    2015-02-16

    We present a surface emitting laser array design based on distributed Bragg reflectors together with a second order extractor, providing a deterministic mode selection mechanism. The technology is implemented as a buried heterostructure compatible with continuous-wave operation and low dissipation. A proof of principle featured 10 regularly spaced single mode devices with a coverage of 175 cm{sup −1} in the 8–10 μm wavelength range and milliwatt output powers with a far-field pattern full-width half-maximum of 8.3° in the longitudinal direction.

  20. Efficient, high-power (>150 mW) grating surface emitting lasers

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    Evans, G.A.; Carlson, N.W.; Hammer, J.M.; Lurie, M.; Butler, J.K.; Carr, L.A.; Hawrylo, F.Z.; James, E.A.; Kaiser, C.J.; Kirk, J.B.

    1988-03-28

    Surface emitting AlGaAs second-order distributed Bragg reflector lasers using a superlattice graded-index separate confinement heterostructure with a single quantum well have been fabricated. The total peak power is emitted coherently from both gratings into a 0.06/sup 0/ full width half-power single lobe far field pattern. Peak powers are in excess of 150 mW. The external differential quantum efficiency is as high as 30%. Under severe current modulation conditions, the stable single longitudinal mode had 20--45 dB wavelength side mode rejection

  1. A novel lateral cavity surface emitting laser with top sub-wavelength grating

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    Aiyi, Qi; Yufei, Wang; Xiaojie, Guo; Wanhua, Zheng

    2015-01-01

    We report a novel lateral cavity surface emitting laser based on sub-wavelength high-index-contrast grating with in-plane resonance and surface-normal emission. The device is fabricated on a simple commercial wafer without the distributed Bragg reflector and it needs no wafer bonding. It exhibits a side mode suppression ratio of 23.0 dB and a high output power of 5.32 mW at 1552.44 nm. The specific single mode lasing agrees well with the band edge mode calculation of the grating. In 3D simulation, we observe obvious light output from the grating.

  2. Vector cavity solitons in broad area Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers.

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    Averlant, Etienne; Tlidi, Mustapha; Thienpont, Hugo; Ackemann, Thorsten; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2016-01-01

    We report the experimental observation of two-dimensional vector cavity solitons in a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) under linearly polarized optical injection when varying optical injection linear polarization direction. The polarization of the cavity soliton is not the one of the optical injection as it acquires a distinct ellipticity. These experimental results are qualitatively reproduced by the spin-flip VCSEL model. Our findings open the road to polarization multiplexing when using cavity solitons in broad-area lasers as pixels in information technology. PMID:26847004

  3. Vector cavity solitons in broad area Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Averlant, Etienne; Tlidi, Mustapha; Thienpont, Hugo; Ackemann, Thorsten; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2016-01-01

    We report the experimental observation of two-dimensional vector cavity solitons in a Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) under linearly polarized optical injection when varying optical injection linear polarization direction. The polarization of the cavity soliton is not the one of the optical injection as it acquires a distinct ellipticity. These experimental results are qualitatively reproduced by the spin-flip VCSEL model. Our findings open the road to polarization multiplexing when using cavity solitons in broad-area lasers as pixels in information technology. PMID:26847004

  4. High-contrast grating reflectors for 980 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Gebski, M.; Kuzior, O.; Wasiak, M.; Szerling, A.; Wójcik-Jedlińska, A.; Pałka, N.; Dems, M.; Xie, Y. Y.; Xu, Z. J.; Wang, Q. J.; Zhang, D. H.; Czyszanowski, T.

    2015-02-01

    This paper presents results of computer simulation of 1D monolithic high refractive index contrast grating (MHCG) reflector also called surface grating reflector (SGR). We analyzed optical properties of the GaAs reflector designed for 980 nm wavelength with respect to the grating parameters variation. We also determined the electric field patterns after reflection from the structure in several cases of parameters variation. We show that thanks to the scalability and design simplicity, proposed design is a promising candidate for simple, next generation vertical cavity surface emitting lasers emitting from ultra-violet to infrared.

  5. Investigation of vertical cavity surface emitting laser dynamics for neuromorphic photonic systems

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    Hurtado, A.; Schires, K.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.

    2012-03-01

    We report an approach based upon vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) to reproduce optically different behaviors exhibited by biological neurons but on a much faster timescale. The technique proposed is based on the polarization switching and nonlinear dynamics induced in a single VCSEL under polarized optical injection. The particular attributes of VCSELs and the simple experimental configuration used in this work offer prospects of fast, reconfigurable processing elements with excellent fan-out and scaling potentials for use in future computational paradigms and artificial neural networks.

  6. Mode selectivity study of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Liu, G.; Seurin, J.; Chuang, S.L.; Babic, D.I.; Corzine, S.W.; Tan, M.; Barnes, D.C.; Tiouririne, T.N.

    1998-08-01

    Mode selectivity of an air-post index-guided vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser structure operating at 1550 nm is investigated using a full-vector Maxwell-equation solver with a finite-difference time-domain method. The resonance wavelengths, quality factors, and spatial field distributions are calculated for the three lowest-order modes. Transverse-mode competition is quantitatively described as a function of the cavity size and the pillar etch depth. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Optical pumping and spectroscopy of Cs vapor at high magnetic field

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    Olsen, B. A.; Patton, B.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2011-12-01

    We have measured changes in the ground-state populations of Cs vapor induced by optical pumping at high magnetic field. The 2.7-T field of our experiments is strong enough to decouple the nuclear and electronic spins, allowing us to independently measure each population. The spatial dependence of the Cs populations in small amounts of buffer gas obeys a simple coupled diffusion model and the relative populations reveal the details of relaxation within the vapor cell. Optical pumping can produce high nuclear polarization in the Cs vapor due to perturbations of the hyperfine interaction during collisions with buffer-gas particles and depending on the pumping transition, radiation trapping can strongly influence the electronic and nuclear polarizations in the vapor.

  8. Simple method of light-shift suppression in optical pumping systems

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    McGuyer, B. H.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2009-06-01

    We report a simple method to suppress the light shift in optical pumping systems. This method uses only frequency modulation of a radio frequency or microwave source, which is used to excite an atomic resonance, to simultaneously lock the source frequency to the atomic resonance and lock the pumping light frequency to suppress the light shift. We experimentally validate the method in a vapor-cell atomic clock and verify the results through numerical simulation. This technique can be applied to many optical pumping systems that experience light shifts. It is especially useful for atomic frequency standards because it improves long-term performance, reduces the influence of the laser, and requires less equipment than previous methods.

  9. Optical pumping and spectroscopy of Cs vapor at high magnetic field

    SciTech Connect

    Olsen, B. A.; Patton, B.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2011-12-15

    We have measured changes in the ground-state populations of Cs vapor induced by optical pumping at high magnetic field. The 2.7-T field of our experiments is strong enough to decouple the nuclear and electronic spins, allowing us to independently measure each population. The spatial dependence of the Cs populations in small amounts of buffer gas obeys a simple coupled diffusion model and the relative populations reveal the details of relaxation within the vapor cell. Optical pumping can produce high nuclear polarization in the Cs vapor due to perturbations of the hyperfine interaction during collisions with buffer-gas particles and depending on the pumping transition, radiation trapping can strongly influence the electronic and nuclear polarizations in the vapor.

  10. Two-photon optical pumping of NH/sub 3/ in a multipass cell

    SciTech Connect

    Bobrovskii, A.N.; Kiselev, V.P.; Kozhevnikov, A.V.; Likhanskii, V.V.; Mishchenko, V.A.; Myl'nikov, G.D.

    1983-11-01

    A multipass cell was used in optical pumping of ammonia molecules by CO/sub 2/ laser radiation. Several new lasing lines were observed in the case of two-photon optical pumping of the NH/sub 3/ molecule at wavelengths in the range 16--35 ..mu... The output power of the various lines was in the range 10--50 kW. The divergence of the resultant radiation was diffraction-limited. A theoretical study was made of the two-photon pumping process. A stable (on the frequency scale) maximum was found in the gain profile of the output radiation. It was concluded that it should be possible to increase the energy and extend the emission spectrum of an ammonia laser pumped by double-photon absorption.

  11. Optical Pumping Spin Exchange {sup 3}He Gas Cells for Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    SciTech Connect

    Kim, W.; Stepanyan, S. S.; Kim, A.; Jung, Y.; Woo, S.; Yurov, M.; Jang, J.

    2009-08-04

    We present a device for spin-exchange optical pumping system to produce large quantities of polarized noble gases for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). A method and design of apparatus for pumping the polarization of noble gases is described. The method and apparatus enable production, storage and usage of hyperpolarized noble gases for different purposes, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging of human and animal subjects. Magnetic imaging agents breathed into lungs can be observed by the radio waves of the MRI scanner and report back physical and functional information about lung's health and desease. The technique known as spin exchange optical pumping is used. Nuclear magnetic resonance is implemented to measure the polarization of hyperpolarized gas. The cells prepared and sealed under high vacuum after handling Alkali metals into the cell and filling with the {sup 3}He-N{sub 2} mixture. The cells could be refilled. The {sup 3}He reaches around 50% polarization in 5-15 hours.

  12. Strong effective saturation by optical pumping in three-level systems

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    Kim, J. I.; Haubrich, D.; Klöter, B.; Meschede, D.

    2009-12-01

    We have studied nonlinear absorption from the In P1/2,3/2 ground-state doublet in a resistively heated high-temperature cell and a hollow cathode lamp. Using probe and pump lasers at 410 and 451 nm, respectively, absorption spectra with nonlinear properties caused by saturated absorption, coherent dark resonances, and optical pumping are observed. A theoretical description in terms of a density-matrix theory agrees very well with the observed spectra and identifies optical pumping as a dominating process of broadening in the stepwise contribution rather than velocity-changing collisions. Our experiments suggest that the theory used here is widely applicable in saturation spectroscopy on three-level Λ systems.

  13. Diode laser 87Rb optical pumping in an evacuated wall-coated cell

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    Lee, W. K.; Robinson, H. G.; Johnson, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    The evacuated wall coated sealed cell coupled with diode laser optical pumping offers a number of attractive potential advantages for use in Rb or Cs atomic frequency standards. An investigation of systematic effects is required to explore possible limitations of the technique. The use of diode laser optical pumping of 87 Rb in an evacuated wall coated sealed cell is presented. Experimental results/discussion to be presented include the signal strength and line broadening of the 0 - 0 hyperfine resonance as a function of light intensity for the D1 optical transitions (F - F prime) - (2 1 prime) and (2 - 2 prime), shift of the 0 - 0 hyperfine frequency as a function of laser intensity and de-tuning from optical resonance, and diode laser frequency stabilization techniques.

  14. Spin-injection optical pumping of molten cesium salt and its NMR diagnosis

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    Ishikawa, Kiyoshi

    2015-07-01

    Nuclear spin polarization of cesium ions in the salt was enhanced during optical pumping of cesium vapor at high magnetic field. Significant motional narrowing and frequency shift of NMR signals were observed by intense laser heating of the salt. When the hyperpolarized salt was cooled by blocking the heating laser, the signal width and frequency changed during cooling and presented the phase transition from liquid to solid. Hence, we find that the signal enhancement is mostly due to the molten salt and nuclear spin polarization is injected into the salt efficiently in the liquid phase. We also show that optical pumping similarly induces line narrowing in the solid phase. The use of powdered salt provided an increase in effective surface area and signal amplitude without glass wool in the glass cells.

  15. Spin-injection optical pumping of molten cesium salt and its NMR diagnosis

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    Ishikawa, Kiyoshi

    2015-07-15

    Nuclear spin polarization of cesium ions in the salt was enhanced during optical pumping of cesium vapor at high magnetic field. Significant motional narrowing and frequency shift of NMR signals were observed by intense laser heating of the salt. When the hyperpolarized salt was cooled by blocking the heating laser, the signal width and frequency changed during cooling and presented the phase transition from liquid to solid. Hence, we find that the signal enhancement is mostly due to the molten salt and nuclear spin polarization is injected into the salt efficiently in the liquid phase. We also show that optical pumping similarly induces line narrowing in the solid phase. The use of powdered salt provided an increase in effective surface area and signal amplitude without glass wool in the glass cells.

  16. Elimination of the light shift in rubidium gas cell frequency standards using pulsed optical pumping

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    English, T. C.; Jechart, E.; Kwon, T. M.

    1978-01-01

    Changes in the intensity of the light source in an optically pumped, rubidium, gas cell frequency standard can produce corresponding frequency shifts, with possible adverse effects on the long-term frequency stability. A pulsed optical pumping apparatus was constructed with the intent of investigating the frequency stability in the absence of light shifts. Contrary to original expectations, a small residual frequency shift due to changes in light intensity was experimentally observed. Evidence is given which indicates that this is not a true light-shift effect. Preliminary measurements of the frequency stability of this apparatus, with this small residual pseudo light shift present, are presented. It is shown that this pseudo light shift can be eliminated by using a more homogeneous C-field. This is consistent with the idea that the pseudo light shift is due to inhomogeneity in the physics package (position-shift effect).

  17. Polarization of 3He by Spin Exchange with Optically Pumped Rb and K Vapors

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    Ben-Amar Baranga, A.; Appelt, S.; Romalis, M. V.; Erickson, C. J.; Young, A. R.; Cates, G. D.; Happer, W.

    1998-03-01

    We report on extensive experimental measurements of the key rates that determine the efficiency for polarizing the nuclei of 3He by spin exchange with optically pumped Rb vapor. In agreement with recent theoretical predictions, we find a strong temperature dependence of the electron-spin loss rates due to 3HeRb collisions. We also find that the maximum possible efficiency for spin-exchange polarization of 3He by K is 10 times greater than for Rb.

  18. Spin Transfer from an Optically Pumped Alkali Vapor to a Solid

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    Ishikawa, K.; Patton, B.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2007-05-01

    We report enhancement of the spin polarization of Cs133 nuclei in CsH salt by spin transfer from an optically pumped cesium vapor. The nuclear polarization was 4.0 times the equilibrium polarization at 9.4 T and 137°C, with larger enhancements at lower fields. This work is the first demonstration of spin transfer from a polarized alkali vapor to the nuclei of a solid, opening up new possibilities for research in hyperpolarized materials.

  19. Mirrorless laser action from optically pumped dye-treated animal tissues

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    Siddique, Masood; Yang, Li.; Wang, Q. Z.; Alfano, R. R.

    1995-02-01

    Significant narrowing of the spectral and temporal profiles of emission radiation was observed from optically pumped chicken tissue and pig fat samples treated with rhodamine 640 dye solution. This narrowing of the emission response is attributed to mirrorless laser action from multiple scattering of radiation from within the excited dye regions of the animal tissue. These studies yield insight into the mechanisms of nonlinear optical interaction with continuously disordered heterogeneous active scattering structures of various sizes such as in animal tissues.

  20. Spin Transfer from an Optically Pumped Alkali Vapor to a Solid

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    Ishikawa, K.; Patton, B.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2007-05-04

    We report enhancement of the spin polarization of {sup 133}Cs nuclei in CsH salt by spin transfer from an optically pumped cesium vapor. The nuclear polarization was 4.0 times the equilibrium polarization at 9.4 T and 137 deg. C, with larger enhancements at lower fields. This work is the first demonstration of spin transfer from a polarized alkali vapor to the nuclei of a solid, opening up new possibilities for research in hyperpolarized materials.

  1. Advances in optically pumped semiconductor lasers for blue emission under frequency doubling

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    Bai, Yanbo; Wisdom, Jeffrey; Charles, John; Hyland, Patrick; Scholz, Christian; Xu, Zuntu; Lin, Yong; Weiss, Eli; Chilla, Juan; Lepert, Arnaud

    2016-03-01

    Optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSL) offer the advantage of excellent beam quality, wavelength agility, and high power scaling capability. In this talk we will present our recent progress of high-power, 920nm OPSLs frequency doubled to 460nm for lightshow applications. Fundamental challenges and mitigations are revealed through electrical, optical, thermal, and mechanical modeling. Results also include beam quality enhancement in addressing the competition from diode lasers.

  2. Collisional narrowing in the optically pumped CH3OH and CH3F lasers

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1982-01-01

    The gain linewidth of the optically pumped CH3F laser is observed to narrow and rebroaden with the addition of He. In addition, the same effect is observed in the CH3OH laser with the addition of the polyatomic buffer gases SF6 and CS2. These results offer conclusive evidence of the Dicke narrowing phenomena in these inverted pure rotational transitions. The effect is observed using a high harmonic mixing technique in a Schottky barrier diode.

  3. Optically pumped semiconductor quantum dot disk laser operating at 1180 nm.

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    Rautiainen, Jussi; Krestnikov, Igor; Butkus, Mantas; Rafailov, Edik U; Okhotnikov, Oleg G

    2010-03-01

    We demonstrate an optically pumped semiconductor disk laser using 39 layers of Stranski-Krastanov InGaAs quantum dots self-assembled during epitaxial growth on a monolithic GaAs/AlAs distributed Bragg reflector. The gain structure bonded to an intracavity diamond crystal heat spreader allows 1.75 W single-transverse-mode output (M(2)<1.2) with circular beam shape operating at 1180 nm in a disk laser geometry. PMID:20195322

  4. TOWARDS 100% POLARIZATION IN THE OPTICALLY-PUMPED POLARIZED ION SOURCE.

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    ZELENSKI,A.; ALESSI, J.; KOKHANOVSKI, S.; KPONOU, A.; RITTER, B.J.; ZUBETS, V.

    2007-06-25

    The depolarization factors in the multi-step spin-transfer polarization technique and basic limitations on maximum polarization in the OPPIS (Optically-Pumped Polarized H{sup -} Ion Source) are discussed. Detailed studies of polarization losses in the RHIC OPPIS and the source parameters optimization resulted in the OPPIS polarization increase to 86-90%. This contributed to increasing polarization in the AGS and RHIC to 65-70%.

  5. Mode structure in an optically pumped D sub 2 O far-infrared ring laser

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    Yuan, D.C. ); Soumagne, G.; Siegrist, M.R. )

    1990-02-01

    The mode structures in an optically pumped D {sub 2} O far-infrared ring laser and a corresponding linear resonator are compared in this paper. While single-mode operation can be obtained over the whole useful pressure range in the ring structure, this is only possible at pressures greater than 8 torr in the linear resonator case. A numerical model predicts quite well the pulse shape, pressure dependence, and influence of the resonator quality in the ring cavity.

  6. Carbon nanotube mode-locked optically-pumped semiconductor disk laser.

    PubMed

    Seger, K; Meiser, N; Choi, S Y; Jung, B H; Yeom, D-I; Rotermund, F; Okhotnikov, O; Laurell, F; Pasiskevicius, V

    2013-07-29

    An optically pumped semiconductor disk laser was mode-locked for the first time by employing a single-walled carbon nanotube saturable absorber. Stable passive fundamental mode-locking was obtained at a repetition rate of 613 MHz with a pulse length of 1.23 ps. The mode-locked semiconductor disk laser in a compact geometry delivered a maximum average output power of 136 mW at 1074 nm. PMID:23938653

  7. Optically pumped gas laser using electronic transitions in the NaRb molecule

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    Kaslin, V.M.; Yakushev, O.F.

    1983-12-01

    Laser superradiance was achieved for the first time as a result of an electronic transition in a diatomic heteronuclear molecule as a result of direct optical pumping. This superradiance was observed in the region of 670 nm due to a transition to the ground state X/sup 1/..sigma../sup +/ of the intermetallic alkali molecule NaRb pumped by radiation from a pulsed copper vapor laser (lambda = 510.6 nm).

  8. Composite-type Rb-87 optical-pumping light source for the rubidium frequency standard

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    Oura, N.; Kuramochi, N.; Naritsuka, S.; Hayashi, T.

    1982-01-01

    The light source is composed of a cylindrical Rb-87 lamp 10 mm diameter and a Rb-85 filter cell 3-7 mm long attached to the front flat face of the lamp. This composite type device is operated in an oven at about 100 C. Thus a light source for Rb-87 hyperfine optical pumping less than 4 cm long by 3 cm diameter was constructed.

