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Authors: R. Todt , T. Jacke , M.C. Amann, R. Laroy, G. Morthier, R. Baets
Title: Demonstration of Vernier effect tuning in tunable twin-guide laser diodes
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 4/2005
Journal/Conference/Book: IEE Proceedings-Optoelectronics
Volume(Issue): 152(2) p.66-71
Internal Reference: [N-362]
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Abstract

Device and tuning characteristics of superstructure grating tunable twin-guide (SSG-TTG) laser diodes are presented. The devices are based on the distributed feedback (DFB) TTG laser, but comprise sampled or superstructure gratings in order to utilise Vernier effect tuning to extend the tuning range to potentially several tens of nanometres. In contrast to most other existing monolithic widely tunable semiconductor lasers, this device requires only two tuning currents. The first tuning characteristics show distinct regions of high SMSR where continuous wavelength tuning can be carried out. These regions of high SMSR are spaced in agreement with theoretical predictions that are based on the superstructure grating design. Hence, our observations clearly demonstrate Vernier effect tuning for the first time in a TTG-type laser diode.

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