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12 January 2004 High-power and single-frequency quantum cascade lasers for gas sensing
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The quantum cascade laser is an unipolar semiconductor laser source emitting in the mid-infrared range between 3.5 and 25 μm. During the past ten years after their invention, this technology has reached the level of maturity required for commercialization, and QC lasers have thus become very attractive for a large number of applications, including gas sensing, pollution detection, atmospheric chemistry, detection of compounds, non-invasive medical diagnostics, free-space optical data transmission or even LIDAR. Most common requirements are single-mode operation on thermoelectric cooler, high power and/or continuous-wave. Nowadays several high-power single-mode QC lasers are available at Alpes Lasers in the range from 4.3 to 16.5 μm, with a side-mode suppression ratio larger than 30 dB. We present here a specific high-average power Fabry-Perot quantum cascade laser and a distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser operating near 8 μm.
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Stephane Blaser, Yargo Bonetti, Lubos Hvozdara, Antoine Muller, Marcella Giovannini, Nicolas Hoyler, Mattias Beck, and Jerome Faist "High-power and single-frequency quantum cascade lasers for gas sensing", Proc. SPIE 5240, Laser Radar Technology for Remote Sensing, (12 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.511151;

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