  9. Davisson-Germer Prize Talk¯Spin Relaxation in Optical Pumping

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    Happer, William

    2000-06-01

    This talk will review the role of spin relaxation in optically pumped gaseous systems. Such systems have turned out to have important applications in many areas -- most recently in the production of hyperpolarized He-3 and Xe-129 gases for magnetic resonance imaging of human lungs. Systems of practical interest always have very slowly relaxing spins that permit large quantities (liter-atmospheres at room temperature) of spins to be polarized to many tens of percent and stored for hours. Some of the spin-relaxation physics is reasonably well understood, for example: the optical pumping itself, the trapping of resonant radiation and its control by quenching gases, the establishment of a spin temperature by spin-exchange collisions or by the optical pumping, the transfer of angular momentum between spin systems in spin-exchange collisions, the slowing down of electronic spin relaxation because of the angular momentum stored in the nuclear spins, gas-phase relaxation due to sudden binary collisions or three-body collisions where molecules are formed, wall interactions, and interactions with inhomogeneous magnetic fields. There are also some important relaxation mechanisms that are still not well understood. The analysis of relaxation in these systems provides many instructive, real-world applications of angular momentum algebra and density matrices.

  10. Superluminescence from an optically pumped molecular tunneling junction by injection of plasmon induced hot electrons

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    Braun, Kai; Wang, Xiao; Kern, Andreas M; Adler, Hilmar; Peisert, Heiko; Chassé, Thomas; Zhang, Dai

    2015-01-01

    Summary Here, we demonstrate a bias-driven superluminescent point light-source based on an optically pumped molecular junction (gold substrate/self-assembled molecular monolayer/gold tip) of a scanning tunneling microscope, operating at ambient conditions and providing almost three orders of magnitude higher electron-to-photon conversion efficiency than electroluminescence induced by inelastic tunneling without optical pumping. A positive, steadily increasing bias voltage induces a step-like rise of the Stokes shifted optical signal emitted from the junction. This emission is strongly attenuated by reversing the applied bias voltage. At high bias voltage, the emission intensity depends non-linearly on the optical pump power. The enhanced emission can be modelled by rate equations taking into account hole injection from the tip (anode) into the highest occupied orbital of the closest substrate-bound molecule (lower level) and radiative recombination with an electron from above the Fermi level (upper level), hence feeding photons back by stimulated emission resonant with the gap mode. The system reflects many essential features of a superluminescent light emitting diode. PMID:26171286

  11. Superluminescence from an optically pumped molecular tunneling junction by injection of plasmon induced hot electrons.

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    Braun, Kai; Wang, Xiao; Kern, Andreas M; Adler, Hilmar; Peisert, Heiko; Chassé, Thomas; Zhang, Dai; Meixner, Alfred J

    2015-01-01

    Here, we demonstrate a bias-driven superluminescent point light-source based on an optically pumped molecular junction (gold substrate/self-assembled molecular monolayer/gold tip) of a scanning tunneling microscope, operating at ambient conditions and providing almost three orders of magnitude higher electron-to-photon conversion efficiency than electroluminescence induced by inelastic tunneling without optical pumping. A positive, steadily increasing bias voltage induces a step-like rise of the Stokes shifted optical signal emitted from the junction. This emission is strongly attenuated by reversing the applied bias voltage. At high bias voltage, the emission intensity depends non-linearly on the optical pump power. The enhanced emission can be modelled by rate equations taking into account hole injection from the tip (anode) into the highest occupied orbital of the closest substrate-bound molecule (lower level) and radiative recombination with an electron from above the Fermi level (upper level), hence feeding photons back by stimulated emission resonant with the gap mode. The system reflects many essential features of a superluminescent light emitting diode. PMID:26171286

  12. Development of an optically-pumped cesium standard at the Aerospace Corporation

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    Chan, Yat C.

    1992-07-01

    We have initiated a research program to study the performance of compact optically-pumped cesium (Cs) frequency standards, which have potential for future timekeeping applications in space. A Cs beam clock apparatus has been assembled. Basic functions of the frequency standard have been demonstrated. Clock signals are observed with optical pumping schemes using one or two lasers. With two laser pumping, we are able to selectively place up to 80 percent of the atomic population into one of the clock transition states. The observed pattern of clock signal indicates that the velocity distribution of the Cs atoms contributing to the microwave signal is beam-Maxwellian. Thus, in the optically-pumped Cs frequency standards, the entire Cs population in the atomic beam could be utilized to generate the clock signals. This is in contrast to the conventional Cs beam standards where only approx. 1 percent of the atoms in the beam are used. More efficient Cs consumption can lead to improved reliability and increased useful lifetime of the clock.

  13. Resonant optical pumping of a Mn spin in a strain-free quantum dot

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    Besombes, L.; Boukari, H.

    2014-02-01

    We report on the spin properties of individual Mn atoms in strain-free quantum dots. The quantum dots are formed by width fluctuations in a thin CdTe/(Cd,Mg)Te quantum-well lattice matched on a CdTe substrate. This approach is complementary to the incorporation of Mn atoms in self-assembled CdTe/ZnTe quantum dots where the magnetic atom spin is split by the large biaxial strain in the quantum dot plane. We first demonstrate that the exciton-Mn exchange interaction is strong enough in these strain-free quantum dots to allow for the optical probing and addressing of any spin state of a Mn atom. We show that, at zero magnetic field, the absence of strain prevents the preparation of the Mn spin by optical pumping. As a result of this weak optical pumping efficiency, a large photoluminescence intensity is obtained under resonant optical excitation of the exciton-Mn complex. An efficient optical pumping of the Mn spin is restored under a weak magnetic field. The observed reduction of the resonant photoluminescence intensity under magnetic field is described by a model including the fine and hyperfine structure of the Mn atom. Finally, we show that the second-order correlation function of the resonant photoluminescence presents a large photon bunching at short delays which is a probe of the dynamics of the Mn spin.

  14. Performance of an array of plasma pinches as a new optical pumping source for dye lasers

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    Rieger, H.; Kim, K.

    1983-11-01

    A new optical pumping source consisting of an array of plasma pinches in the hypocycloidal-pinch geometry is employed to pump a variety of dye lasers. A dye cuvette is inserted along the symmetry axis of the plasma device such that it may be surrounded by the plasma pinch. The light from the plasma pinch is very intense and rich in ultraviolet, which makes it an attractive optical pumping source for dye lasers, particularly in the blue-green spectral region. Control of the plasma fluorescence is achieved by the choice of gas, its fill pressure, and the capacitor bank voltage and its stored energy. The rise time of this ''plasma flashlamp'' depends mainly on the gas species and the fill pressure. Output energy of approx.2 mJ per cm/sup 3/ of lasing medium, or 2 kW/cm/sup 3/ for a 1-..mu..s laser pulse, is obtained from rhodamine 6G, coumarin 480, LD 490, and coumarin 504 dyes. That both the coumarin 480 and rhodamine 6G lasers have the comparable output power is a direct proof that the present optical pumping source is more efficient than the commercial xenon flashlamps in pumping lasers in the blue-green spectral region.

  15. Development of an optically-pumped cesium standard at the Aerospace Corporation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chan, Yat C.

    1992-01-01

    We have initiated a research program to study the performance of compact optically-pumped cesium (Cs) frequency standards, which have potential for future timekeeping applications in space. A Cs beam clock apparatus has been assembled. Basic functions of the frequency standard have been demonstrated. Clock signals are observed with optical pumping schemes using one or two lasers. With two laser pumping, we are able to selectively place up to 80 percent of the atomic population into one of the clock transition states. The observed pattern of clock signal indicates that the velocity distribution of the Cs atoms contributing to the microwave signal is beam-Maxwellian. Thus, in the optically-pumped Cs frequency standards, the entire Cs population in the atomic beam could be utilized to generate the clock signals. This is in contrast to the conventional Cs beam standards where only approx. 1 percent of the atoms in the beam are used. More efficient Cs consumption can lead to improved reliability and increased useful lifetime of the clock.

  16. Ultrasensitive, real-time analysis of biomarkers in breath using tunable external cavity laser and off-axis cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

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    Bayrakli, Ismail; Akman, Hatice

    2015-03-01

    A robust biomedical sensor for ultrasensitive detection of biomarkers in breath based on a tunable external cavity laser (ECL) and an off-axis cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OA-CEAS) using an amplitude stabilizer is developed. A single-mode, narrow-linewidth, tunable ECL is demonstrated. A broadly coarse wavelength tuning range of 720 cm-1 for the spectral range between 6890 and 6170 cm-1 is achieved by rotating the diffraction grating forming a Littrow-type external-cavity configuration. A mode-hop-free tuning range of 1.85 cm-1 is obtained. The linewidths below 140 kHz are recorded. The ECL is combined with an OA-CEAS to perform laser chemical sensing. Our system is able to detect any molecule in breath at concentrations to the ppbv range that have absorption lines in the spectral range between 1450 and 1620 nm. Ammonia is selected as target molecule to evaluate the performance of the sensor. Using the absorption line of ammonia at 6528.76 cm-1, a minimum detectable absorption coefficient of approximately 1×10-8 cm-1 is demonstrated for 256 averages. This is achieved for a 1.4-km absorption path length and a 2-s data-acquisition time. These results yield a detection sensitivity of approximately 8.6×10-10 cm-1 Hz-1/2. Ammonia in exhaled breath is analyzed and found in a concentration of 870 ppb for our example.

  17. Transverse Mode Dynamics of Broad-Area Edge- and Surface-Emitting Lasers

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    Ning, Cun-Zheng; Goorjian, Peter; Saini, Subhash (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    This paper reports new results of our recent theoretical and simulational research in broad-area diode lasers. In a broad-area edge- or surface-emitting laser, the large space dimension in the direction transverse to the propagation direction requires an adequate treatment of inhomogeneities of the relevant physical quantities, such as laser field intensity and electron-hole carrier densities. The density inhomogeneity requires gain and refractive index nonlinearities across the laser structure to be included. All these features can be captured by a set of space-time resolved partial differential equations, the so-called effective Bloch equations established recently. We have solved this set of equations for both edge-emitting and surface-emitting lasers. This allows us to investigate temporal dynamics of transverse mode structures in these lasers. The influence of the transverse pumping profile and geometrical structure of the devices will be reported for VCSELs, as well as the complex temporal competition dynamics of different modes.

  18. High efficiency, single-lobe surface-emitting DFB/DBR quantum cascade lasers.

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    Liu, Ying-Hui; Zhang, Jin-Chuan; Yan, Fang-Liang; Jia, Zhi-Wei; Liu, Feng-Qi; Liang, Ping; Zhuo, Ning; Zhai, Shen-Qiang; Wang, Li-Jun; Liu, Jun-Qi; Liu, Shu-Man; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2016-08-22

    We demonstrate a surface-emitting quantum cascade laser (QCL) based on second-order buried distributed feedback/distributed Bragg reflector (DFB/DBR) gratings for feedback and outcoupling. The grating fabricated beneath the waveguide was found to fundamentally favor lasing in symmetric mode either through analysis or experiment. Single-lobe far-field radiation pattern with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 0.18° was obtained along the cavity-length direction. Besides, the buried DFB/DBR grating structure successfully provided an efficient vertical outcoupling mechanism with low optical losses, which manages to achieve a high surface outcouping efficiency of 46% in continuous-wave (CW) operation and 60% in pulsed operation at room temperature. Single-mode emission with a side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) about 25 dB was continuously tunable by heat sink temperature or injection current. Our work contributes to the realization of high efficiency surface-emitting devices with high far-field beam quality that are significantly needed in many application fields. PMID:27557231

  19. Optical Phased Array Antennas using Coupled Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers

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    Mueller, Carl H.; Rojas, Roberto A.; Nessel, James A.; Miranda, Felix A.

    2007-01-01

    High data rate communication links are needed to meet the needs of NASA as well as other organizations to develop space-based optical communication systems. These systems must be robust to high radiation environments, reliable, and operate over a wide temperature range. Highly desirable features include beam steering capability, reconfigurability, low power consumption, and small aperture size. Optical communication links, using coupled vertical cavity surface emitting laser radiating elements are promising candidates for the transmit portion of these communication links. In this talk we describe a mission scenario, and how the antenna requirements are derived from the mission needs. We describe a potential architecture for this type of antenna, and outline the advantages and drawbacks of this approach relative to competing technologies. The technology we are proposing used coupled arrays of 1550 nm vertical cavity surface emitting lasers for transmission. The feasibility of coupling these arrays together, to form coherent high-power beams that can be modulated at data rates exceeding 1 Gbps, will be explored. We will propose an architecture that enables electronic beam steering, thus mitigating the need for ancillary acquisition, tracking and beam pointing equipment such as needed for current optical communicatin systems. The beam-steering capability we are proposing also opens the possibility of using this technology for inter-satellite communicatin links, and satellite-to-surface links.

  20. Phase-locked arrays of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Warren, M.E.; Hadley, G.R.; Lear, K.L.; Gourley, P.L.; Vawter, G.A.; Zolper, J.C.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.

    1994-05-01

    Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) are of increasing interest to the photonics community because of their surface-emitting structure, simple fabrication and packaging, wafer-level testability and potential for low cost. Scaling VCSELs to higher power outputs requires increasing the device area, which leads to transverse mode control difficulties if devices become larger than 10-15 microns. One approach to increasing the device size while maintaining a well controlled transverse mode profile is to form coupled or phase-locked, two-dimensional arrays of VCSELs that are individually single-transverse mode. The authors have fabricated and characterized both photopumped and electrically injected two-dimensional VCSEL arrays with apertures over 100 microns wide. Their work has led to an increased understanding of these devices and they have developed new types of devices, including hybrid semiconductor/dielectric mirror VCSEL arrays, VCSEL arrays with etched trench, self-aligned, gold grid contacts and arrays with integrated phase-shifters to correct the far-field pattern.

  1. Phase Recovery Acceleration of Quantum-Dot Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers by Optical Pumping to Quantum-Well Wetting Layer

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    Kim, Jungho

    2013-11-01

    We theoretically investigate the phase recovery acceleration of quantum-dot (QD) semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) by means of the optical pump injection to the quantum-well (QW) wetting layer (WL). We compare the ultrafast gain and phase recovery responses of QD SOAs in either the electrical or the optical pumping scheme by numerically solving 1088 coupled rate equations. The ultrafast gain recovery responses on the order of sub-picosecond are nearly the same for the two pumping schemes. The ultrafast phase recovery is not significantly accelerated by increasing the electrical current density, but greatly improved by increasing the optical pumping power to the QW WL. Because the phase recovery time of QD SOAs with the optical pumping scheme can be reduced down to several picoseconds, the complete phase recovery can be achieved when consecutive pulse signals with a repetition rate of 100 GHz is injected.

  2. Neutron spin filters (NSF) obtained by metastability-exchange optical pumping (MEOP) and mechanical compressing of 3He gas

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    Hutanu, V.; Habicht, Klaus; Rupp, A.

    2004-10-01

    NSF using gaseous polarized 3He became a popular tool for many polarized neutron scattering applications due to the number of advantages that this technique presents, but also due to significant increasing of technical performancies demonstrated in that field in the last years. The realization of flexible and reliable devices for neutron beam polarization is a focal point in the instrumental development program at the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (HMI). The technique applied in our case to obtain nuclear-spin-polarized 3He is metastability-exchange optical pumping (MEOP) using a cw Nd:LNA laser with 5.8 W output power and 2.5 GHz bandwidth. The general aspects regarding optical pumping in optical polarizing cells are described. The construction of the optical pumping volume is presented, the last results regarding optical pumping cells (OPC) and filter cells preparation are discussed. The status and perspectives of the project are presented.

  3. Evolution of the Novalux extended cavity surface-emitting semiconductor laser (NECSEL)

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    McInerney, John G.

    2016-03-01

    Novalux Inc was an enterprise founded by Aram Mooradian in 1998 to commercialise a novel electrically pumped vertical extended cavity semiconductor laser platform, initially aiming to produce pump lasers for optical fiber telecommunication networks. Following successful major investment in 2000, the company developed a range of single- and multi-mode 980 nm pump lasers emitting from 100-500 mW with excellent beam quality and efficiency. This rapid development required solution of several significant problems in chip and external cavity design, substrate and DBR mirror optimization, thermal engineering and mode selection. Output coupling to single mode fiber was exceptional. Following the collapse of the long haul telecom market in late 2001, a major reorientation of effort was undertaken, initially to develop compact 60-100 mW hybrid monolithically integrated pumplets for metro/local amplified networks, then to frequency-doubled blue light emitters for biotech, reprographics and general scientific applications. During 2001-3 I worked at Novalux on a career break from University College Cork, first as R&D Director managing a small group tasked with producing new capabilities and product options based on the NECSEL platform, including high power, pulsed and frequency doubled versions, then in 2002 as Director of New Product Realization managing the full engineering team, leading the transition to frequency doubled products.

  4. Photonic crystal surface-emitting lasers enabled by an accidental Dirac point

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    Chua, Song Liang; Lu, Ling; Soljacic, Marin

    2014-12-02

    A photonic-crystal surface-emitting laser (PCSEL) includes a gain medium electromagnetically coupled to a photonic crystal whose energy band structure exhibits a Dirac cone of linear dispersion at the center of the photonic crystal's Brillouin zone. This Dirac cone's vertex is called a Dirac point; because it is at the Brillouin zone center, it is called an accidental Dirac point. Tuning the photonic crystal's band structure (e.g., by changing the photonic crystal's dimensions or refractive index) to exhibit an accidental Dirac point increases the photonic crystal's mode spacing by orders of magnitudes and reduces or eliminates the photonic crystal's distributed in-plane feedback. Thus, the photonic crystal can act as a resonator that supports single-mode output from the PCSEL over a larger area than is possible with conventional PCSELs, which have quadratic band edge dispersion. Because output power generally scales with output area, this increase in output area results in higher possible output powers.

  5. Progress and issues for high-speed vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Lear, Kevin L.; Al-Omari, Ahmad N.

    2007-02-01

    Extrinsic electrical, thermal, and optical issues rather than intrinsic factors currently constrain the maximum bandwidth of directly modulated vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs). Intrinsic limits based on resonance frequency, damping, and K-factor analysis are summarized. Previous reports are used to compare parasitic circuit values and electrical 3dB bandwidths and thermal resistances. A correlation between multimode operation and junction heating with bandwidth saturation is presented. The extrinsic factors motivate modified bottom-emitting structures with no electrical pads, small mesas, copper plated heatsinks, and uniform current injection. Selected results on high speed quantum well and quantum dot VCSELs at 850 nm, 980 nm, and 1070 nm are reviewed including small-signal 3dB frequencies up to 21.5 GHz and bit rates up to 30 Gb/s.

  6. Growth of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Hou, H.Q.; Hammons, B.E.; Crawford, M.H.; Lear, K.L.; Choquette, K.D.

    1996-10-01

    We present growth and characterization of visible and near-infrared vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. Discussions on the growth issue of VCSEL materials include growth rate and composition control using an {ital in}{ital situ} normal-incidence reflectometer, comprehensive p- and n-type doping study in AlGaAs by CCl{sub 4} and Si{sub 2}H{sub 6} over the entire composition range, and optimization of ultra-high material uniformity. We also demonstrate our recent achievements of all-AlGaAs VCSELs which include the first room-temperature continuous- wave demonstration of 700-nm red VCSELs and high-efficiency and low- threshold voltage 850-nm VCSELs.

  7. Vertical cavity surface emitting laser based optoelectronic asynchronous transfer mode switch

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    Wilmsen, C.W.; Duan, C.; Collington, J.R.; Dames, M.P.; Crossland, W.A.

    1999-07-01

    Large broadband asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switching nodes require novel hardware solutions that could benefit from the inclusion of optical interconnect technology, since electronic solutions are limited by pin out and by the capacitance/inductance of the interconnections. We propose, analyze and demonstrate a new three stage free space optical switch that utilizes vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for the optical interconnections, a liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) as a reconfigurable shutter and relatively simple optics for fan out and fan in. A custom complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip is required to introduce a time delay in the optical bit stream and to drive the VCSELs. Analysis shows that the switch should be scalable to 1024{times}1024, which would require 2048 {approximately}2 mW VCSELs. {copyright} {ital 1999 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.}

  8. Numerical model of capacitance in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Wasiak, M.; Śpiewak, P.; Moser, P.; Walczak, J.; Sarzała, R. P.; Czyszanowski, T.; Lott, J. A.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we present a model of impedance and modulation time constants for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) operating above threshold current. A 3D numerical model of potential distribution in the device under a constant bias is used to determine resistances and capacitances of an appropriate equivalent circuit. The model has been verified by comparing the theoretical and measured impedance as a function of frequency Z(f). The measured Z(f) is determined from S 11 small signal modulation experiments. The comparison has been performed for frequencies up to 40 GHz and a wide range of above threshold currents, for two oxide-confined VCSELs of different aperture diameters. We obtained a very good quantitative agreement for frequencies up to about 15 GHz and qualitative agreement over the entire range of currents and frequencies.

