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Frequency-locking of a 1.3 mu m DFB laser using a miniature argon glow lamp

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1 Author(s)
Chung, Y.C. ; AT&T Bell Lab., Holmdel, NJ, USA

The frequency of an InGaAsP distributed-feedback (DFB) laser was locked to the 2p/sub 10/-3d/sub 5/ transition of argon atoms at 1.2960 mu m using the optogalvanic signal obtained from a commercial miniature glow lamp. At a discharge current of 500 mu A, the signal-to-noise ratio of the optogalvanic signal corresponding to the Ar transition was about 18 dB. The peak-to-peak width of the first derivative signal was 650 MHz. The slope of the signal was 0.32 mu V/MHz near the center of the transition. By using the linear portion of the first-derivative signal, the laser frequency was locked to the Ar 2p/sub 10/-3d/sub 5/ transition. The peak-to-peak frequency fluctuations in the free-running condition were estimated to be 650 MHz, which is mainly due to laser temperature fluctuations. When the servo-loop was closed, the frequency stability was improved to better than 13 MHz.<>

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 6 )