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Frequency noise reduction of visible InGaAlP laser diodes by different optical feedback methods

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The emission spectra of several commercial InGaAlP laser diodes operating in the visible range were investigated. Strong relaxation sidebands at frequency spacings up to 2 GHz were observed in the field spectra. By using optical feedback from an external high-finesse resonator, the laser line-width was reduced from a few hundred megahertz to less than one megahertz. However, only a small part of the laser power was found within the narrow bandwidth, whereas most of the power finds itself in relaxation sidebands a few gigahertz apart from the carrier. The frequency noise reduction was investigated by using an external cavity configuration. With a short cavity length the relaxation oscillation sidebands were completely suppressed, and the laser linewidth was reduced to a few megahertz. Additional strong reduction in the laser linewidth to roughly 50 kHz was obtained using a combination of the external cavity laser with optical feedback from an external high-finesse resonator

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:29 ,  Issue: 3 )