  9. Comprehensive numerical model for cw vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Hadley, G.R.; Lear, K.L.; Warren, M.E.; Choquette, K.D.; Scott, J.W.; Corzine, S.W.

    1995-03-01

    The authors present a comprehensive numerical model for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers that includes all major processes effecting cw operation of axisymmetric devices. In particular, the model includes a description of the 2D transport of electrons and holes through the cladding layers to the quantum well(s), diffusion and recombination processes of these carriers within the wells, the 2D transport of heat throughout the device, and a multi-lateral-mode effective index optical model. The optical gain acquired by photons traversing the quantum wells is computed including the effects of strained band structure and quantum confinement. They employ the model to predict the behavior of higher-order lateral modes in proton-implanted devices, and to provide an understanding of index-guiding in devices fabricated using selective oxidation.

  10. Stable polarization self-modulation in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Li, H.; Hohl, A.; Gavrielides, A.; Hou, H.; Choquette, K.D.

    1998-05-01

    The characteristics of polarization self-modulation in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) were studied for frequencies up to {approx}9 GHz both experimentally and theoretically. Polarization self-modulation was obtained by rotating the linearly polarized output of the VCSEL by 90{degree} and reinjecting it into the laser. Experimentally we simultaneously recorded time traces, optical and radio-frequency spectra. We found for increasing modulation frequencies that the output characteristics changed from square-wave to sinusoidal and the VCSEL system assumed new polarization eigenstates that are different from the free-running VCSEL eigenstates. We modeled polarization self-modulation as an interband process and found a good qualitative agreement between our experimental and numerical results. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. Critical slowing down in polarization switching of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Wu, Yu-Heng; Li, Yueh-Chen; Kuo, Wang-Chuang; Yen, Tsu-Chiang

    2014-05-01

    This research investigated the critical slowing down in polarization switching (PS) of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The experiments were performed by step-function current injection in two types: step-up and stepdown. In the case of step-up and step-down, the relationship between relaxation time and final current in this experiment resembles critical slowing down (CSD). The critical currents of two step-function current experiment are compared. The PS in this experiment is a static case. We also find that the divergence of relaxation time follow a power law. These results contribute to the understanding of the mechanism of CSD in VCSEL's PS (VPS).

  12. Commercial manufacturing of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser arrays

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    Swirhun, Stan E.; Bryan, Robert P.; Fu, Winston S.; Quinn, William E.; Jewell, Jack L.; Olbright, Greg R.

    1994-06-01

    Optoelectronic integrated circuits based on arrays of vertical- cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) are evolving into functional chips enhancing the performance of fiber optic networks, optical data storage, laser printing and scanning, visual displays, and optoelectronic computing and other systems. This evolution involves the development of advanced manufacturing technology germane to packaged arrays of VCSELs comprising micro- optic lens arrays and interface electronics. In this paper we describe Photonics Research's LASE-ARRAY commercial manufacturing efforts. Specifically we will discuss commercial manufacturing advancements in molecular beam epitaxial growth, full-wafer processing, interface electronics, microoptic lens arrays, packaging and implementation of statistical process control. Yield and reliability will also be discussed. Last we discuss emerging applications for the LASE-ARRAY technology.

  13. GaN-based vertical cavity surface emitting lasers with periodic gain structures

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    Matsui, Kenjo; Kozuka, Yugo; Ikeyama, Kazuki; Horikawa, Kosuke; Furuta, Takashi; Akagi, Takanobu; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Kamiyama, Satoshi; Iwaya, Motoaki; Akasaki, Isamu

    2016-05-01

    We have achieved room-temperature CW operations of GaN-based vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) with periodic gain structures (PGSs). The PGS-VCSEL consisted of 4.5λ-thick optical cavity length and two GaInN 5-quantum-well (QW) active regions separated with a Mg-doped GaN intermediate layer. The uniform carrier injection into the two active regions was also investigated using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). It is found that the use of an optimum Mg concentration in the intermediate layers improves the uniform carrier injection in the two active regions. From these results, we realized the CW operation of VCSELs with PGSs grown on AlInN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). The VCSEL under CW operation showed a threshold current density of 16.5 kA/cm2 and its operation wavelength was 409.9 nm.

  14. High-performance monolithic surface emitting GaAs/AlGaAs laser diode arrays

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    Groussin, Bernard; Pitard, Francois; Volluet, Gerard; Carriere, Claude

    1994-09-01

    This paper describes recent progress in the development of more advance laser diode pump source: 'Monolithic Surface Emitting Laser Diode' (MOSEL). In this structure, the linear bar arrays are epitaxially grown on an engraved substrate between etched deflection mirrors adjacent to the laser facets. The laser diode structure grown by MOCVD technique is a single quantum well graded index active region (SQW/GRINSCH). A specific process has been designed to have cleaved laser diode facets. Monolithic elements of 0.1 cm(superscript 2) have been designed and mounted. The quasi-CW operation gives over 100 W of optical power or a QCW power density of 1 KW/cm(superscript 2). A compact assembly of 10 similar elements gives an optical power of 1 KW QCW. CW operation have been also tested up to 150 W CW/cm(superscript 2).

  15. High power 808 nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser with multi-ring-shaped-aperture structure

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    Hao, Y. Q.; Shang, C. Y.; Feng, Y.; Yan, C. L.; Zhao, Y. J.; Wang, Y. X.; Wang, X. H.; Liu, G. J.

    2011-02-01

    The carrier conglomeration effect has been one of the main problems in developing electrically pumped high power vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with large aperture. We demonstrate a high power 808 nm VCSEL with multi-ring-shaped-aperture (MRSA) to weaken the carrier conglomeration effect. Compared with typical VCSEL with single large aperture (SLA), the 300-μm-diameter VCSEL with MRSA has more uniform near field and far field patterns. Moreover, MRSA laser exhibits maximal CW light output power 0.3 W which is about 3 times that of SLA laser. And the maximal wall-plug efficiency of 17.4% is achieved, higher than that of SLA laser by 10%.

  16. Comprehensive numerical modeling of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Hadley, G.R.; Lear, K.L.; Warren, M.E.; Choquette, K.D.; Scott, J.W.; Corzine, S.W.

    1996-04-01

    The authors present a comprehensive numerical model for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers that includes all major processes affecting cw operation of axisymmetric devices. In particular, the model includes a description of the 2-D transport of electrons and holes through the cladding layers to the quantum well(s), diffusion and recombination of these carriers within the wells, the 2-D transport of heat throughout the device, and a multilateral-mode effective index optical model. The optical gain acquired by photons traversing the quantum wells is computed including the effects of strained band structure and quantum confinement. The authors employ the model to predict the behavior of higher-order lateral modes in proton-implanted devices and to provide an understanding of index-guiding in devices fabricated using selective oxidation.

  17. Polarization characteristics, control, and modulation of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Choquette, K.D.; Lear, K.L.; Schneider, R.P. Jr.; Figiel, J.J.; Kilcoyne, S.P.; Hagerott-Crawford, M.; Zolper, J.C.; Leibenguth, R.E.

    1995-03-01

    The gain-dependent polarization properties of vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers and methods for polarization control and modulation are discussed. The partitioning of power between the two orthogonal eigen polarizations is shown to depend upon the relative spectral alignment of the nondegenerate polarization cavity resonances with the laser gain spectrum. A dominant polarization can thus be maintained by employing a blue-shifted offset of the peak laser gain relative to the cavity resonance wavelength. Alternatively, the polarization can be controlled through use of anisotropic transverse cavity geometries. The orthogonal eigen polarizations are also shown to enable polarization modulation. By exploiting polarization switching transitions in cruciform lasers, polarization modulation of the fundamental mode up to 50 MHz is demonstrated. At lower modulation frequencies, complementary digital polarized output or frequency doubling of the polarized output is obtained. Control and manipulation of vertical-cavity laser polarization may prove valuable for present and future applications.

  18. InGaAs vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Geels, R.S.; Corzine, S.W.; Coldren, L.A. )

    1991-06-01

    In this paper the authors give theoretical and experimental results for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL's). The modeling is applied to the design of InGaAs VCSEL's A simple method is introduced to calculate the reflectivity of semiconductor stack mirrors with graded interfaces and compound metal/semiconductor stack mirrors. The theoretical predictions are compared to results from actual device measurements. A novel technique is introduced to determine material parameters: fabrication of in-plane lasers from VCSEL material. The procedure used to determine the optical model in such an in-plane laser is described. Using the insight gained from our modeling, we have increased our external efficiency to {gt}30% with a threshold current density of 1 kA/cm{sup 2}. Linewidth measurements on very high reflectivity VCSEL's have indicated widths as low as 85 MHz and linewidth-power products of 5 MHz {center dot} mW.

  19. Single-pass UV generation at 222.5 nm based on high-power GaN external cavity diode laser.

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    Ruhnke, N; Müller, A; Eppich, B; Güther, R; Maiwald, M; Sumpf, B; Erbert, G; Tränkle, G

    2015-05-01

    We demonstrate a compact system for single-pass frequency doubling of high-power GaN diode laser radiation. The deep UV laser light at 222.5 nm is generated in a β-BaB2O4 (BBO) crystal. A high-power GaN external cavity diode laser (ECDL) system in Littrow configuration with narrowband emission at 445 nm is used as pump source. At a pump power of 680 mW, a maximum UV power of 16 μW in continuous-wave operation at 222.5 nm is achieved. This concept enables a compact diode laser-based system emitting in the deep ultraviolet spectral range. PMID:25927802

  20. Generation of phase difference between self-mixing signals in a-cut Nd:YVO₄ laser with a waveplate in the external cavity.

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    Li, Jiang; Tan, Yidong; Zhang, Shulian

    2015-08-01

    We present a novel method using Nd:YVO4 laser with a waveplate in the external cavity to generate two orthogonally polarized signals with stable and adjustable phase difference. The phase difference is observed in the presence of external interference, and it is determined by the phase retardation of the waveplate. A model based on birefringent external-interference effect is proposed to theoretically explain the phase difference phenomenon, and the arithmetic solution of the relation between the phase difference and the phase retardation of waveplate is given. The simulated results accord with the experimental phenomena. This Letter provides the possibility for the measurement of phase retardation and also offers guidance to the design of interferometers based on fringe counting technique. PMID:26258371

  1. Mid-infrared, external cavity BaWO4 Raman laser at 2602 nm with 1.25-W output power

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    Kuzucu, Onur

    2016-03-01

    An external cavity BaWO4 Raman source pumped by a Q-switched Ho:YAG laser is demonstrated. Watt-level average output power is generated at the first Stokes wavelength of 2602 nm. Output pulse width as short as 8.5 ns was measured at a repetition rate of 5 kHz. Near-diffraction limited beam quality is observed (M2≈1.2). This simplified Raman laser configuration can harness the high average power levels offered by Thulium- and Holmium-doped solid-state and fiber lasers to generate fixed-wavelength and tunable output at 2.3-2.8 μm interval.

  2. Wavenumber Measurements of CO 2 Transitions in 1.5-μm Atmospheric Window Using an External-Cavity Diode Laser

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    Chou, Che-Chung; Lin, Tyson; Shy, Jow-Tsong

    2001-01-01

    Using an external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) as the light source, we have observed the spectrum of CO2 in the 1.5-μm atmospheric window including the (3001)I ← (0000) and (3111)I ← (0110)I bands. Good signal-to-noise ratio allowed us to lock the frequency of our ECDL to the absorption line centers. Wavenumber measurements of the transitions with accuracy about 6.6 × 10-4 cm-1 are made with the help of a precision wavemeter calibrated to the accurate C2H2 frequency references in the 1.5-μm wavelength region. Molecular constants are obtained by making the least-squares fits of the measured transition wavenumbers. The rotational and centrifugal distortion constants are consistent with the previous results using high-resolution Fourier transform spectroscopy. However, the band centers are different with previous results by several thousandth reciprocal centimeters.

  3. High power, widely tunable, mode-hop free, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser for multi-species trace gas detection

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    Centeno, R.; Marchenko, D.; Mandon, J.; Cristescu, S. M.; Harren, F. J. M.; Wulterkens, G.

    2014-12-29

    We present a high power, widely tunable, continuous wave external cavity quantum cascade laser designed for infrared vibrational spectroscopy of molecules exhibiting broadband and single line absorption features. The laser source exhibits single mode operation with a tunability up to 303 cm{sup −1} (∼24% of the center wavelength) at 8 μm, with a maximum optical output power of 200 mW. In combination with off-axis integrated output spectroscopy, trace-gas detection of broadband absorption gases such as acetone was performed and a noise equivalent absorption sensitivity of 3.7 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1 }Hz{sup −1/2} was obtained.

  4. External-cavity diamond Raman laser performance at 1240 nm and 1485 nm wavelengths with high pulse energy

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    Pashinin, V. P.; Ralchenko, V. G.; Bolshakov, A. P.; Ashkinazi, E. E.; Gorbashova, M. A.; Yurov, V. Yu; Konov, V. I.

    2016-06-01

    We report on an external-cavity diamond Raman laser (DRL) pumped with a Q-switched Nd:YAG and generating at 1st and 2nd Stokes (1240 nm and 1485 nm) with enhanced output energy. The slope efficiency of 54% and output energy as high as 1.2 mJ in single pulse at 1240 nm have been achieved with optimized cavity, while the pulse energy of 0.70 mJ was obtained in the eye-safe spectral region at 1485 nm. Calculations of thermal lensing effect indicate it as a possible reason for the observed decrease in conversion efficiency at the highest pump energies.

  5. Optically Pumped Atoms with Velocity- and Spin-Changing Collisions at Low Gas Pressures

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    Happer, William

    2010-03-01

    We discuss optical pumping when: (a) the collision rates of optically pumped atoms with atoms or molecules of the background gas are small enough that individual velocity groups can be preferentially excited by a monochromatic light beam, (b) the collision rates are still fast enough to partially transfer the spin polarization to other velocity groups, and (c) there are non-negligible losses of polarization due to collisional spin relaxation and Larmor precession. These conditions lead to a strong correlation between the velocity and the spin polarization of the atoms-that is, to ``spin-tagging'' of the different velocity groups. This regime is similar to that of optically pumped 23Na atoms of the earth's upper atmosphere, but it is seldom encountered in laboratory experiments. For cooling and trapping experiments, the collision rates with background gas are negligible. For gas-cell experiments the velocity-changing rates are normally so fast compared to spin relaxation or Larmor precession rates, that the atoms have a Maxwellian velocity distribution with negligible correlation between the spin-polarization and the velocity. We analyze the limiting cases of strong and weak collisions, which change the velocity by a large or small fraction, respectively, of the mean thermal velocity. The Keilson-Storer model (J. Keilson and A. E. Storer, Q. Appl. Math. 10, 243 (1952)) is used to discuss strong collisions, with memory parameter =0, and weak collisions with $-> 1. For weak collisions, the physics can be modelled by coupled Fokker-Planck equations, identical to those for forced diffusion in a harmonic-oscillator potential well. In this limit there are solutions analogous to the quantum-mechanical coherent states of a harmonic oscillator.

  6. Optically pumped atoms with velocity- and spin-changing collisions at low gas pressures

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    Morgan, Steven W.; Happer, William

    2010-04-01

    We discuss optical pumping when (a) the collision rates of optically pumped atoms with atoms or molecules of the background gas are small enough that individual velocity groups can be preferentially excited by a monochromatic light beam, (b) the collision rates are still fast enough to partially transfer the spin polarization to other velocity groups, and (c) there are nonnegligible losses of polarization due to collisional spin relaxation and Larmor precession. These conditions lead to a strong correlation between the velocity and the spin polarization of the atoms—that is, to “spin-tagging” of the different velocity groups. This regime is similar to that of optically pumped Na23 atoms of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, but it is seldom encountered in laboratory experiments. For cooling and trapping experiments, the collision rates with background gas are negligible. For gas-cell experiments the velocity-changing rates are normally so fast compared to spin relaxation or Larmor precession rates that the atoms have a Maxwellian velocity distribution with negligible correlation between the spin polarization and the velocity. We analyze the limiting cases of strong and weak collisions, which change the velocity by a large or small fraction, respectively, of the mean thermal velocity. The Keilson-Storer model [J. Keilson and A. E. Storer, Q. Appl. Math. 10, 243 (1952)] is used to discuss strong collisions, with memory parameter α=0 and weak collisions with α→1. For weak collisions, the physics can be modeled by coupled Fokker-Planck equations, identical to those for forced diffusion in a harmonic-oscillator potential well. In this limit there are solutions analogous to the quantum mechanical coherent states of a harmonic oscillator.

  7. Optically pumped atoms with velocity- and spin-changing collisions at low gas pressures

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    Morgan, Steven W.; Happer, William

    2010-04-15

    We discuss optical pumping when (a) the collision rates of optically pumped atoms with atoms or molecules of the background gas are small enough that individual velocity groups can be preferentially excited by a monochromatic light beam, (b) the collision rates are still fast enough to partially transfer the spin polarization to other velocity groups, and (c) there are nonnegligible losses of polarization due to collisional spin relaxation and Larmor precession. These conditions lead to a strong correlation between the velocity and the spin polarization of the atoms - that is, to 'spin-tagging' of the different velocity groups. This regime is similar to that of optically pumped {sup 23}Na atoms of the Earth's upper atmosphere, but it is seldom encountered in laboratory experiments. For cooling and trapping experiments, the collision rates with background gas are negligible. For gas-cell experiments the velocity-changing rates are normally so fast compared to spin relaxation or Larmor precession rates that the atoms have a Maxwellian velocity distribution with negligible correlation between the spin polarization and the velocity. We analyze the limiting cases of strong and weak collisions, which change the velocity by a large or small fraction, respectively, of the mean thermal velocity. The Keilson-Storer model [J. Keilson and A. E. Storer, Q. Appl. Math. 10, 243 (1952)] is used to discuss strong collisions, with memory parameter {alpha}=0 and weak collisions with {alpha}{yields}1. For weak collisions, the physics can be modeled by coupled Fokker-Planck equations, identical to those for forced diffusion in a harmonic-oscillator potential well. In this limit there are solutions analogous to the quantum mechanical coherent states of a harmonic oscillator.

  8. Collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases in an optically pumped CH3F laser

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1980-01-01

    The gain linewidth of an optically pumped CH3F molecular laser is observed with the addition of various polyatomic buffer gases. This is interpreted as collisional (Dicke) narrowing. The measurement is the first observation of collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases. It is also the first observation of the effect in a laser oscillator. The effect was observed using a heterodyne mixing technique at the laser emission frequency of 604 GHz. Collision cross sections for SF6-CH3F and CS2-CH3F are obtained.

  9. Optically Pumped Vecsels for High Resolution Spectroscopy:. the New TI:SAPPHIRE?

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    Abram, Richard H.; Schmid, Marc; Riis, Erling; Ferguson, Allister I.

    2004-12-01

    We report the CW performance of two broadly tuneable, optically pumped VECSEL gain structures operating around 850 nm and 960 nm. We have achieved 0.75W at 852 nm in diffraction limited TEM00 mede. A tuning range in excess of 30 nm has been demonstrated with the use of an intra-cavity birefringent filter. At 960 nm we have achieved a power of 1.75 W and a tuning range in excess of 35 nm. Stabilised single frequency operation with a line width stabilised to 85 kHz r.m.s. at the 0.5 W output power level is reported.

  10. Optically pumped tunable HBr laser in the mid-infrared region.

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    Koen, Wayne; Jacobs, Cobus; Bollig, Christoph; Strauss, Hencharl J; Esser, M J Daniel; Botha, Lourens R

    2014-06-15

    An optically pumped tunable HBr laser has been demonstrated for the first time. The pump source was a single-frequency Ho:YLF laser and amplifier system, which was locked to the 2064 nm absorption line of HBr. Laser oscillation was demonstrated on 19 molecular transition lines, which included both the R-branch (3870-4015 nm) and the P-branch (4070-4453 nm), by the use of an intra-cavity diffraction grating. The highest output energy was 2.4 mJ at 4133 nm. PMID:24978537

  11. Measurement of Asymmetric Optical Pumping of Ions Accelerating in a Magnetic-field Gradient

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    Xuan Sun; Earl Scime; Mahmood Miah; Samuel Cohen; Frederick Skiff

    2004-10-28

    We report observations of asymmetric optical pumping of argon ions accelerating in a magnetic field gradient. The signature is a difference in the laser-induced-fluorescence (LIF) emission amplitude from a pair of Zeeman-split states. A model that reproduces the dependence of the asymmetry on magnetic-field and ion-velocity gradients is described. With the model, the fluorescence intensity ratio provides a new method of measuring ion collisionality. This phenomenon has implications for interpreting stellar plasma spectroscopy data which often exhibit unequal Zeeman state intensities.

