22 June 1989 Compound-Cavity Lasers For Medium Range Lidar Applications
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Proceedings Volume 1043, Laser Diode Technology and Applications; (1989) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976377
Event: OE/LASE '89, 1989, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
Coupled-cavity tunable-single-frequency diode lasers are used in conjunction with an electronically tunable external cavity to increase the range of a coherent lidar system. Three-terminal DFB lasers and cleaved-coupled-cavity lasers are used which allow continuous wavelength tuning over a range greater than 2A by direct modulation of the injection current. This tuning range results in a distance resolution of less than a centimeter, without signal averaging or other enhancement techniques. By using an electrooptic waveguide phase modulator in the external cavity we have maintained a narrowed laser linewidth while simultaneously tuning the solitary laser. We have achieved a coherence length of 50 meters, a tuning range of 40 GHz, and a simultaneous tuning range-coherence length product of 750 GHz-m.
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D. A. Cohen, Z. M. Chuang, E. M. Strzelecki, L. A. Coldren, K. Y. Liou, and C. A. Burrus "Compound-Cavity Lasers For Medium Range Lidar Applications", Proc. SPIE 1043, Laser Diode Technology and Applications, (22 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.976377; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976377
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