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Widely tunable external cavity diode laser using a MEMS electrostatic rotary actuator

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Berger, J.D. ; Iolon Inc., San Jose, CA, USA ; Zhang, Y. ; Grade, J.D. ; Lee, H.
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Widely tunable semiconductor lasers are useful in DWDM applications such as wavelength conversion, optical network routing and multi-wavelength sparing. Tunable external cavity diode lasers (ECL) with wide continuous tuning ranges, high output power, narrow linewidth, and excellent wavelength accuracy and side mode suppression have been widely used in test equipment, but the size and cost of the large optomechanical assemblies have generally precluded their use in telecommunications. We describe a high power, widely tunable micro-external cavity InGaAs/InP diode laser with a MEMS electrostatic actuator that matches the performance of conventional ECLs, in a low cost, 5 mm/spl times/5 mm form factor.

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Advanced Semiconductor Lasers and Applications/Ultraviolet and Blue Lasers and Their Applications/Ultralong Haul DWDM Transmission and Networking/WDM Components, 2001. Digest of the LEOS Summer Topica

Date of Conference:

July 30 2001-Aug. 1 2001