  12. Non-Abelian Berry-s phase effects and optical pumping of atoms

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    Segert, J.

    1987-11-01

    We predict experimentally verifiable manifestations of non-Abelian Berry's phase effects for atoms in external collinear electric and magnetic fields. The field strengths are arranged so as to cause accidental degeneracy between atomic states. The relevant theoretical results, which have been presented in detail elsewhere, are summarized and explained. We propose an experiment using optically pumped metastable multiplets of Pb/sup 208/ in an atomic beam apparatus to test these predictions. We estimate required experimental parameters, and conclude that the proposed experiment can realistically be performed. copyright 1987 Academic Press, Inc.

  13. A polarized internal sup 3 He target using optical pumping of metastable atoms

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    McKeown, R.D.; Milner, R.G.; Woodward, C.E. )

    1989-05-05

    The design of a polarized internal {sup 3}He target for use in storage rings based on optical pumping of metastables is discussed. The target employs an infrared laser to polarize {sup 3}He atoms in a pyrex cell which is connected by a capillary to a windowless cell through which the stored beam passes. Using this technique it should be possible construct targets of 50% polarized {sup 3}He targets of thickness 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}2}. Small holding fields ({similar to}10 gauss) and resistance to beam-induced depolarization are desirable features of this target in a storage ring environment.

  14. Optical pump-probe measurements of local nuclear spin coherence in semiconductor quantum wells.

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    Sanada, H; Kondo, Y; Matsuzaka, S; Morita, K; Hu, C Y; Ohno, Y; Ohno, H

    2006-02-17

    We demonstrate local manipulation and detection of nuclear spin coherence in semiconductor quantum wells by an optical pump-probe technique combined with pulse rf NMR. The Larmor precession of photoexcited electron spins is monitored by time-resolved Kerr rotation (TRKR) as a measure of nuclear magnetic field. Under the irradiation of resonant pulsed rf magnetic fields, Rabi oscillations of nuclear spins are traced by TRKR signals. The intrinsic coherence time evaluated by a spin-echo technique reveals the dependence on the orientation of the magnetic field with respect to the crystalline axis as expected by the nearest neighbor dipole-dipole interaction. PMID:16606048

  15. 1.3-microm optically-pumped semiconductor disk laser by wafer fusion.

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    Lyytikäinen, Jari; Rautiainen, Jussi; Toikkanen, Lauri; Sirbu, Alexei; Mereuta, Alexandru; Caliman, Andrei; Kapon, Eli; Okhotnikov, Oleg G

    2009-05-25

    We report a wafer-fused high power optically-pumped semiconductor disk laser operating at 1.3 microm. An InP-based active medium was fused with a GaAs/AlGaAs distributed Bragg reflector, resulting in an integrated monolithic gain mirror. Over 2.7 W of output power, obtained at temperature of 15 degrees C, represents the best achievement reported to date for this type of lasers. The results reveal an essential advantage of the wafer fusing technique over both monolithically grown AlGaInAs/GaInAsP- and GaInNAs-based structures. PMID:19466154

  16. Nuclear orientation of radon isotopes by spin-exchange optical pumping

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    Kitano, M.; Calaprice, F.P.; Pitt, M.L.; Clayhold, J.; Happer, W.; Kadar-Kallen, M.; Musolf, M.; Ulm, G.; Wendt, K.; Chupp, T.

    1988-05-23

    This paper reports the first demonstration of nuclear orientation of radon atoms. The method employed was spin exchange with potassium atoms polarized by optical pumping. The radon isotopes were produced at the ISOLDE isotope separator of CERN. The nuclear alignment of /sup 209/Rn and /sup 223/Rn has been measured by observation of ..gamma..-ray anisotropies and the magnetic dipole moment for /sup 209/Rn has been measured by the nuclear-magnetic-resonance method to be chemically bond..mu..chemically bond = 0.838 81(39)..mu../sub N/.

  17. Effect of additional optical pumping injection into the ground-state ensemble on the gain and the phase recovery acceleration of quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifiers

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    Kim, Jungho

    2014-02-01

    The effect of additional optical pumping injection into the ground-state ensemble on the ultrafast gain and the phase recovery dynamics of electrically-driven quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifiers is numerically investigated by solving 1088 coupled rate equations. The ultrafast gain and the phase recovery responses are calculated with respect to the additional optical pumping power. Increasing the additional optical pumping power can significantly accelerate the ultrafast phase recovery, which cannot be done by increasing the injection current density.

  18. Fetal magnetocardiography measurements with an array of microfabricated optically pumped magnetometers

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    Alem, Orang; Sander, Tilmann H.; Mhaskar, Rahul; LeBlanc, John; Eswaran, Hari; Steinhoff, Uwe; Okada, Yoshio; Kitching, John; Trahms, Lutz; Knappe, Svenja

    2015-06-01

    Following the rapid progress in the development of optically pumped magnetometer (OPM) technology for the measurement of magnetic fields in the femtotesla range, a successful assembly of individual sensors into an array of nearly identical sensors is within reach. Here, 25 microfabricated OPMs with footprints of 1 cm3 were assembled into a conformal array. The individual sensors were inserted into three flexible belt-shaped holders and connected to their respective light sources and electronics, which reside outside a magnetically shielded room, through long optical and electrical cables. With this setup the fetal magnetocardiogram of a pregnant woman was measured by placing two sensor belts over her abdomen and one belt over her chest. The fetal magnetocardiogram recorded over the abdomen is usually dominated by contributions from the maternal magnetocardiogram, since the maternal heart generates a much stronger signal than the fetal heart. Therefore, signal processing methods have to be applied to obtain the pure fetal magnetocardiogram: orthogonal projection and independent component analysis. The resulting spatial distributions of fetal cardiac activity are in good agreement with each other. In a further exemplary step, the fetal heart rate was extracted from the fetal magnetocardiogram. Its variability suggests fetal activity. We conclude that microfabricated optically pumped magnetometers operating at room temperature are capable of complementing or in the future even replacing superconducting sensors for fetal magnetocardiography measurements.

  19. Analysis of impact factors of output characteristics for optically pumped THz lasers

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    Huang, Renshuai; Meng, Qinglong; Guo, Xiaoyang; Zhang, Bin

    2016-08-01

    Optically pumped terahertz (THz) lasers as a reliable THz radiation sources have been widely used in THz application area. Considering the Doppler-broadened effects and the two-photon light shift effects, the physical model for the THz output power and the THz output frequency drift of optically pumped THz lasers has been established based on the rate equations. The main factors affecting THz laser output have been analyzed quantitatively. The results indicate that the THz output power increases with the increasing of the pump power, while decreases with the increasing of the pump frequency offset from the operating gas absorption centre. The THz output frequency drift is mainly caused by two-photon light shift when the pump offset is small, whereas Doppler-broadened becomes main factor if the pump frequency offset is relatively larger. Furthermore, the THz output frequency drift increases in proportion to the pump power. The stability of the THz output frequency can be enhanced and the THz output power can be improved by choosing pressure in the cavity reasonably, and the optimal working gas pressure range is 15-20 Pa. Stabilizing the pump laser frequency in the range of gas absorption centre, choosing reasonable working gas pressure in the THz cavity and the pump power can efficiently improve the performance of the THz laser output.

  20. Optical-Pumping Double-Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance System with a Gifford-McMahon Cryocooler

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    Goto, Atsushi; Ohki, Shinobu; Hashi, Kenjiro; Shimizu, Tadashi

    2011-12-01

    We have developed a system for performing optical-pumping and double-resonance NMR of semiconductors simultaneously or sequentially. The components include a cryosystem equipped with a Gifford-McMahon (GM) cryocooler, which cools the samples via thermal contact. The following benefits are derived from this feature. (1) A pickup coil and tank circuits for NMR can be built in a vacuum, which excludes rf discharges and/or arcing (breakdown) occurring in conventional systems employing a helium-gas atmosphere, allowing application of the stronger and more stable rf-pulses required for broad-line double-resonance NMR. (2) Heat around a sample generated by light irradiation can be drained through the thermal connection to a heat anchor, permitting the use of a light-power high enough to achieve large nuclear polarization by optical pumping. (3) A bottom-loading style can be adopted for the installation of a cryostat and a probe to an NMR magnet, allowing a more compact system.

  1. Optically pumped planar waveguide lasers: Part II: Gain media, laser systems, and applications

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    Grivas, Christos

    2016-01-01

    The field of optically pumped planar waveguide lasers has seen a rapid development over the last two decades driven by the requirements of a range of applications. This sustained research effort has led to the demonstration of a large variety of miniature highly efficient laser sources by combining different gain media and resonator geometries. One of the most attractive features of waveguide lasers is the broad range of regimes that they can operate, spanning from continuous wave and single frequency through to the generation of femtosecond pulses. Furthermore, their technology has experienced considerable advances to provide increased output power levels, deriving benefits from the relative immunity from the heat generated in the gain medium during laser operation and the use of cladding-pumped architectures. This second part of the review on optically pumped planar waveguide lasers provides a snapshot of the state-of-the-art research in this field in terms of gain materials, laser system designs, and as well as a perspective on the status of their application as real devices in various research areas.

  2. Modelling Optically Pumped NMR and Spin Polarization in AlGaAs/GaAs Quantum Wells

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    Saha, Dipta; Stanton, Chris; Wood, R.; Bowers, C. R.; Sesti, E.; Hayes, S. E.; Kuhns, P. L.; McGill, S. A.; Reyes, A. P.

    2014-03-01

    Optically Pumped NMR (OPNMR) is a combination of the optical pumping of semiconductors to create spin-polarized electrons and the direct detection of an enhanced NMR signal as the electron spin polarization is transferred to the nucleus. We present theoretical calculations for the average electron spin polarization at different photon energies for different values of external magnetic field in both unstrained and strained Alx Ga1 - x As / GaAs quantum wells. Comparison is made with the experimental OPNMR signal intensity. We identify the Landau level transitions which are responsible for the peaks in the OPNMR signal intensity. Our calculations are based on the 8-band Pidgeon-Brown model generalized to include the effects of the confinement potential as well as strain. In strained wells, the strain is calculated using a relation that associates the experimental value of the nuclear quadrupole splitting with the strain along a given axis. Optical properties are calculated using Fermi's Golden rule. Results show that the strength and sign the OPNMR signal is related to the average electron spin polarization. Supported by NSF through grants DMR-1105437, DMR-1206447 and the NHMFL In-House Science Program (DMR-1157490).

  3. Review of optically pumped far-infrared laser lines from methanol isotopes

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    Pereira, D.; Moraes, J. C. S.; Telles, E. M.; Scalabrin, A.; Strumia, F.; Moretti, A.; Carelli, G.; Massa, C. A.

    1994-01-01

    The technique of optical pumping in polar molecules is the most efficient for Far-Infrared (FIR) laser generation, providing also a versatile and powerful tool for molecular spectroscopy in this spectral region. Methanol CH3OH and its isotopic varieties are the best media for optically pumped FIR laser, with over thousand lines observed, and the most widely used for investigations and applications. In this sense, it is important to organize and make available catalogues of FIR laser lines as complete as possible. Since the last critical reviews of 1984 on methanol and its isotopic varieties, over hundred papers have been published dealing with hundreds of new FIR laser lines. In 1992 a review of FIR laser lines from CH3OH was presented. In this communication we extend this work to the other methanol isotopes, namely CH3OD, CD3OH, CD3OD, (13)CH3OH, (13)CD3OH, (13)CD3OD, CH3OH-18, CH2DOH, CHD2OH and CH2DOD.

  4. Probing ultrafast spin dynamics with optical pump-probe scanning tunnelling microscopy.

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    Yoshida, Shoji; Aizawa, Yuta; Wang, Zi-han; Oshima, Ryuji; Mera, Yutaka; Matsuyama, Eiji; Oigawa, Haruhiro; Takeuchi, Osamu; Shigekawa, Hidemi

    2014-08-01

    Studies of spin dynamics in low-dimensional systems are important from both fundamental and practical points of view. Spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy allows localized spin dynamics to be characterized and plays important roles in nanoscale science and technology. However, nanoscale analysis of the ultrafast dynamics of itinerant magnetism, as well as its localized characteristics, should be pursued to advance further the investigation of quantum dynamics in functional structures of small systems. Here, we demonstrate the optical pump-probe scanning tunnelling microscopy technique, which enables the nanoscale probing of spin dynamics with the temporal resolution corresponding, in principle, to the optical pulse width. Spins are optically oriented using circularly polarized light, and their dynamics are probed by scanning tunnelling microscopy based on the optical pump-probe method. Spin relaxation in a single quantum well with a width of 6 nm was observed with a spatial resolution of ∼ 1 nm. In addition to spin relaxation dynamics, spin precession, which provides an estimation of the Landé g factor, was observed successfully. PMID:24974938

  5. Probing ultrafast spin dynamics with optical pump-probe scanning tunnelling microscopy

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    Yoshida, Shoji; Aizawa, Yuta; Wang, Zi-Han; Oshima, Ryuji; Mera, Yutaka; Matsuyama, Eiji; Oigawa, Haruhiro; Takeuchi, Osamu; Shigekawa, Hidemi

    2014-08-01

    Studies of spin dynamics in low-dimensional systems are important from both fundamental and practical points of view. Spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy allows localized spin dynamics to be characterized and plays important roles in nanoscale science and technology. However, nanoscale analysis of the ultrafast dynamics of itinerant magnetism, as well as its localized characteristics, should be pursued to advance further the investigation of quantum dynamics in functional structures of small systems. Here, we demonstrate the optical pump-probe scanning tunnelling microscopy technique, which enables the nanoscale probing of spin dynamics with the temporal resolution corresponding, in principle, to the optical pulse width. Spins are optically oriented using circularly polarized light, and their dynamics are probed by scanning tunnelling microscopy based on the optical pump-probe method. Spin relaxation in a single quantum well with a width of 6 nm was observed with a spatial resolution of ~1 nm. In addition to spin relaxation dynamics, spin precession, which provides an estimation of the Landé g factor, was observed successfully.

  6. Fetal magnetocardiography measurements with an array of microfabricated optically pumped magnetometers.

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    Alem, Orang; Sander, Tilmann H; Mhaskar, Rahul; LeBlanc, John; Eswaran, Hari; Steinhoff, Uwe; Okada, Yoshio; Kitching, John; Trahms, Lutz; Knappe, Svenja

    2015-06-21

    Following the rapid progress in the development of optically pumped magnetometer (OPM) technology for the measurement of magnetic fields in the femtotesla range, a successful assembly of individual sensors into an array of nearly identical sensors is within reach. Here, 25 microfabricated OPMs with footprints of 1 cm(3) were assembled into a conformal array. The individual sensors were inserted into three flexible belt-shaped holders and connected to their respective light sources and electronics, which reside outside a magnetically shielded room, through long optical and electrical cables. With this setup the fetal magnetocardiogram of a pregnant woman was measured by placing two sensor belts over her abdomen and one belt over her chest. The fetal magnetocardiogram recorded over the abdomen is usually dominated by contributions from the maternal magnetocardiogram, since the maternal heart generates a much stronger signal than the fetal heart. Therefore, signal processing methods have to be applied to obtain the pure fetal magnetocardiogram: orthogonal projection and independent component analysis. The resulting spatial distributions of fetal cardiac activity are in good agreement with each other. In a further exemplary step, the fetal heart rate was extracted from the fetal magnetocardiogram. Its variability suggests fetal activity. We conclude that microfabricated optically pumped magnetometers operating at room temperature are capable of complementing or in the future even replacing superconducting sensors for fetal magnetocardiography measurements. PMID:26041047

  7. Enhanced Ultraviolet Fluorescence due to Selective Optical Pumping with Extreme Ultraviolet Line Radiation

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    Trebes, James Edward

    In recent efforts to develop XUV and X-ray lasers resonant photo-excitation has been proposed as a possible pumping mechanism for producing population inversions. In this scheme intense line radiation from one ion species is used to pump selectively a nearly coincident absorption transition in a different ion species. Electrons are pumped from the ground state to a highly excited state producing a population inversion between excited states within the pumped ion. This thesis presents a series of experiments in which AIIII 3s-5p 56 nm XUV line radiation from a laser produced Al plasma is used to pump the CII 3p-5d 56 nm absorption transition in a C vacuum arc. The pumping results in UV enhanced fluorescence on the CII 3p-5d 213.8 nm transition and on transitions collisionally coupled to the 5d state. Time resolved measurements of these fluorescence channels are presented. These results are found to be in qualitative agreement with a collisional-radiative model of the pumping process. The limitations of the AIIII-CII optical pumping system for producing an UV laser are discussed. A new class of optically pumped lasers is proposed which avoids these limitations. The new class, based on Be-like ions, offers potential lasing lines from 200 nm to 20 nm. Parameter regimes for lasing are calculated.

  8. Precision measurement of the nuclear polarization in laser-cooled, optically pumped 37K

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    Fenker, B.; Behr, J. A.; Melconian, D.; Anderson, R. M. A.; Anholm, M.; Ashery, D.; Behling, R. S.; Cohen, I.; Craiciu, I.; Donohue, J. M.; Farfan, C.; Friesen, D.; Gorelov, A.; McNeil, J.; Mehlman, M.; Norton, H.; Olchanski, K.; Smale, S.; Thériault, O.; Vantyghem, A. N.; Warner, C. L.

    2016-07-01

    We report a measurement of the nuclear polarization of laser-cooled, optically pumped 37K atoms which will allow us to precisely measure angular correlation parameters in the {β }+-decay of the same atoms. These results will be used to test the V ‑ A framework of the weak interaction at high precision. At the Triumf neutral atom trap (Trinat), a magneto-optical trap confines and cools neutral 37K atoms and optical pumping spin-polarizes them. We monitor the nuclear polarization of the same atoms that are decaying in situ by photoionizing a small fraction of the partially polarized atoms and then use the standard optical Bloch equations to model their population distribution. We obtain an average nuclear polarization of \\bar{P}=0.9913+/- 0.0009, which is significantly more precise than previous measurements with this technique. Since our current measurement of the β-asymmetry has 0.2 % statistical uncertainty, the polarization measurement reported here will not limit its overall uncertainty. This result also demonstrates the capability to measure the polarization to \\lt 0.1 % , allowing for a measurement of angular correlation parameters to this level of precision, which would be competitive in searches for new physics.

  9. Direct measurement of the spectral reflectance of OP-SDL gain elements under optical pumping.

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    Borgentun, Carl; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Larsson, Anders

    2011-08-29

    We report on a direct measurement method for acquiring highly precise reflectance spectra of gain elements for semiconductor disk lasers under optical pumping. The gain element acts as an active mirror, and the active mirror reflectance (AMR) was measured with a weak and tunable probe beam coincident on the gain element with a high-power pump beam. In particular, we measured the spectral AMR of a gain element designed to have a broad and flat AMR spectrum by being anti-resonant at the center wavelength and employing a parametrically optimized anti-reflection structure. We were able to confirm that this sophisticated gain element performs according to design, with an almost constant AMR of ∼103% over a wavelength range of nearly 35 nm, very well matching the simulated behavior. Such gain characteristics are useful for optically pumped semiconductor disk lasers (OP-SDLs) designed for broadband tuning and short-pulse generation through mode-locking. The measurement technique was also applied to a conventional resonant periodic gain element designed for fixed wavelength OP-SDL operation; its AMR spectrum is markedly different with a narrow peak, again in good agreement with the simulations. PMID:21935050

  10. Optical Pumping and Electron Spin Resonance of Single 87Rb Atoms on Helium Nanodroplets

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    Koch, Markus; Poms, Johannes; Volk, Alexander; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2011-06-01

    Our recent development of electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy on superfluid helium nanodroplets (HeN) provides a sensitive tool to investigate interactions between a surface located alkali-metal atom and an ESR silent species inside the droplet. Highest sensitivity is expected for alkali-metal atoms with large hyperfine coupling. We present hyperfine resolved ESR spectra of single 87Rb (hyperfine constant a_HFS = 3417 MHz) atoms isolated on HeN. In accordance with our previous work on 85Rb (AHFS= 1012 MHz) we find a droplet size dependent increase of AHFS between 400 and 450 ppm, due to the electronic perturbation by the helium environment. The process of optical pumping and of optical detection on HeN is investigated in detail in order to optimize the ESR signal. A simple model for optical pumping on HeN is presented, which agrees well with the experimental results. M. Koch, G. Auböck, C. Callegari, and W.E. Ernst, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 035302 (2009) A. Volk, J. Poms, M. Koch, and W.E. Ernst, J. Phys. Chem. A, in press

  11. Method and apparatus for efficient operation of an optically pumped laser

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    Sipes, Jr., Donald L. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    An optically pumped single mode laser, e.g. Nd:YAG crystal (20) with planoconcave mirrors is increased in efficiency by an order of magnitude to about 8% by optics (25, 27) for focusing the high power multimode output of laser diode arrays (21, 22) into the mode volume (20') of the laser medium (20). A plurality of these optically pumped single mode lasers (1-4) may be cascaded in a ring with dichroci mirrors (M.sub.1 -M.sub.4) at the corners for coupling in the laser diode arrays, each having its own means for spatially tailoring its beam to concentrate pump distribution inside the lasing mode volume of the medium. An InGaAlAs pump diode (30) with its wavelength of the same as a lasing medium makes the ring unidirectional. The questions raised in reexamination request No. 90/002,473, filed Oct. 10, 1991, have been considered and the results thereof are reflected in this reissue patent which constitutes the reexamination certificate required by 35 U.S.C. 307 as provided in 37 CFR 1,570(e).

