Abstract

We present a novel scheme of tunable semiconductor laser based on the use of a chirped grating in an external cavity. The chirped grating is fabricated using a simple holographic technique: two Gaussian beams having wavefronts with different radii of curvature are brought to interfere on a photoresist layer. The tuning properties of chirped gratings have been investigated with semiconductor lasers operated with an external cavity. With this type of grating positioned in Littrow configuration, the wavelength selection can be done by translating the grating without any need to rotate it. This cavity configuration provides a tunable output beam with an angle of propagation that is independent of the wavelength. The translation of chirped gratings was shown to tune a visible diode laser and an infrared diode laser over the same spectral band as the conventional tuning scheme where an unchirped grating is rotated.

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