1. Long-to-short wavelength swept source

    Long-to-short wavelength swept source

    Most swept external cavity diode lasers tune in the short-to-long wavelength direction (red tuning). Lower relative intensity noise (RIN) and higher output power are typically possible in this direction. We show here that long-to-short tuning (blue tuning) is possible for a short, linear cavity laser that has both low noise and high power. This mode of operation is made possible by nonlinear frequency broadening in the semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) followed by clipping of the red portion of the spectrum by the micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) tunable Fabry-Perot filter. Blue shifting during gain recovery is an important broadening mechanism. There is ...

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