  12. Influence of optical pumping wavelength on the ultrafast gain and phase recovery acceleration of quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifiers

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    Kim, Jungho

    2013-10-01

    We numerically investigate the influence of the optical pumping wavelength on the ultrafast gain and phase recovery acceleration of quantum-dot (QD) semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) by solving 1088 coupled rate equations. The temporal variations of the gain and phase recovery response at the ground state (GS) of QDs are calculated at various signal wavelengths when the optical pumping wavelengths at the excited state (ES) of QDs are varied. The phase recovery response is fastest when the wavelength of the signal and pumping beams corresponds to the respective emission wavelength of the GS and the ES in the same size of QDs. The absorption efficiency of the optical pumping beam at the ES is determined by the Lorentzian line shape function of the homogeneous broadening.

  13. Integrated plasmonic circuitry on a vertical-cavity surface-emitting semiconductor laser platform

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    McPolin, Cillian P. T.; Bouillard, Jean-Sebastien; Vilain, Sebastien; Krasavin, Alexey V.; Dickson, Wayne; O'Connor, Daniel; Wurtz, Gregory A.; Justice, John; Corbett, Brian; Zayats, Anatoly V.

    2016-08-01

    Integrated plasmonic sources and detectors are imperative in the practical development of plasmonic circuitry for bio- and chemical sensing, nanoscale optical information processing, as well as transducers for high-density optical data storage. Here we show that vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) can be employed as an on-chip, electrically pumped source or detector of plasmonic signals, when operated in forward or reverse bias, respectively. To this end, we experimentally demonstrate surface plasmon polariton excitation, waveguiding, frequency conversion and detection on a VCSEL-based plasmonic platform. The coupling efficiency of the VCSEL emission to waveguided surface plasmon polariton modes has been optimized using asymmetric plasmonic nanostructures. The plasmonic VCSEL platform validated here is a viable solution for practical realizations of plasmonic functionalities for various applications, such as those requiring sub-wavelength field confinement, refractive index sensitivity or optical near-field transduction with electrically driven sources, thus enabling the realization of on-chip optical communication and lab-on-a-chip devices.

  14. MOVPE growth of visible vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs)

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    Zorn, M.; Knigge, A.; Zeimer, U.; Klein, A.; Kissel, H.; Weyers, M.; Tränkle, G.

    2003-02-01

    This paper summarises the development of the epitaxial growth process for visible vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) in metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE). The production of these devices which are of particular interest, e.g. for data communications via plastic optical fibres or for consumer electronics, is a real challenge for MOVPE due to the unfavourable material properties in the AlInGaP/AlGaAs material system necessary for this wavelength range. The following stages of the growth process have been investigated with the intention to reach maximum output power and high temperature stability: distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) doping, interface grading, number of p:DBR pairs, oxide confinement layer, cavity design, number of quantum wells, and wavelength alignment. After optimisation devices with record high output powers of more than 4 mW at 650 nm and 10 mW at 670 nm could be fabricated. Single mode VCSELs show laser emission up to 65°C at 650 nm and 87°C at 670 nm. Laser operation for more than 1000 h demonstrates the potential of these devices for industrial applications.

  15. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers for free-space interconnects

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    Coldren, Larry A.; Thibeault, Brian J.

    1996-01-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers have emerged as viable optical sources for low-power, low-cost interconnects. Work over the past few years has involved the use of several different structures, including etched-mesa, proton-implanted and dielectric apertured types. Although much of the development work aimed at manufacture has focused on the proton-implanted structure, more recent work suggests that lower threshold, higher-efficiency configurations may be more desirable for future applications. In this review, we briefly outline the different structures, introduce a general design formalism, overview growth and fabrication issues, summarize some integration work, and finally review some applications that have been identified. Free-space interconnects with AlGaAs/GaAs-based materials are emphasized including a brief summary of recent work on links using integrated microlenses on the VCSELs and detectors to avoid external optics. For completeness, we shall also include some discussion of the progress in long-wavelength InP-based (1.3 - 1.55 micrometer) and short- wavelength AlInGaP/GaAs-based (0.8 - 0.6 micrometer) VCSELs as well as guided-wave data links.

  16. High-speed modulation, wavelength, and mode control in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Ledentsov, Nikolay N.; Kropp, Jörg-R.; Shchukin, Vitaly A.; Steinle, Gunther; Ledentsov, Nikolay N.; Turkiewicz, Jarek P.; Wu, Bo; Qiu, Shaofeng; Ma, Yanan; Feng, Zhiyong; Burger, Sven; Schmidt, Frank; Caspar, Christoph; Freund, Ronald; Choquette, Kent D.

    2015-03-01

    We address demands and challenges for GaAs-based Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSEL) in data communication. High speed modulation (~50Gb/s) at a high reliability can be realized with a proper VCSEL design providing a high differential gain. In cases where extreme temperatures are required electrooptic modulation in duo- cavity VCSELs can be applied as the modulation speed and the differential gain are decoupled. Single mode operation of VCSELs is necessary to counteract the chromatic dispersion of glass fibers and extend distances to above 1 km while using standard multimode fibers. Oxide layer engineering or using of photonic crystals can be applied. Parallel error-free 25Gb/s transmission over OM3 and OM4 multimode fiber (~0.5 and 1 km, respectively) is realized in large aperture oxide-engineered VCSEL arrays. Passive cavity VCSELs with gain medium placed in the bottom DBR and the upper part made of dielectric materials a complete temperature insensitivity of the emission wavelength can be realized. Engineering of the oxide aperture region enables near field vertical cavity lasers. Such devices can operate in a high- order transverse mode with an effective mode angle beyond the angle of the total internal reflection at the semiconductor-air interface. Near filed coupling to optical fibers and waveguides becomes possible in this case.

  17. Polarized optical injection in long-wavelength vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Hurtado, A.; Schires, K.; Khan, N.; Al-Seyab, R.; Henning, I. D.; Adams, M. J.

    2011-05-01

    We report a comprehensive study of the effects of polarized optical injection in long-wavelength Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (LW-VCSELs) emitting at the telecom wavelength of 1550nm. We analyze the properties of the polarization switching and bistability that can be induced in a 1550nm-VCSEL under orthogonal and arbitrary polarized optical injection. Additionally, we study the injection locking bandwidth of these devices when subject to different polarized optical injection. Furthermore, we also analyze the relationship existing between the injection locking bandwidth and the polarization switching range when the device is subject to orthogonally-polarized optical injection. Finally, we have identified regions of different nonlinear dynamics outside the injection locking bandwidth, including regions of periodic dynamics (such as limit cycle and period doubling) and chaos when these devices are subject to parallel and to orthogonal optical injection. This rich variety of nonlinear effects observed at 1550nm offers exciting prospects for novel practical uses of VCSELs in optical switching/routing applications in optical networks.

  18. Integrated plasmonic circuitry on a vertical-cavity surface-emitting semiconductor laser platform

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    McPolin, Cillian P. T.; Bouillard, Jean-Sebastien; Vilain, Sebastien; Krasavin, Alexey V.; Dickson, Wayne; O'Connor, Daniel; Wurtz, Gregory A.; Justice, John; Corbett, Brian; Zayats, Anatoly V.

    2016-01-01

    Integrated plasmonic sources and detectors are imperative in the practical development of plasmonic circuitry for bio- and chemical sensing, nanoscale optical information processing, as well as transducers for high-density optical data storage. Here we show that vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) can be employed as an on-chip, electrically pumped source or detector of plasmonic signals, when operated in forward or reverse bias, respectively. To this end, we experimentally demonstrate surface plasmon polariton excitation, waveguiding, frequency conversion and detection on a VCSEL-based plasmonic platform. The coupling efficiency of the VCSEL emission to waveguided surface plasmon polariton modes has been optimized using asymmetric plasmonic nanostructures. The plasmonic VCSEL platform validated here is a viable solution for practical realizations of plasmonic functionalities for various applications, such as those requiring sub-wavelength field confinement, refractive index sensitivity or optical near-field transduction with electrically driven sources, thus enabling the realization of on-chip optical communication and lab-on-a-chip devices. PMID:27491686

  19. Surface-Emitting Distributed Feedback Terahertz Quantum-Cascade Lasers in Metal-Metal Waveguides

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    Kumar, Sushil; Williams, Benjamin S.; Qin, Qi; Lee, Alan W. M.; Hu, Qing; Reno, John L.

    2007-01-01

    Single-mode surface-emitting distributed feedback terahertz quantumcascade lasers operating around 2.9 THz are developed in metal-metal waveguides. A combination of techniques including precise control of phase of reflection at the facets, and u e of metal on the sidewalls to eliminate higher-order lateral modes allow robust single-mode operation over a range of approximately 0.35 THz. Single-lobed far-field radiation pattern is obtained using a pi phase-shift in center of the second-order Bragg grating. A grating device operating at 2.93 THz lased up to 149 K in pulsed mode and a temperature tuning of 19 .7 GHz was observed from 5 K to 147 K. The same device lased up to 78 K in continuous-wave (cw) mode emitting more than 6 m W of cw power at 5 K. ln general, maximum temperature of pulsed operation for grating devices was within a few Kelvin of that of multi-mode Fabry-Perot ridge lasers

  20. Efficient vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers for infrared illumination applications

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    Seurin, Jean-Francois; Xu, Guoyang; Guo, Baiming; Miglo, Alexander; Wang, Qing; Pradhan, Prachi; Wynn, James D.; Khalfin, Viktor; Zou, Wei-Xiong; Ghosh, Chuni; Van Leeuwen, Robert

    2011-03-01

    Infrared illumination is used in the commercial and defense markets for surveillance and security, for high-speed imaging, and for military covert operations. Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are an attractive candidate for IR illumination applications as they offer advantageous properties such as efficiency, intrinsically low diverging circular beam, low-cost manufacturing, narrow emission spectrum, and high reliability. VCSELs can also operate at high temperatures, thereby meeting the harsh environmental requirements of many illuminators. The efficiency and brightness of these VCSELs also reduce the requirements of the power supply compared to, for example, an LED approach. We present results on VCSEL arrays for illumination applications, as well as results on VCSEL-based illumination experiments. These VCSELs are used in illuminators emitting from a few Watts up to several hundred Watts. The emission of these VCSEL-based illuminators is speckle-free with no interference patterns. Infra-red illumination at up to 1,600ft (500m) from the source has been demonstrated using VCSEL-based illumination, without any optics.

  1. Surface-emitting superconductor laser spectroscopy for characterizing normal and sickled red blood cells

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    Gourley, P.L.; Meissner, K.E.; Brennan, T.M.; Hammons, B.E.; Gourley, M.F.

    1995-02-01

    We have developed a new intracavity laser technique that uses a living or a fixed cell as an integral component of the laser. The cells are placed on an AlGaAs/GaAs surface-emitting semiconductor wafer and covered with a glass dielectric mirror to form a laser resonator. In this arrangement, the cells serve as optical waveguides (or lens elements) to confine (or focus) light generated in the resonator by the semiconductor. Because of the high transparency, the cells aid the lasing process to generate laser light. This ultra sensitive laser provides a novel imaging/spectroscopic technique for histologic examination which we demonstrate with normal and sickled human red blood cells. Extremely high contrast microscopic images of the cells are observed near 830-850 nm. These images correspond to electromagnetic modes of cell structures and are sensitive to shape of the cell. Using a high resolution spectrometer, we resolve the light emitted from these images into very narrow spectral peaks associated with the lasing modes. Analysis of the spectra reveals that the distribution of peaks is quite different for normal and sickled red blood cells. This technique, in a more developed form, may be useful for the rapid analysis of other kinds of normal and abnormal cells.

  2. Temperature-insensitive vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and method for fabrication thereof

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    Chow, W.W.; Choquette, K.D.; Gourley, P.L.

    1998-01-27

    A temperature-insensitive vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and method for fabrication thereof are disclosed. The temperature-insensitive VCSEL comprises a quantum-well active region within a resonant cavity, the active region having a gain spectrum with a high-order subband (n {>=} 2) contribution thereto for broadening and flattening the gain spectrum, thereby substantially reducing any variation in operating characteristics of the VCSEL over a temperature range of interest. The method for forming the temperature-insensitive VCSEL comprises the steps of providing a substrate and forming a plurality of layers thereon for providing first and second distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) mirror stacks with an active region sandwiched therebetween, the active region including at least one quantum-well layer providing a gain spectrum having a high-order subband (n {>=} 2) gain contribution, and the DBR mirror stacks having predetermined layer compositions and thicknesses for providing a cavity resonance within a predetermined wavelength range substantially overlapping the gain spectrum. 12 figs.

  3. Temperature-insensitive vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and method for fabrication thereof

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    Chow, Weng W.; Choquette, Kent D.; Gourley, Paul L.

    1998-01-01

    A temperature-insensitive vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and method for fabrication thereof. The temperature-insensitive VCSEL comprises a quantum-well active region within a resonant cavity, the active region having a gain spectrum with a high-order subband (n.gtoreq.2) contribution thereto for broadening and flattening the gain spectrum, thereby substantially reducing any variation in operating characteristics of the VCSEL over a temperature range of interest. The method for forming the temperature-insensitive VCSEL comprises the steps of providing a substrate and forming a plurality of layers thereon for providing first and second distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) mirror stacks with an active region sandwiched therebetween, the active region including at least one quantum-well layer providing a gain spectrum having a high-order subband (n.gtoreq.2) gain contribution, and the DBR mirror stacks having predetermined layer compositions and thicknesses for providing a cavity resonance within a predetermined wavelength range substantially overlapping the gain spectrum.

  4. Integrated plasmonic circuitry on a vertical-cavity surface-emitting semiconductor laser platform.

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    McPolin, Cillian P T; Bouillard, Jean-Sebastien; Vilain, Sebastien; Krasavin, Alexey V; Dickson, Wayne; O'Connor, Daniel; Wurtz, Gregory A; Justice, John; Corbett, Brian; Zayats, Anatoly V

    2016-01-01

    Integrated plasmonic sources and detectors are imperative in the practical development of plasmonic circuitry for bio- and chemical sensing, nanoscale optical information processing, as well as transducers for high-density optical data storage. Here we show that vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) can be employed as an on-chip, electrically pumped source or detector of plasmonic signals, when operated in forward or reverse bias, respectively. To this end, we experimentally demonstrate surface plasmon polariton excitation, waveguiding, frequency conversion and detection on a VCSEL-based plasmonic platform. The coupling efficiency of the VCSEL emission to waveguided surface plasmon polariton modes has been optimized using asymmetric plasmonic nanostructures. The plasmonic VCSEL platform validated here is a viable solution for practical realizations of plasmonic functionalities for various applications, such as those requiring sub-wavelength field confinement, refractive index sensitivity or optical near-field transduction with electrically driven sources, thus enabling the realization of on-chip optical communication and lab-on-a-chip devices. PMID:27491686

  5. Efficient power extraction in surface-emitting semiconductor lasers using graded photonic heterostructures.

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    Xu, Gangyi; Colombelli, Raffaele; Khanna, Suraj P; Belarouci, Ali; Letartre, Xavier; Li, Lianhe; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles; Beere, Harvey E; Ritchie, David A

    2012-01-01

    Symmetric and antisymmetric band-edge modes exist in distributed feedback surface-emitting semiconductor lasers, with the dominant difference being the radiation loss. Devices generally operate on the low-loss antisymmetric modes, although the power extraction efficiency is low. Here we develop graded photonic heterostructures, which localize the symmetric mode in the device centre and confine the antisymmetric modes close to the laser facet. This modal spatial separation is combined with absorbing boundaries to increase the antisymmetric mode loss, and force device operation on the symmetric mode, with elevated radiation efficiency. Application of this concept to terahertz quantum cascade lasers leads to record-high peak-power surface emission (>100 mW) and differential efficiencies (230 mW A(-1)), together with low-divergence, single-lobed emission patterns, and is also applicable to continuous-wave operation. Such flexible tuning of the radiation loss using graded photonic heterostructures, with only a minimal influence on threshold current, is highly desirable for optimizing second-order distributed feedback lasers. PMID:22805559

  6. Ultimate modulation bandwidth of 850 nm oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Bobrov, M. A.; Blokhin, S. A.; Maleev, N. A.; Kuzmenkov, A. G.; Blokhin, A. A.; Zadiranov, Yu M.; Troshkov, S. I.; Ledentsov, N. N.; Ustinov, V. M.

    2015-11-01

    Complex influence of photon lifetime (controlled by the mirror loss) and aperture size on the performance of 850 nm InGaAlAs oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with fully doped AlGaAs-based distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) was investigated. We find a tradeoff between photon lifetime and gain nonlinearity for maximizing the optical bandwidth, leading to the optimum aperture size close to 4-6 μm. In spite of the reduced photon lifetime (from 4 ps to 1 ps), the excess damping caused by the current-induced self-heating limits the ultimate modulation bandwidth for the given VCSELs design at 24-25 GHz. Further improvement in high frequency characteristics can be facilitated by decrease of the heat generation and improvement of the heat removal from the active region as well as by proper engineering of the scattering loss at the oxide aperture while keeping the low capacitance optimizing design of the oxide aperture.

  7. Status and future of GaN-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Feezell, Daniel F.

    2015-03-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) offer distinct advantages over conventional edge-emitting lasers, including lower power consumption, single-longitudinal-mode operation, circularly symmetric output beams, waferlevel testing, and the ability to form densely packed, two-dimensional arrays. High-performance GaN-based VCSELs are well suited for applications in high-density optical data storage, high-resolution printing, lighting, displays, projectors, miniature atomic clocks, and chemical/biological sensing. Thus far, the performance of these devices has been limited by challenges associated with the formation of high-reflectance distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs), optical mode confinement, carrier transport, lateral current spreading, polarization-related electric fields, and cavity-length control. This manuscript discusses the state-of-the-art results for electrically injected GaN-based VCSELs and reviews approaches to overcome the key challenges currently preventing higher performance devices. The manuscript also describes the development of nonpolar GaN-based VCSELs on free-standing GaN. Nonpolar orientations exhibit anisotropic optical gain within the quantum well plane and uniquely enable VCSELs with a well-defined and stable polarization state. In addition, a detailed description of a band-gap-selective photoelectrochemical etching (BGS PECE) process for substrate removal and fine cavity length control on free-standing GaN substrates is provided.

  8. Nonpolar III-nitride vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers incorporating an ion implanted aperture

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    Leonard, J. T.; Cohen, D. A.; Yonkee, B. P.; Farrell, R. M.; Margalith, T.; Lee, S.; DenBaars, S. P.; Speck, J. S.; Nakamura, S.

    2015-07-01

    We report on our recent progress in improving the performance of nonpolar III-nitride vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) by using an Al ion implanted aperture and employing a multi-layer electron-beam evaporated ITO intracavity contact. The use of an ion implanted aperture improves the lateral confinement over SiNx apertures by enabling a planar ITO design, while the multi-layer ITO contact minimizes scattering losses due to its epitaxially smooth morphology. The reported VCSEL has 10 QWs, with a 3 nm quantum well width, 1 nm barriers, a 5 nm electron-blocking layer, and a 6.95- λ total cavity thickness. These advances yield a single longitudinal mode 406 nm nonpolar VCSEL with a low threshold current density (˜16 kA/cm2), a peak output power of ˜12 μW, and a 100% polarization ratio. The lasing in the current aperture is observed to be spatially non-uniform, which is likely a result of filamentation caused by non-uniform current spreading, lateral optical confinement, contact resistance, and absorption loss.

  9. Al-based thermal oxides in vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Ruvimov, S.; Swider, W.; Washburn, Jack; Li, Meng; Li, Gabriel S.; Chang-Hasnain, Constance J.; Weber, Eicke R.

    1997-01-01

    The microstructure of wet oxidized layers for vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELS) was studied by transmission electron microscopy. These oxides were formed by reaction of AlxGa1-xAs(x approximately equals 0 - 0.2) with water vapor at elevated temperatures (approximately 400 - 450 degrees Celsius). Due to the excellent carrier confinement provided by the oxidized layer, VCSELS have very low threshold currents and high efficiencies. This study revealed the accumulation of excess As at the interfaces with the oxidized layers and occasionally at the sample surface. To avoid this As accumulation on the sample surface, GaInP layers were grown on top of AlGaAs/GaAs layers. In this case no As was found at the layer surface. In addition, substantial shrinkage was found after oxidation, and the formation of large pores at the interface between the oxide and the high Al content layer, which might be detrimental for the device performance. The dependence of the oxide and interface quality on the composition of the oxidized layers, oxidation time and temperature are discussed in relation to the optical quality of VCSELs.

  10. Energy-efficiency of optical network units with vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers.

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    Wong, Elaine; Mueller, Michael; Dias, Maluge P I; Chan, Chien Aun; Amann, Markus C

    2012-07-01

    The energy savings of 10 Gbps vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for use in energy-efficient optical network units (ONUs) is critically examined in this work. We experimentally characterize and analytically show that the fast settling time and low power consumption during active and power-saving modes allow the VCSEL-ONU to achieve significant energy savings over the distributed feedback laser (DFB) based ONU. The power consumption per customer using VCSEL-ONUs and DFB-ONUs, is compared through an illustrative example of 10G-EPON for Video-on-Demand delivery. Using energy consumption models and numerical analyses in sleep and doze mode operations, we present an impact study of network and protocol parameters, e.g. polling cycle time, network load, and upstream access scheme used, on the achievable energy savings of VCSEL-ONUs over DFB-ONUs. Guidance on the specific power-saving mode to maximum energy savings throughout the day, is also presented. PMID:22772191

  11. Time-dependent model for vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Thode, L.; Csanak, G.; Hotchkiss, R.; Snell, C.

    1995-03-01

    Two models have been developed to simulate a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). The first model is a two-dimensional time-dependent solution of Maxwell`s equations, with frequency-independent bulk dielectric and absorption coefficients. These bulk coefficients depend upon the material, lattice temperature, and carrier concentration. This field model is coupled with a frequency-dependent gain model that describes the quantum well regions in the time domain. Treatment of frequency-dependent media in a finite-difference time-domain code is computationally intensive. On the other hand, because the volume of the active region is small relative to the volume of the distributed laser cavity, the computational overhead is reasonable. A semi-empirical transport model is used to describe the bulk transport, which drives the quantum well transport. In addition, the semi-empirical model provides a spatial distribution for the lattice temperature and carrier concentrations. The second model is a three-dimensional solution of Maxwell`s equations. The three-dimensional model can be used for cold-cavity calculations. The two-dimensional code generates the dielectric and absorption coefficients assuming azimuthal symmetry, providing the initial conditions for the three-dimensional calculation.

  12. Theory of spin-exchange optical pumping of 3He and 129Xe

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    Appelt, S.; Baranga, A. Ben-Amar; Erickson, C. J.; Romalis, M. V.; Young, A. R.; Happer, W.

    1998-08-01

    We present a comprehensive theory of nuclear spin polarization of 3He and 129Xe gases by spin-exchange collisions with optically pumped alkali-metal vapors. The most important physical processes considered are (1) spin-conserving spin-exchange collisions between like or unlike alkali-metal atoms; (2) spin-destroying collisions of the alkali-metal atoms with each other and with buffer-gas atoms; (3) electron-nuclear spin-exchange collisions between alkali-metal atoms and 3He or 129Xe atoms; (4) spin interactions in van der Waals molecules consisting of a Xe atom bound to an alkali-metal atom; (5) optical pumping by laser photons; (6) spatial diffusion. The static magnetic field is assumed to be small enough that the nuclear spin of the alkali-metal atom is well coupled to the electron spin and the total spin is very nearly a good quantum number. Conditions appropriate for the production of large quantities of spin-polarized 3He or 129Xe gas are assumed, namely, atmospheres of gas pressure and nearly complete quenching of the optically excited alkali-metal atoms by collisions with N2 or H2 gas. Some of the more important results of this work are as follows: (1) Most of the pumping and relaxation processes are sudden with respect to the nuclear polarization. Consequently, the steady-state population distribution of alkali-metal atoms is well described by a spin temperature, whether the rate of spin-exchange collisions between alkali-metal atoms is large or small compared to the optical pumping rate or the collisional spin-relaxation rates. (2) The population distributions that characterize the response to sudden changes in the intensity of the pumping light are not described by a spin temperature, except in the limit of very rapid spin exchange. (3) Expressions given for the radio-frequency (rf) resonance linewidths and areas can be used to make reliable estimates of the local spin polarization of the alkali-metal atoms. (4) Diffusion effects for these high

  13. Alkali-metal-atom polarization imaging in high-pressure optical-pumping cells

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    Baranga, A. Ben-Amar; Appelt, S.; Erickson, C. J.; Young, A. R.; Happer, W.

    1998-09-01

    We present a detailed experimental analysis of Rb-polarization imaging in high-pressure gas cells. The Rb vapor in these cells is optically pumped by high-power diode-laser arrays. We present images for high (35 G) and low (4 G) magnetic fields and for different He and Xe buffer-gas mixtures. We demonstrate that high-field imaging provides an absolute measurement of the Rb-polarization distribution in the cell, based on the fact that a spin-temperature distribution of the hyperfine magnetic sublevels is established in high-pressure buffer gases. A survey of various mechanisms that broaden the Rb magnetic-resonance lines is presented. These broadening mechanisms determine the limits of the spatial resolution achievable for images of the Rb-polarization distribution.

  14. Rotational Raman spectroscopy of high-density spin-exchange optical pumping cells

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    Walter, Daniel K.; Griffith, Warren M.; Happer, William

    2000-06-01

    We report on measurements of the spatial temperature distribution in multiple-atmosphere spin-exchange optical pumping cells pumped with high-power diode laser arrays, obtained by observing the Raman scattering of an argon-ion probe beam by the 60-200 torr of molecular nitrogen buffer gas contained in the cell. We find that over a large range of ambient oven temperatures, the temperature of the gas in the 45-cc pump chamber is elevated by roughly 10 Kelvin per Watt of D1 pump radiation absorbed by the alkali vapor. In addition, we have observed flat temperature profiles across the cells, indicating that the transfer of heat deposited by the pump laser is dominated by convection, rather than conduction.

  15. A breadboard of optically-pumped atomic-beam frequency standard for space applications

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    Berthoud, P.; Ruffieux, R.; Affolderbach, C.; Thomann, P.

    2004-06-01

    Observatoire de Neuchâtel (ON) has recently started breadboarding activities for an Optically-pumped Space Cesium-beam Atomic Resonator in the frame of an ESA-ARTES 5 project. The goal is to demonstrate a frequency stability approaching σy = 1×10-12 τ-1/2 with the simplest optical scheme (a single optical frequency for both the atomic pumping and detection processes). This development constitutes a fundamental step in the general effort to reduce the mass of the on-board clocks, while keeping or even improving its performances. It will take advantage of previous activities at ON in the late '80 and of the latest progresses in the field of tunable and narrow-band laser diodes.

  16. {sup 3}He polarization via optical pumping in a birefringent cell

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    Masuda, Y.; Ino, T.; Skoy, V.R.; Jones, G.L.

    2005-08-01

    A sapphire cell was used to obtain a high {sup 3}He nuclear polarization by means of spin-exchange optical pumping. The phase-shift difference between ordinary and extraordinary rays is well controlled using the thickness of the birefringent sapphire window so that a high circular polarization is obtained in the cell. Neutron transmission through the polarized {sup 3}He gas was measured as a function of neutron energy. A large {sup 3}He polarization of 63{+-}1% was obtained at a {sup 3}He pressure of 3.1 atm. Neutron polarizations of 97 and 90 % were obtained with transmission rates of 15 and 22 % at 10 and 20 meV, respectively.

  17. Low-frequency, self-sustained oscillations in inductively coupled plasmas used for optical pumping

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    Coffer, J.; Encalada, N.; Huang, M.; Camparo, J.

    2014-10-28

    We have investigated very low frequency, on the order of one hertz, self-pulsing in alkali-metal inductively-coupled plasmas (i.e., rf-discharge lamps). This self-pulsing has the potential to significantly vary signal-to-noise ratios and (via the ac-Stark shift) resonant frequencies in optically pumped atomic clocks and magnetometers (e.g., the atomic clocks now flying on GPS and Galileo global navigation system satellites). The phenomenon arises from a nonlinear interaction between the atomic physics of radiation trapping and the plasma's electrical nature. To explain the effect, we have developed an evaporation/condensation theory (EC theory) of the self-pulsing phenomenon.

  18. Ten years optically pumped semiconductor lasers: review, state-of-the-art, and future developments

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    Kannengiesser, Christian; Ostroumov, Vasiliy; Pfeufer, Volker; Seelert, Wolf; Simon, Christoph; von Elm, Rüdiger; Zuck, Andreas

    2010-02-01

    Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers - OPSLs - have been introduced in 2001. Their unique features such as power scalability and wavelength flexibility, their excellent beam parameters, power stability and reliability opened this pioneering technology access to a wide range of applications such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, sequencing, medical diagnosis and therapy, semiconductor inspection, graphic arts, forensic, metrology. This talk will introduce the OPSL principles and compare them with ion, diode and standard solid state lasers. It will revue the first 10 years of this exciting technology, its current state and trends. In particular currently accessible wavelengths and power ranges, frequency doubling, ultra-narrow linewidth possibilities will be discussed. A survey of key applications will be given.

  19. NMR spectroscopy of hyperpolarized ^129Xe at high fields: Maintaining spin polarization after optical pumping.

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    Patton, Brian; Kuzma, Nicholas N.; Lisitza, Natalia V.; Happer, William

    2003-05-01

    Spin-polarized ^129Xe has become an invaluable tool in nuclear magnetic resonance research, with applications ranging from medical imaging to high-resolution spectroscopy. High-field NMR studies using hyperpolarized xenon as a spectroscopic probe benefit from the high signal-to-noise ratios and large chemical shifts typical of optically-pumped noble gases. The experimental sensitivity is ultimately determined by the absolute polarization of the xenon in the sample, which can be substantially decreased during purification and transfer. NMR of xenon at high fields (9.4 Tesla) will be discussed, and potential mechanisms of spin relaxation during the distillation, storage(N. N. Kuzma, B. Patton, K. Raman, and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88), 147602 (2002)., and delivery of hyperpolarized xenon will be analyzed.

  20. Nuclear spin polarized H and D by means of spin-exchange optical pumping

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    Stenger, Jörn; Grosshauser, Carsten; Kilian, Wolfgang; Nagengast, Wolfgang; Ranzenberger, Bernd; Rith, Klaus; Schmidt, Frank

    1998-01-01

    Optically pumped spin-exchange sources for polarized hydrogen and deuterium atoms have been demonstrated to yield high atomic flow and high electron spin polarization. For maximum nuclear polarization the source has to be operated in spin temperature equilibrium, which has already been demonstrated for hydrogen. In spin temperature equilibrium the nuclear spin polarization PI equals the electron spin polarization PS for hydrogen and is even larger than PS for deuterium. We discuss the general properties of spin temperature equilibrium for a sample of deuterium atoms. One result are the equations PI=4PS/(3+PS2) and Pzz=PSṡPI, where Pzz is the nuclear tensor polarization. Furthermore we demonstrate that the deuterium atoms from our source are in spin temperature equilibrium within the experimental accuracy.

  1. Modeling rubidium optical pumping in the intermediate buffer-gas-pressure regime

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    Tupa, Dale; Gay, Timothy

    2015-05-01

    Applications, such as a spin-exchange polarized electron source, drive the need to understand the optical pumping process of Rb in the presence of 0.01-1.0 torr buffer gas. Despite the complexity of the systems, appropriate assumptions to simplify the calculations produce straightforward models that can be solved with programming languages such as Mathematica, or even with an Excel spreadsheet. These simplified equations adequately describe the system, as demonstrated by comparing the calculated results to experimental data that includes the effects of radiation trapping, a spin-reversal phenomenon, and a method of measuring the polarization with a transverse optical probe. This work has been supported by the NSF [Grants No. PHY-0855629, No. PHY-1206067, and No. PHY-0821385 (MRI)].

  2. Theoretical description of transverse measurements of polarization in optically-pumped Rb vapor cells

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    Dreiling, Joan; Tupa, Dale; Norrgard, Eric; Gay, Timothy

    2012-06-01

    In optical pumping of alkali-metal vapors, the polarization of the atoms is typically determined by probing along the entire length of the pumping beam, resulting in an averaged value of polarization over the length of the cell. Such measurements do not give any information about spatial variations of the polarization along the pump beam axis. Using a D1 probe beam oriented perpendicular to the pumping beam, we have demonstrated a heuristic method for determining the polarization along the pump beam's axis. Adapting a previously developed theory [1], we provide an analysis of the experiment which explains why this method works. The model includes the effects of Rb density, buffer gas pressure, and pump detuning. [4pt] [1] E.B. Norrgard, D. Tupa, J.M. Dreiling, and T.J. Gay, Phys. Rev. A 82, 033408 (2010).

  3. The Effects of Hybrid Optical Pumping on the Electron Spin Filter.

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    Rosenberry, Mark; Gay, Timothy

    2016-05-01

    Under the low pressure conditions of our spin filter experiment, optically pumping a single alkali species runs into the problem of radiation trapping. To polarize a significant electron current requires a moderate alkali density, but in the absence of quenching effects such a vapor is limited to modest polarization, and hence the resulting electron polarization is also low. One possible solution is to introduce a second alkali species, which can be polarized by spin exchange with the laser polarized species. Since this second species does not interact with the laser, it does not suffer from radiation trapping, even if it has a substantial density. We report progress in experimental and computational studies of potassium/rubidium hybrid pumping in this regime

  4. Polarized {sup 3}He gas compression system using metastability-exchange optical pumping

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    Hussey, D.S.; Rich, D.R.; Belov, A.S.; Tong, X.; Yang, H.; Bailey, C.; Keith, C.D.; Hartfield, J.; Hall, G.D.R.; Black, T.C.; Snow, W.M.; Gentile, T.R.; Chen, W.C.; Jones, G.L.; Wildman, E.

    2005-05-15

    Dense samples (10-100 bar cm) of nuclear spin polarized {sup 3}He are utilized in high energy physics, neutron scattering, atomic physics, and magnetic resonance imaging. Metastability exchange optical pumping can rapidly produce high {sup 3}He polarizations ({approx_equal}80%) at low pressures (few mbar). We describe a polarized {sup 3}He gas compressor system which accepts 0.26 bar l h{sup -1} of {sup 3}He gas polarized to 70% by a 4 W neodymium doped lanthanum magnesium hexaluminate (Nd:LMA) laser and compresses it into a 5 bar cm target with final polarization of 55%. The spin relaxation rates of the system's components have been measured using nuclear magnetic resonance and a model of the {sup 3}He polarization loss based on the measured relaxation rates and the gas flow is in agreement with a {sup 3}He polarization measurement using neutron transmission.

  5. Polarized 3He gas compression system using metastability-exchange optical pumping

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    Hussey, D. S.; Rich, D. R.; Belov, A. S.; Tong, X.; Yang, H.; Bailey, C.; Keith, C. D.; Hartfield, J.; Hall, G. D. R.; Black, T. C.; Snow, W. M.; Gentile, T. R.; Chen, W. C.; Jones, G. L.; Wildman, E.

    2005-05-01

    Dense samples (10-100barcm) of nuclear spin polarized He3 are utilized in high energy physics, neutron scattering, atomic physics, and magnetic resonance imaging. Metastability exchange optical pumping can rapidly produce high He3 polarizations (≈80%) at low pressures (few mbar). We describe a polarized He3 gas compressor system which accepts 0.26barlh-1 of He3 gas polarized to 70% by a 4W neodymium doped lanthanum magnesium hexaluminate (Nd:LMA) laser and compresses it into a 5barcm target with final polarization of 55%. The spin relaxation rates of the system's components have been measured using nuclear magnetic resonance and a model of the He3 polarization loss based on the measured relaxation rates and the gas flow is in agreement with a He3 polarization measurement using neutron transmission.

  6. The TRIUMF optically-pumped polarized H{sup {minus}} ion source

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    Levy, C.D.P.; Jayamanna, K.; McDonald, M.

    1995-09-01

    The TRIUMF dc optically-pumped polarized H{sup {minus}} ion source (OPPIS) produces 200 {micro}A dc H{sup {minus}} current at 85% polarization within a normalized emittance (90%) of 0.8 {pi} mm mrad, for operations at the TRIUMF cyclotron. As a result of development of the ECR primary proton source, 1.6 mA dc polarized H{sup {minus}} current is produced within a normalized emittance of 2 {pi} mm mrad, suitable for high energy accelerators. The OPPIS has also been developed for use in a parity non-conservation experiment which has very severe limits on permissible helicity-correlated changes in beam current and energy.

  7. Intrinsic carrier multiplication efficiency in bulk Si crystals evaluated by optical-pump/terahertz-probe spectroscopy

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    Yamashita, G.; Nagai, M. E-mail: ashida@mp.es.osaka-u.ac.jp; Ashida, M. E-mail: ashida@mp.es.osaka-u.ac.jp; Matsubara, E.; Kanemitsu, Y.

    2014-12-08

    We estimated the carrier multiplication efficiency in the most common solar-cell material, Si, by using optical-pump/terahertz-probe spectroscopy. Through close analysis of time-resolved data, we extracted the exact number of photoexcited carriers from the sheet carrier density 10 ps after photoexcitation, excluding the influences of spatial diffusion and surface recombination in the time domain. For incident photon energies greater than 4.0 eV, we observed enhanced internal quantum efficiency due to carrier multiplication. The evaluated value of internal quantum efficiency agrees well with the results of photocurrent measurements. This optical method allows us to estimate the carrier multiplication and surface recombination of carriers quantitatively, which are crucial for the design of the solar cells.

  8. Design and analysis of optically pumped submillimeter waveguide maser amplifiers and oscillators

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    Galantowicz, T. A.

    1975-01-01

    The design and experimental measurements are described of an optically pumped far-infrared (FIR) waveguide maser; preliminary measurements on a FIR waveguide amplifier are presented. The FIR maser was found to operate satisfactorily in a chopped CW mode using either methanol (CH3OH) or acetonitrile (CH3CN) as the active molecule. Two other gases, difluoroethane and difluoroethylene, produced an unstable output with high threshold and low output power when operated in the chopped CW mode. Experimental measurements include FIR output versus cavity length, output beam pattern, output power versus pressure, and input power. The FIR output was the input to an amplifier which was constructed similar to the oscillator. An increase of 10% in output power was noted on the 118.8 microns line of methanol.

  9. Optically Pumped Nuclear Magnetic Resonance near Landau level filling ν = 1/3

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    Khandelwal, P.; Kuzma, N. N.; Barrett, S. E.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    1997-03-01

    Optical pumping enables the direct detection of the nuclear magnetic resonance signal of ^71Ga nuclei located in an electron doped GaAs quantum well.footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 1368 (1994) Using this technique, measurements of the Knight shift (K_S)footnote S. E. Barrett et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 5112 (1995) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T_1)footnote R. Tycko et al., Science 268, 1460 (1995) have been carried out in the Quantum Hall regimes. In this talk will present our recent measurements of KS and T1 near Landau level filling ν = 1/3, which were carried out in high magnetic fields (up to 12 Tesla) and at low temperatures (T < 1 Kelvin). We will compare these results to the data obtained near ν = 1 and ν = 2/3.

  10. New approach to image amplification based on an optically pumped multi-core optical fiber

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    Chavez-Pirson, Arturo; Hwang, Bor-Chyuan; Nguyen, Dan; Luo, Tao; Jiang, Shibin

    2006-08-01

    This paper describes a new approach to amplify optical images by using optically pumped doped cores in a multi-core optical fiber structure. This approach combines the high gain and high efficiency properties of cladding pumped optical amplifiers with the imaging properties of coherent fiber bundles. The individual cores correspond to the pixels in the image amplifier. We have demonstrated 3x3 arrays in an ytterbium-doped phosphate fiber energized by one multimode semiconductor diode. Each pixel is capable of high gain (> 20 dB), low noise, and large acceptance angle (>12 degrees). We expect our glass and preform fabrication method to scale to over 100 pixels. The amplified image can preserve coherence (phase and wavelength) - or scramble the coherence depending on the design of the cores. This image amplifier is an enabling technology for any type of imaging system that is photon-starved and requires a compact and low noise image amplifier.

  11. Optically pumped terahertz wave modulation in MoS2-Si heterostructure metasurface

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    Zheng, Wei; Fan, Fei; Chen, Meng; Chen, Sai; Chang, Sheng-Jiang

    2016-07-01

    An optically pumped terahertz (THz) modulator based on a MoS2-Si heterostructure metasurface are fabricated and investigated in this paper. The THz wave modulation in MoS2 metasurface has been demonstrated by THz time domain spectroscopy experiment and numerical simulation, which can reach over 90% under the continuous wave laser pumping of 4W/cm2 power density. Importantly, the catalysis of photocarrier generation in MoS2-Si heterostructure has been proved by the comparsion between the modulation depth of metasurface with and without MoS2 nanosheet under the same pumping power, and we found that the strcuture of metasurface and polariztion direction can also influence the photocarrier density in MoS2 metasurface. This novel THz modulator based on 2D material has a high effective modulation on THz waves under a low pumping power, which has a bright potential in THz applications.

  12. High-power, surface-emitting quantum cascade laser operating in a symmetric grating mode

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    Boyle, C.; Sigler, C.; Kirch, J. D.; Lindberg, D. F.; Earles, T.; Botez, D.; Mawst, L. J.

    2016-03-01

    Grating-coupled surface-emitting (GCSE) lasers generally operate with a double-lobed far-field beam pattern along the cavity-length direction, which is a result of lasing being favored in the antisymmetric grating mode. We experimentally demonstrate a GCSE quantum-cascade laser design allowing high-power, nearly single-lobed surface emission parallel to the longitudinal cavity. A 2nd-order Au-semiconductor distributed-feedback (DFB)/distributed-Bragg-reflector (DBR) grating is used for feedback and out-coupling. The DFB and DBR grating regions are 2.55 mm- and 1.28 mm-long, respectively, for a total grating length of 5.1 mm. The lasers are designed to operate in a symmetric (longitudinal) grating mode by causing resonant coupling of the guided optical mode to the antisymmetric surface-plasmon modes of the 2nd-order metal/semiconductor grating. Then, the antisymmetric modes are strongly absorbed by the metal in the grating, causing the symmetric mode to be favored to lase, which, in turn, produces a single-lobed beam over a range of grating duty-cycle values of 36%-41%. Simulations indicate that the symmetric mode is always favored to lase, independent of the random phase of reflections from the device's cleaved ends. Peak pulsed output powers of ˜0.4 W were measured with nearly single-lobe beam-pattern (in the longitudinal direction), single-spatial-mode operation near 4.75 μm wavelength. Far-field measurements confirm a diffraction-limited beam pattern, in agreement with simulations, for a source-to-detector separation of 2 m.

  13. Frequency tuning of polarization oscillations in spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Lindemann, Markus; Pusch, Tobias; Michalzik, Rainer; Gerhardt, Nils C.; Hofmann, Martin R.

    2016-04-01

    Controlling the coupled spin-photon dynamics in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) is an attractive opportunity to overcome the limitations of conventional, purely charge based semiconductor lasers. Such spin-controlled VCSELs (spin-VCSELs) offer several advantages, like reduced threshold, spin amplification and polarization control. Furthermore the coupling between carrier spin and light polarization bears the potential for ultrafast polarization dynamics. By injecting spin-polarized carriers, the complex polarization dynamics can be controlled and utilized for high-speed applications. Polarization oscillations as resonance oscillations of the coupled spin- photon system can be generated using pulsed spin injection, which can be much faster than the intensity dynamics in conventional devices. We already demonstrated that the oscillations can be switched in a controlled manner. These controllable polarization dynamics can be used for ultrafast polarization-based optical data communication. The polarization oscillation frequency and therefore the possible data transmission rate is assumed to be mainly determined by the birefringence-induced mode-splitting. This provides a direct tool to increase the polarization dynamics toward higher frequencies by adding a high amount of birefringence to the VCSEL structure. Using this technique, we could recently demonstrate experimentally a birefringence splitting of more than 250 GHz using mechanical strain. Here, we employ the well-known spin-flip model to investigate the tuning of the polarization oscillation frequency. The changing mechanical strain is represented by a linear birefringence sweep to values up to 80πGHz. The wide tuning range presented enables us to generate polarization oscillation frequencies exceeding the conventional intensity modulation frequency in the simulated device by far, mainly dependent on the birefringence in the cavity only.

  14. Route to polarization switching induced by optical injection in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

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    Sciamanna, M.; Panajotov, K.

    2006-02-01

    We perform a theoretical investigation of the polarization dynamics in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) subject to orthogonal optical injection, i.e., the injected field has a linear polarization (LP) orthogonal to that of the free-running VCSEL. In agreement with previous experiments [Z. G. Pan , Appl. Phys. Lett. 63, 2999 (1993)], an increase of the injection strength may lead to a polarization switching accompanied by an injection locking. We find that this route to polarization switching is typically accompanied by a cascade of bifurcations to wave-mixing dynamics and time-periodic and possibly chaotic regimes. A detailed mapping of the polarization dynamics in the plane of the injection parameters (detuning, injection strength) unveils a large richness of dynamical scenarios. Of particular interest is the existence of another injection-locked solution for which the two LP modes both lock to the master laser frequency, i.e., an elliptically polarized injection-locked (EPIL) steady state. Modern continuation techniques allow us to unveil an unfolding mechanism of the EPIL solution as the detuning varies and also to link the existence of the EPIL solution to a resonance condition between the master laser frequency and the free-running frequency of the normally depressed LP mode in the slave laser. We furthermore report an additional case of bistability, in which the EPIL solution may coexist with the second injection-locked solution (the one being locked to the master polarization). This case of bistability is a result of the interaction between optical injection and the two-polarization-mode characteristics of VCSEL devices.

  15. Surface emitting laser technology and its application to the space radiation environment

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    Carson, R.F.; Choquette, K.D.; Hou, Hong, Q.

    1997-09-01

    Present and future space-based applications such as sensors, low-weight and low-power data links for satellites, communication between electromagnetically-shielded modules, and short-distance cross-links within satellite constellations may benefit from the inclusion of small, low-power, and high-efficiency lasers such as the recently-developed Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL). Many factors influence the application of these devices to space. Temperature response, operational lifetime and reliability, and power consumption are all important considerations for space applications. In addition, the space radiation environments must be considered. In this work, the effects of ionizing radiation on VCSELs are studied with an emphasis on proton damage, and with comparisons to related neutron and gamma-induced phenomena. The influence of proton irradiation is studied in-depth for selected VCSEL structures by the use of an ion microbeam. The experiments indicate that VCSELs exhibit much less threshold current shift for a given radiation dose, compared to the more traditional edge-emitting semiconductor lasers, but that self-heating is a more important consideration for VCSELs. The high current densities associated with VCSELs also lead to a strong influence from forward-bias annealing. These effects are common to various VCSEL types (780 nm and 850 nm) and their magnitude at a given dose is strongly dependent on device size. This indicates that, while VCSELs appear to be very insensitive to ionizing radiation when compared with alternative technologies, there are a number of factors that must be taken into account when optimizing for the space environment.

  16. Measurement of air-refractive-index fluctuation from frequency change using a phase modulation homodyne interferometer and an external cavity laser diode

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    Ishige, Masashi; Aketagawa, Masato; Banh Quoc, Tuan; Hoshino, Yuta

    2009-08-01

    We present a method for air-refractive-index (nair) fluctuation measurement using a laser interferometer. The method is based on a combination of a phase modulation homodyne interferometer (PMHI), an external cavity laser diode (ECLD) and an ultralow thermal expansion material (ULTEM). The PMHI utilizes a Michelson interferometer which is constructed on the ULTEM plate under the condition of an air temperature fluctuation of less than 10 mK, so that the optical path change or the air-refractive-index fluctuation (Δnair) caused by the thermal disturbance can be neglected. Meanwhile, the ECLD is controlled by adjusting its frequency to track some of the dark fringes of the interferometer, so that Δnair can be derived from the ECLD frequency change. The uncertainty of the Δnair measurement in the experiment is of 10-8 order. However, it will be possible to decrease the uncertainty to 10-9 or less if the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the control system is improved.

  17. Infrared Scattering Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy Using An External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser For Nanoscale Chemical Imaging And Spectroscopy of Explosive Residues

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    Craig, Ian M.; Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Josberger, Erik E.; Raschke, Markus Bernd

    2013-02-04

    Infrared scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) is an apertureless superfocusing technique that uses the antenna properties of a conducting atomic force microscope (AFM) tip to achieve infrared spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. The instrument can be used either in imaging mode, where a fixed wavelength light source is tuned to a molecular resonance and the AFM raster scans an image, or in spectroscopy mode where the AFM is held stationary over a feature of interest and the light frequency is varied to obtain a spectrum. In either case, a strong, stable, coherent infrared source is required. Here we demonstrate the integration of a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) into an s-SNOM and use it to obtain infrared spectra of microcrystals of chemicals adsorbed onto gold substrates. Residues of the explosive compound tetryl was deposited onto gold substrates. s-SNOM experiments were performed in the 1260-1400 cm-1 tuning range of the ECQCL, corresponding to the NO2 symmetric stretch vibrational fingerprint region. Vibrational infrared spectra were collected on individual chemical domains with a collection area of *500nm2 and compared to ensemble averaged far-field reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) results.

  18. Infrared scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy using an external cavity quantum cascade laser for nanoscale chemical imaging and spectroscopy of explosive residues

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    Craig, Ian M.; Phillips, Mark C.; Taubman, Matthew S.; Josberger, Erik E.; Raschke, Markus B.

    2013-01-01

    Infrared scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) is an apertureless superfocusing technique that uses the antenna properties of a conducting atomic force microscope (AFM) tip to achieve infrared spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. The instrument can be used either in imaging mode, where a fixed wavelength light source is tuned to a molecular resonance and the AFM raster scans an image, or in spectroscopy mode where the AFM is held stationary over a feature of interest and the light frequency is varied to obtain a spectrum. In either case, a strong, stable, coherent infrared source is required. Here we demonstrate the integration of a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser (ECQCL) into an s-SNOM and use it to obtain infrared spectra of microcrystals of chemicals adsorbed onto gold substrates. Residues of the explosive compound tetryl was deposited onto gold substrates. s-SNOM experiments were performed in the 1260-1400cm-1 tuning range of the ECQCL, corresponding to the N02 symmetric stretch vibrational fingerprint region. Vibrational infrared spectra were collected on individual chemical domains with a collection area of ~500 nm2 and compared to ensemble averaged far-field reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) results.

  19. Sensitive detection of nitric oxide using a 5.26 μm external cavity quantum cascade laser based QEPAS sensor

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    Tittel, Frank K.; Dong, Lei; Lewicki, Rafal; Lee, George; Peralta, Adjani; Spagnolo, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    The development and performance of a continuous wave (CW), thermoelectrically cooled (TEC) external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) based sensor for quantitative measurements of nitric oxide (NO) concentrations in exhaled breath will be reported. Human breath contains ~ 400 different chemical species, usually at ultra low concentration levels, which can serve as biomarkers for the identification and monitoring of human diseases or wellness states. By monitoring exhaled NO concentration levels, a fast non-invasive diagnostic method for treatment of patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is feasible. The NO concentration measurements are performed with a 2f wavelength modulation based quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) technique, which is very suitable for real time breath measurements, due to the fast gas exchange inside a compact QEPAS gas cell (<5 mm3 typical volume). In order to target the optimal interference free NO R (6.5) absorption doublet at 1900.08 cm-1(λ~5.263 μm) a Daylight Solutions Inc. widely tunable, mode-hop free 100 mW EC-QCL was used. The sensor reference channel includes a 10 cm long reference cell, filled with a 0.5% NO in N2 at 150 Torr, which is used for line-locking purpose. A minimum detection limit (1σ) for the EC-QCL based line locked NO sensor is ~5 ppbv with a 1 sec update time by a custom built control QCL compatible electronics unit.

  20. Short-lived species detection of nitrous acid by external-cavity quantum cascade laser based quartz-enhanced photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy

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    Yi, Hongming; Maamary, Rabih; Gao, Xiaoming; Sigrist, Markus W.; Fertein, Eric; Chen, Weidong

    2015-03-01

    Spectroscopic detection of short-lived gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) at 1254.85 cm-1 was realized by off-beam coupled quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) in conjunction with an external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL). High sensitivity monitoring of HONO was performed within a very small gas-sample volume (of ˜40 mm3) allowing a significant reduction (of about 4 orders of magnitude) of air sampling residence time which is highly desired for accurate quantification of chemically reactive short-lived species. Calibration of the developed QEPAS-based HONO sensor was carried out by means of lab-generated HONO samples whose concentrations were determined by direct absorption spectroscopy involving a ˜109.5 m multipass cell and a distributed feedback QCL. A minimum detection limit (MDL) of 66 ppbv (1 σ) HONO was achieved at 70 mbar using a laser output power of 50 mW and 1 s integration time, which corresponded to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10-8 cm-1 W/Hz1/2. This MDL was down to 7 ppbv at the optimal integration time of 150 s. The corresponding 1σ minimum detected absorption coefficient is ˜1.1 × 10-7 cm-1 (MDL ˜ 3 ppbv) in 1 s and ˜1.1 × 10-8 cm-1 (MDL ˜ 330 pptv) in 150 s, respectively, with 1 W laser power.

  1. The design and performance characterization of a tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser utilizing thermo-optically tuned thin film filters

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    Ma, Eugene; Marshall, Chip; Kim, Jinhong; Sharp, Richard; Kuehl, Don

    2014-05-01

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) and Interband cascade lasers (ICLs) are promising new mid-IR sources for spectroscopic applications. Desirable characteristics include extremely high brightness, broad emission, very high resolution, compact size, and modest power consumption. For most spectroscopic applications, it is necessary to tune QCLs over a broad emission wavelength range. The conventional approach for broad tuning is to use an external cavity (EC) which incorporates a mechanically tuned diffraction grating within the laser cavity. In this paper we will describe an alternative approach to EC-QCL tuning which utilizes miniature, thermally tuned, MEMS fabricated filters, allowing for a very compact, simple, mechanically stable package with no moving parts. The system is well suited for discrete measurements at multiple wavelengths as needed by many of the industrial spectroscopic analyzers in use today. An accuracy of 0.02 cm-1 over the 50 cm-1 range of the test laser and a precision of 0.002 cm-1 over a 15 cm-1 scan has been demonstrated. High resolution mode hop free CW scanning of a 0.5 cm-1 range at a scan rate of 200 Hz with a wavelength precision of 0.002 cm-1 has also been demonstrated. This makes the design an attractive alternative to current Distributed feedback (DFB) QCLs for high resolution gas phase measurements due to the added advantage of broad tunability for the detection of multiple gases, and the capability to select multiple gas lines of different intensity to extend the dynamic range.

  2. 2.5-Gb/s hybridly-integrated tunable external cavity laser using a superluminescent diode and a polymer Bragg reflector.

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    Yoon, Ki-Hong; Oh, Su Hwan; Kim, Ki Soo; Kwon, O-Kyun; Oh, Dae Kon; Noh, Young-Ouk; Lee, Hyung-Jong

    2010-03-15

    We presented a hybridly-integrated tunable external cavity laser with 0.8 nm mode spacing 16 channels operating in the direct modulation of 2.5-Gbps for a low-cost source of a WDM-PON system. The tunable laser was fabricated by using a superluminescent diode (SLD) and a polymer Bragg reflector. The maximum output power and the power slope efficiency of the tunable laser were 10.3 mW and 0.132 mW/mA, respectively, at the SLD current of 100 mA and the temperature of 25 degrees C. The directly-modulated tunable laser successfully provided 2.5-Gbps transmissions through 20-km standard single mode fiber. The power penalty of the tunable laser was less than 0.8 dB for 16 channels after a 20-km transmission. The power penalty variation was less than 1.4 dB during the blue-shifted wavelength tuning. PMID:20389571

  3. Simultaneous frequency stabilization and high-power dense wavelength division multiplexing (HP-DWDM) using an external cavity based on volume Bragg gratings (VBGs)

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    Hengesbach, Stefan; Klein, Sarah; Holly, Carlo; Witte, Ulrich; Traub, Martin; Hoffmann, Dieter

    2016-03-01

    Multiplexing technologies enable the development of high-brightness diode lasers for direct industrial applications. We present a High-Power Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer (HP-DWDM) with an average channel spacing of 1.7 (1.5) nm and a subsequent external cavity mirror to provide feedback for frequency stabilization and multiplexing in one step. The "self-optimizing" multiplexing unit consists of four reflective Volume Bragg Gratings (VBGs) with 99% diffraction efficiency and seven dielectric mirrors to overlay the radiation of five input channels with an adjustable channel spacing of 1-2 nm. In detail, we focus on the analysis of the overall optical efficiency, the change of the beam parameter product and the spectral width. The performance is demonstrated using five 90 μm multimode 9xx single emitters with M2<=17. Because of the feedback the lateral (multimodal) spatial and angular intensity distribution changes strongly and the beam parameter product decreases by a factor of 1.2 to 1.9. Thereby the angular intensity distribution is more affected than the width of the beam waist. The spectral width per emitter decreases to 3-200 pm (FWHM) depending on the injection current and the reflectance of the feedback mirror (0.75%, 1.5%, 4%, 6% or 8%). The overall optical multiplexing efficiency ranges between 77% and 86%. With some modifications (e.g. enhanced AR-coatings) we expect 90-95%.

  4. Note: Development of a high resolution and wide band terahertz spectrometer based on a 1 μm-band external cavity diode laser.

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    Kitahara, K; Oto, K; Nakajima, M; Muro, K

    2013-12-01

    We have developed a frequency-domain terahertz spectrometer based on homebuilt 1 μm band external cavity diode lasers, for high resolution spectroscopy. Our spectrometer is digitally controlled to a resolution of 10 MHz, and uses InGaAs/GaAs photoconductive antennas. We have obtained a spectrum in the range 0.02 THz to 2.5 THz, which exceeds the conventional temperature tuning range of a distributed feedback diode laser. We achieved a signal-to-noise ratio of up to 80 dB at around 0.05 THz, and 20 dB at around 2.0 THz. We observed water vapor spectra in the atmosphere with a frequency step of 0.6 GHz in the region between 1.0 THz and 2.0 THz. We have demonstrated that our 1 μm-band frequency-domain terahertz spectrometer is competitive when compared with existing 800 nm- and 1.5 μm-band systems. PMID:24387478

  5. Theoretical investigation of a tunable external cavity diode laser based on a single cavity all-dielectric thin-film Fabry-Perot filter

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    Heng, Zhao; Xiao, Xiao; Bo, Li; Jin, Wang Wen; Yi, Hu; Youqin, Wang

    2016-07-01

    The single cavity all-dielectric thin film Fabry-Perot filter (s-AFPF) has been theoretically investigated in this paper as a means of tuning the wavelength in an external cavity diode laser (ECDL), and the means of limiting longitudinal mode hopping has been also theoretically investigated. When a TE or TM plane wave irradiates an s-AFPF, a quasi-linear relationship is found in a certain wavelength range between the optical intensity peak transmittance wavelength of s-AFPF and the cosine value of plane wave incident angle at s-AFPF. Based on this feature, we proposed and theoretically investigated an ECDL configuration based on an s-AFPF. By theoretical calculation, the actuator flat edge against the steel ball may be replaced by a bent edge to convert the mode-hop wavelength region into mode-hop-free wavelength region. The ECDL can be used in the application of environmental monitoring, atomic and molecular laser spectroscopy research, precise measurements, and so on.

  6. Traceable dual-frequency measurement of Zeeman split He-Ne lasers using an optical frequency comb locked external cavity diode laser

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    Wei, Haoyun; Wu, Xuejian; Zhou, Lei; Zhang, Jitao; Li, Yan

    2012-11-01

    A frequency measurement system for dual frequency He-Ne lasers is set up based on an external cavity diode laser locked to fiber femtosecond optical frequency comb using an Rb clock as a frequency standard. The frequencies of the Zeeman split orthogonal polarized lasers are measured by beating with the locked diode laser at the same time. Locking the diode laser to the 1 894 449th comb tooth, the absolute frequency of the diode laser is 473 612 190 000.0 (2.4) kHz, with a relative frequency uncertainty of 5.1×10-12. A commercial dual frequency He-Ne laser is measured to test the system, and the results show that the mean absolute frequencies of the horizontal polarized laser and the vertical polarized laser are 473 612 229 934 kHz and 473 612 232 111 kHz, respectively, with a relative Allan deviation of 5.2× 10-11 at 1 024 s, and the mean split frequency is 2.177 MHz with a standard deviation of 2 kHz.

  7. Hybrid K-Rb Spin Exchange Optical Pumping Cells for the Polarization of ^3He

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    Couture, Alex; Daniels, Tim; Arnold, Charles; Clegg, Tom

    2006-11-01

    We are transitioning from polarizing ^3He using optical pumping cells charged with pure Rb to using a mixture of Rb and K, lean in Rb. The reason for this is the spin exchange efficiency between K and ^3He is an order of magnitude greater than that of Rb and ^3He. Also the spin exchange cross section between Rb and K is very large, which leads to a very fast rate of polarization transfer from Rb to K. Thus by optically pumping using a standard 795 nm Rb laser on a hybrid K-Rb cell, we can obtain significant improvements in spin-up time as well as improvements in overall polarization.[1] We produce hybrid pumping cells at TUNL using a filling station consisting of an oven and a turbo pumping station to bake out and pump away any impurities in the cells. The alkali metals are introduced into the pumping cells from a Y-shaped manifold with a separate retort for each alkali. We are able to determine the ratio of K to Rb in the vapor using white light absorption spectroscopy. Light from a halogen light bulb is incident upon the heated cell and enters a spectrometer beyond. We examine the relative sizes of the D1 and D2 absorption lines for the two alkali metals. We will have data comparing hybrid cells to pure Rb cells, GE-180 cells to Pyrex, and are working to obtain comparative performance data for spectrally unnarrowed and narrowed lasers. Our latest results will be reported. [1] E. Babcock, et al. (2003) Phys. Rev. Letter Vol. 91, Num.12, 123003

  8. Spatio-temporal theory of lasing action in optically-pumped rotationally excited molecular gases.

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    Chua, Song-Liang; Caccamise, Christine A; Phillips, Dane J; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljacić, Marin; Everitt, Henry O; Bravo-Abad, Jorge

    2011-04-11

    We investigate laser emission from optically-pumped rotationally excited molecular gases confined in a metallic cavity. To this end, we have developed a theoretical framework able to accurately describe, both in the spatial and temporal domains, the molecular collisional and diffusion processes characterizing the operation of this class of lasers. The effect on the main lasing features of the spatial variation of the electric field intensity and the ohmic losses associated to each cavity mode are also included in our analysis. Our simulations show that, for the exemplary case of methyl fluoride gas confined in a cylindrical copper cavity, the region of maximum population inversion is located near the cavity walls. Based on this fact, our calculations show that the lowest lasing threshold intensity corresponds to the cavity mode that, while maximizing the spatial overlap between the corresponding population inversion and electric-field intensity distributions, simultaneously minimizes the absorption losses occurring at the cavity walls. The dependence of the lasing threshold intensity on both the gas pressure and the cavity radius is also analyzed and compared with experiment. We find that as the cavity size is varied, the interplay between the overall gain of the system and the corresponding ohmic losses allows for the existence of an optimal cavity radius which minimizes the intensity threshold for a large range of gas pressures. The theoretical analysis presented in this work expands the current understanding of lasing action in optically-pumped far-infrared lasers and, thus, could contribute to the development of a new class of compact far-infrared and terahertz sources able to operate efficiently at room temperature. PMID:21503059

  9. An optically pumped hydrogen iodide cascade laser operating in mid-infrared region

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    Ratanavis, Amarin

    2013-06-01

    In recent years, several activities have been toward optically pumped molecular gas lasers as mid-infrared coherent sources. These have been also motivated by the search of suitable laser media for Hollow-core Optical Fiber Gas Laser (HOFGLAS) and the novel beam combiner. To continue these challenge paths, an optically pumped Hydrogen Iodide (HI) laser is explored by using a comprehensive laser model. HI transitions in the communication band (1.5 μm) are attractive due to a potential mean to be excited by commercial available laser systems. Furthermore, its emission coverage in 5 micron region can be useful for many applications, for example, free-space communication and laser spectroscopy. In the laser model, 30 rotational states in each of the 8 vibrational states of HI are taken into account to allow molecular energy transfer processes such as rotational relaxation and vibrational relaxation. A HI laser under pulsed excitation on a second overtone transition with lasing cascade is possible. The complete lasing cascade originates from the terminal pumped state (vibrational state, V = 3) to the vibrational state, V = 2, from the vibrational state, V = 2 to the vibrational state, V = 1 and finally from the vibrational state, V = 1 to the vibrational ground state. For the full lasing cascade, the laser efficiencies can be approached to 70%. In addition, the lasing behavior of the gas pressure related to the molecular relaxation rates and pressure broadening effects is also investigated. Owing to exceptional frequency tuning properties, the laser output can be manipulated to desired frequencies.

  10. Effect of pump wave reflections on the excitation of a dual-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Morozov, M. Yu.; Morozov, Yu. A. Popov, V. V.

    2009-03-15

    The effect of pump wave reflections on the carrier generation rate and uniformity of carrier population in quantum wells (QWs) of a dual-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser has been numerically analyzed. The laser's active region has been described within a mathematical model allowing any number of QWs and arbitrary distribution of carrier generation rate. It is shown that the optimal arrangement of blocking layers in the active region of a dual-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser allows one to obtain a very uniform QW population. It is established that pump wave reflections significantly affect the local carrier generation rate and, therefore, the distribution of excited carriers in the laser structure.

  11. Single-mode vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers for {sup 87}Rb-based chip-scale atomic clock

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    Derebezov, I. A. Haisler, V. A.; Bakarov, A. K.; Kalagin, A. K.; Toropov, A. I.; Kachanova, M. M.; Gavrilova, T. A.; Semenova, O. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Entin, V. M.; Ryabtsev, I. I.

    2010-11-15

    The results of numerical simulation and study of lasing characteristics of semiconductor verticalcavity surface-emitting lasers based on Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As alloys are presented. Lasers exhibit stable single-mode lasing at a wavelength of 795 nm at low operating currents {approx}1.5 mA and an output power of 350 {mu}W, which offers prospects of their applications in next-generation chip-scale atomic clocks

  12. Optical Injection Locking of Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers: Digital and Analog Applications

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    Parekh, Devang

    With the rise of mobile (cellphones, tablets, notebooks, etc.) and broadband wireline communications (Fiber to the Home), there are increasing demands being placed on transmitters for moving data from device to device and around the world. Digital and analog fiber-optic communications have been the key technology to meet this challenge, ushering in ubiquitous Internet and cable TV over the past 20 years. At the physical layer, high-volume low-cost manufacturing of semiconductor optoelectronic devices has played an integral role in allowing for deployment of high-speed communication links. In particular, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL) have revolutionized short reach communications and are poised to enter more markets due to their low cost, small size, and performance. However, VCSELs have disadvantages such as limited modulation performance and large frequency chirp which limits fiber transmission speed and distance, key parameters for many fiber-optic communication systems. Optical injection locking is one method to overcome these limitations without re-engineering the VCSEL at the device level. By locking the frequency and phase of the VCSEL by the direct injection of light from another laser oscillator, improved device performance is achieved in a post-fabrication method. In this dissertation, optical injection locking of VCSELs is investigated from an applications perspective. Optical injection locking of VCSELs can be used as a pathway to reduce complexity, cost, and size of both digital and analog fiber-optic communications. On the digital front, reduction of frequency chirp via bit pattern inversion for large-signal modulation is experimentally demonstrated showing up to 10 times reduction in frequency chirp and over 90 times increase in fiber transmission distance. Based on these results, a new reflection-based interferometric model for optical injection locking was established to explain this phenomenon. On the analog side, the resonance

  13. Towards monolithic integration of mode-locked vertical cavity surface emitting laser

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    Aldaz, Rafael I.

    2007-12-01

    The speed and performance of today's high end computing and communications systems have placed difficult but still feasible demands on off-chip electrical interconnects. However, future interconnect systems may need aggregate bandwidths well into the terahertz range thereby making electrical bandwidth, density, and power targets impossible to meet. Optical interconnects, and specifically compact semiconductor mode-locked lasers, could alleviate this problem by providing short pulses in time at 10s of GHz repetition rates for Optical Time Division Multiplexing (OTDM) and clock distribution applications. Furthermore, the characteristic spectral comb of frequencies of these lasers could also serve as a multi-wavelength source for Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) applications. A fully integrated mode-locked Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) is proposed as a low-cost high-speed source for these applications. The fundamental laser platform for such a device has been developed and a continuous-wave version of these lasers has been fabricated and demonstrated excellent results. Output powers close to 60mW have been obtained with very high beam quality factor of M2 < 1.07. The mode-locked laser utilizes a passive mode-locking region provided by a semiconductor saturable absorber integrated together with the gain region. Such an aggressive integration forces the resonant beam in the cavity to have the same area on the gain and absorber sections, placing high demands on the saturation fluence and absorption coefficient for the saturable absorber. Quantum Wells (QWs), excitons in QWs and Quantum Dots (QDs) have been investigated as possible saturable absorbers for the proposed device. QDs have been found to have the lowest saturation fluence and total absorption, necessary to meet the mode-locking requirements for this configuration. The need to further understand QDs as saturable absorbers has led to the development of a theoretical model on the dynamics of

  14. Continuous wave external-cavity quantum cascade laser-based high-resolution cavity ring-down spectrometer for ultrasensitive trace gas detection.

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    De, Anulekha; Banik, Gourab Dutta; Maity, Abhijit; Pal, Mithun; Pradhan, Manik

    2016-05-01

    A high-resolution cavity ring-down spectroscopic (CRDS) system based on a continuous wave (cw) mode-hop-free (MHF) external-cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL) operating at λ∼5.2  μm has been developed for ultrasensitive detection of nitric oxide (NO). We report the performance of the high-resolution EC-QCL based cw-CRDS instrument by measuring the rotationally resolved Λ-doublet e and f components of the P(7.5) line in the fundamental band of NO at 1850.169  cm-1 and 1850.179  cm-1. A noise-equivalent absorption coefficient of 1.01×10-9  cm-1  Hz-1/2 was achieved based on an empty cavity ring-down time of τ0=5.6  μs and standard deviation of 0.11% with averaging of six ring-down time determinations. The CRDS sensor demonstrates the advantages of measuring parts per billion NO concentrations in N2, as well as in human breath samples with ultrahigh sensitivity and specificity. The CRDS system could also be generalized to measure simultaneously many other trace molecular species within the broad tuning range of cw EC-QCL, as well as for studying the rotationally resolved hyperfine structures. PMID:27128046

  15. Short-lived species detection of nitrous acid by external-cavity quantum cascade laser based quartz-enhanced photoacoustic absorption spectroscopy

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    Yi, Hongming; Maamary, Rabih; Fertein, Eric; Chen, Weidong; Gao, Xiaoming; Sigrist, Markus W.

    2015-03-09

    Spectroscopic detection of short-lived gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) at 1254.85 cm{sup −1} was realized by off-beam coupled quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) in conjunction with an external cavity quantum cascade lasers (EC-QCL). High sensitivity monitoring of HONO was performed within a very small gas-sample volume (of ∼40 mm{sup 3}) allowing a significant reduction (of about 4 orders of magnitude) of air sampling residence time which is highly desired for accurate quantification of chemically reactive short-lived species. Calibration of the developed QEPAS-based HONO sensor was carried out by means of lab-generated HONO samples whose concentrations were determined by direct absorption spectroscopy involving a ∼109.5 m multipass cell and a distributed feedback QCL. A minimum detection limit (MDL) of 66 ppbv (1 σ) HONO was achieved at 70 mbar using a laser output power of 50 mW and 1 s integration time, which corresponded to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 3.6 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1} W/Hz{sup 1/2}. This MDL was down to 7 ppbv at the optimal integration time of 150 s. The corresponding 1σ minimum detected absorption coefficient is ∼1.1 × 10{sup −7 }cm{sup −1} (MDL ∼ 3 ppbv) in 1 s and ∼1.1 × 10{sup −8 }cm{sup −1} (MDL ∼ 330 pptv) in 150 s, respectively, with 1 W laser power.

  16. High peak-power picosecond pulse generation at 1.26 µm using a quantum-dot-based external-cavity mode-locked laser and tapered optical amplifier.

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    Ding, Y; Aviles-Espinosa, R; Cataluna, M A; Nikitichev, D; Ruiz, M; Tran, M; Robert, Y; Kapsalis, A; Simos, H; Mesaritakis, C; Xu, T; Bardella, P; Rossetti, M; Krestnikov, I; Livshits, D; Montrosset, Ivo; Syvridis, D; Krakowski, M; Loza-Alvarez, P; Rafailov, E

    2012-06-18

    In this paper, we present the generation of high peak-power picosecond optical pulses in the 1.26 μm spectral band from a repetition-rate-tunable quantum-dot external-cavity passively mode-locked laser (QD-ECMLL), amplified by a tapered quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifier (QD-SOA). The laser emission wavelength was controlled through a chirped volume Bragg grating which was used as an external cavity output coupler. An average power of 208.2 mW, pulse energy of 321 pJ, and peak power of 30.3 W were achieved. Preliminary nonlinear imaging investigations indicate that this system is promising as a high peak-power pulsed light source for nonlinear bio-imaging applications across the 1.0 μm - 1.3 μm spectral range. PMID:22714493

  17. A Optically Pumped Polarized Lithium Ion Source and AN Investigation of CARBON-12

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    Mendez, Anthony James, II

    A source of vector and tensor polarized ^{6,7}Li ions has been constructed and tested. The ion source uses laser optical pumping of an atomic beam of lithium, followed by adiabatic radiofrequency transitions, selectively populating a single magnetic substate of the neutral atom. The atomic beam is formed by vaporizing lithium metal in an oven and extracting the beam through a heated nozzle/collimator assembly. The atomic beam is irradiated transversely in a weak holding magnetic field by electro-optically modulated, circularly polarized light of wavelength 670.8 nm, obtained from a ring dye laser pumped by an Ar^+ laser. Optical pumping produces a nearly pure m_{F } = F population distribution. Adiabatic rf transitions can then be used to transfer the population to any of the other desired magnetic substates. The polarized atomic beam is ionized positively on an electrically heated tungsten strip and charge exchanged to Li^ - in a cesium vapor. A Wien filter is used to produce the desired spin axis orientation, and then the beam is injected into a tandem Van de Graaff-superconducting linac for acceleration up to 9 MeV/nucleon. A helium gas polarimeter has been calibrated for use in rapid on-line monitoring of the polarization on target. Cross section angular distributions and a complete set of analyzing powers T_{kq}( theta) for the ^{12} C(^6vec{rm Li} , alpha)^{14 }N reaction have been measured at 33 MeV. Full finite range DWBA calculations have been performed to analyze the data for states up to E_{x} = 9.70 MeV in ^{14}N. Nilsson model wavefunctions for the ^{14} N states were used to calculate deuteron cluster transfer spectroscopic amplitudes. Although the calculations did not produce a satisfactory description of the entire data set, they showed clear evidence of L-mixing effects and a sensitivity to the ^6Li D state. The deduced D state-S state ratio in ^6 Li is in agreement with earlier work, and the uncertainty as to the relative sign of the ^6Li = alpha

  18. New studies of optical pumping, spin resonances, and spin exchange in mixtures of inert gases and alkali-metal vapors

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    Jau, Yuan-Yu

    In this thesis, we present new studies of alkali-hyperfine resonances, new optical pumping of alkali-metal atoms, and the new measurements of binary spin-exchange cross-section between alkali-metal atoms and xenon atoms. We report a large light narrowing effect of the hyperfine end-resonance signals, which was predicted from our theory and observed in our experiments. By increasing the intensity of the circularly polarized pumping beam, alkali-metal atoms are optically pumped into a state of static polarization, and trapped into the hyperfine end-state. Spin exchange between alkali-metal atoms has minimal effect on the end-resonance of the highly spin-polarized atoms. This new result will possibly benefit the design of atomic clocks and magnetometer. We also studied the pressure dependence of the atomic-clock resonance linewidth and pointed out that the linewidth was overestimated by people in the community of atomic clock. Next, we present a series study of coherent population trapping (CPT), which is a promising technique with the same or better performance compared to the traditional microwave spectroscopy. For miniature atomic clocks, CPT method is thought to be particularly advantages. From our studies, we invented a new optical-pumping method, push-pull optical pumping, which can pump atoms into nearly pure 0-0 superposition state, the superposition state of the two ground-state hyperfine sublevels with azimuthal quantum number m = 0. We believe this new invention will bring a big advantage to CPT frequency standards, the quantum state preparation for cold atoms or hot vapor, etc. We also investigated the pressure dependence of CPT excitation and the line shape of the CPT resonance theoretically and experimentally. These two properties are important for CPT applications. A theoretical study of "photon cost" of optical pumping is also presented. Finally, we switch our attention to the problem of spin exchange between alkali-metal atoms and xenon gas. This

  19. Long-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with selectively etched thin apertures

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    Feezell, Daniel F.

    Long-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) emitting in the 1300--1600nm wavelength window are attractive light sources for short to mid-range optical fiber communications. These devices target low-loss and low-dispersion minima in standard optical fibers and are expected to provide a low-cost alternative to the existing edge-emitting infrastructure. With low-power consumption, on wafer testing; simple packaging, and high fiber-coupling efficiency, VCSELs are ideal transmitters for CWDM, metro, local area, and storage area networks. Recently, much attention has been devoted to a rich variety of approaches to long-wavelength VCSELs. One underlying problem, however, has been the need to match a reliable high-gain active region with high-index-contrast distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) over the full 1300--1600nm wavelength range. One solution to this problem is to utilize well-established InAlGaAs active-region technology coupled with AlGaAsSb DBRs. This combination facilitates monolithic all-epitaxial InP-based devices spanning the entire 1300--1600nm wavelength range. Previously, Dr. Shigeru Nakagawa and Dr. Eric Hall have demonstrated long-wavelength VCSELs with Sb-based technology operating at 1550nm. This dissertation demonstrates the first high-performance InP-based VCSELs with Sb-based DBRs operating at 1310nm, thus solidifying Sb-based technology as a wavelength flexible platform for long-wavelength devices. Also developed is a novel and efficient tunnel-junction aperturing technology for generating extremely low-loss optical and electrical confinement. Lastly, it is shown that the benefits from such an aperturing scheme produce marked improvements in device operation versus previously demonstrated Sb-based VCSELs. The devices from this research generated over 1.6mW single-mode continuous-wave (CW) output power at room temperature (>2mW multi-mode), displayed threshold currents down to 1mA, and operated CW up to 90°C. Furthermore, world

  20. Low-threshold terahertz molecular laser optically pumped by a quantum cascade laser

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    Pagies, A.; Ducournau, G.; Lampin, J.-F.

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate a low-threshold, compact, room temperature, and continuous-wave terahertz molecular laser optically pumped by a mid-infrared quantum cascade laser. These characteristics are obtained, thanks to large dipole transitions of the active medium: NH3 (ammonia) in gas state. The low-power (<60 mW) laser pumping excites the molecules, thanks to intense mid-infrared transitions around 10.3 μm. The molecules de-excite by stimulated emission on pure inversion "umbrella-mode" quantum transitions allowed by the tunnel effect. The tunability of the quantum cascade laser gives access to several pure inversion transitions with different rotation states: we demonstrate the continuous-wave generation of ten laser lines around 1 THz. At 1.07 THz, we measure a power of 34 μW with a very low-threshold of 2 mW and a high differential efficiency of 0.82 mW/W. The spectrum was measured showing that the linewidth is lower than 1 MHz. To our knowledge, this is the first THz molecular laser pumped by a solid-state source and this result opens the way for compact, simple, and efficient THz source at room temperature for imaging applications.