Abstract

The experiment observation of self-mixing interference in distributed feedback (DFB) laser has been illuminated in this paper. The influences on self-mixing interference have been discussed in both simulation and experiment through changing the conditions of external cavity. The experiment results show a good agreement with the simulation results, and validate the feasibility of DFB lasers for self-mixing interference application. Combining the self-mixing interference technique and DFB laser, we can obtain the compact structure and high-accuracy self-mixing interference sensors.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
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2005 (1)

2004 (2)

M. Wang, G. Lai, "Self-mixing microscopic interferometer for the measurement of microprofile," Opt. Commun. 238, 237-244 (2004).
[CrossRef]

H. Huan, M. Wang, "Self-mixing interference effect of DFB semiconductor lasers," Appl. Phy. B 79, pp.325-330 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

A. Hsu, J. Seurin, S. L. Chuang, K. D. Choquette, "Optical feedback in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 1643-1649 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1996 (2)

X. Jia, W. Qi, G. Zhang, "Optical-feedback-technique controlled by microcomputer for Nd: YAG laser medical equipment," Guangxue Jishu: Optical Technique 6, 23-27 (1996).

J. T. Kringlebotn, W. H. Loh and R. I. Laming, "Polarimetric Er3+-doped fiber distributed-feedback laser sensor for differential pressure and force measurements," Opt. Lett. 21, 1869-1871 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1991 (1)

L. A. Wang, Y. H. Lo, M. Z. Iqbal,  et al., "Low-threshold four-wavelength DFB laser array for multigigabit/s high-density WDM systems applications," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 965-968 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

H. Sundaresan, S. Kwan, A. Lord,  et al., "Highly reproducible ridge waveguide multielectrode DFB lasers for optical communication systems," Electron. Lett. 26, 1876-1877, (1990).
[CrossRef]

1987 (1)

F. Favre, "Theoretical analysis of external optical feedback on DFB semiconductor lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 23, 81-88 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Choquette, K. D.

A. Hsu, J. Seurin, S. L. Chuang, K. D. Choquette, "Optical feedback in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 1643-1649 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Chuang, S. L.

A. Hsu, J. Seurin, S. L. Chuang, K. D. Choquette, "Optical feedback in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 1643-1649 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Favre, F.

F. Favre, "Theoretical analysis of external optical feedback on DFB semiconductor lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 23, 81-88 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Hsu, A.

A. Hsu, J. Seurin, S. L. Chuang, K. D. Choquette, "Optical feedback in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 1643-1649 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Huan, H.

H. Huan, M. Wang, "Self-mixing interference effect of DFB semiconductor lasers," Appl. Phy. B 79, pp.325-330 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Iqbal, M. Z.

L. A. Wang, Y. H. Lo, M. Z. Iqbal,  et al., "Low-threshold four-wavelength DFB laser array for multigigabit/s high-density WDM systems applications," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 965-968 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Jia, X.

X. Jia, W. Qi, G. Zhang, "Optical-feedback-technique controlled by microcomputer for Nd: YAG laser medical equipment," Guangxue Jishu: Optical Technique 6, 23-27 (1996).

Kringlebotn, J. T.

Kwan, S.

H. Sundaresan, S. Kwan, A. Lord,  et al., "Highly reproducible ridge waveguide multielectrode DFB lasers for optical communication systems," Electron. Lett. 26, 1876-1877, (1990).
[CrossRef]

Lai, G.

M. Wang, G. Lai, "Self-mixing microscopic interferometer for the measurement of microprofile," Opt. Commun. 238, 237-244 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Laming, R. I.

Lo, Y. H.

L. A. Wang, Y. H. Lo, M. Z. Iqbal,  et al., "Low-threshold four-wavelength DFB laser array for multigigabit/s high-density WDM systems applications," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 965-968 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Loh, W. H.

Lord, A.

H. Sundaresan, S. Kwan, A. Lord,  et al., "Highly reproducible ridge waveguide multielectrode DFB lasers for optical communication systems," Electron. Lett. 26, 1876-1877, (1990).
[CrossRef]

Qi, W.

X. Jia, W. Qi, G. Zhang, "Optical-feedback-technique controlled by microcomputer for Nd: YAG laser medical equipment," Guangxue Jishu: Optical Technique 6, 23-27 (1996).

Seurin, J.

A. Hsu, J. Seurin, S. L. Chuang, K. D. Choquette, "Optical feedback in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 1643-1649 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Sundaresan, H.

H. Sundaresan, S. Kwan, A. Lord,  et al., "Highly reproducible ridge waveguide multielectrode DFB lasers for optical communication systems," Electron. Lett. 26, 1876-1877, (1990).
[CrossRef]

Wang, L. A.

L. A. Wang, Y. H. Lo, M. Z. Iqbal,  et al., "Low-threshold four-wavelength DFB laser array for multigigabit/s high-density WDM systems applications," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 965-968 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Wang, M.

J. Zhou, M. Wang, "Effects of self-mixing interference on gain-coupled distributed-feedback lasers," Opt. Express 13, 1848-1854 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Huan, M. Wang, "Self-mixing interference effect of DFB semiconductor lasers," Appl. Phy. B 79, pp.325-330 (2004).
[CrossRef]

M. Wang, G. Lai, "Self-mixing microscopic interferometer for the measurement of microprofile," Opt. Commun. 238, 237-244 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, G.

X. Jia, W. Qi, G. Zhang, "Optical-feedback-technique controlled by microcomputer for Nd: YAG laser medical equipment," Guangxue Jishu: Optical Technique 6, 23-27 (1996).

Zhou, J.

Appl. Phy. B (1)

H. Huan, M. Wang, "Self-mixing interference effect of DFB semiconductor lasers," Appl. Phy. B 79, pp.325-330 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

H. Sundaresan, S. Kwan, A. Lord,  et al., "Highly reproducible ridge waveguide multielectrode DFB lasers for optical communication systems," Electron. Lett. 26, 1876-1877, (1990).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

F. Favre, "Theoretical analysis of external optical feedback on DFB semiconductor lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 23, 81-88 (1987).
[CrossRef]

A. Hsu, J. Seurin, S. L. Chuang, K. D. Choquette, "Optical feedback in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 37, 1643-1649 (2001).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

L. A. Wang, Y. H. Lo, M. Z. Iqbal,  et al., "Low-threshold four-wavelength DFB laser array for multigigabit/s high-density WDM systems applications," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 3, 965-968 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

M. Wang, G. Lai, "Self-mixing microscopic interferometer for the measurement of microprofile," Opt. Commun. 238, 237-244 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Optical Technique (1)

X. Jia, W. Qi, G. Zhang, "Optical-feedback-technique controlled by microcomputer for Nd: YAG laser medical equipment," Guangxue Jishu: Optical Technique 6, 23-27 (1996).

Other (1)

J. W. Choi, M. J. Yu, M. Kopica, "Photoacoustic laser Doppler velocimetry using the self-mixing effect of CO2 laser," P SOC Photo-Opt. 5240 230-234, (2004).

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Figures (8)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

The theoretical illustration for the self-mixing interference of DFB laser

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Simulation results for amplitude of external cavity L ext modulated by sinusoidal signal. Traces 1 and 2 denote the output signal (the modulation amplitude in trace 2 is stronger than that in trace 1), and trace 3 denotes the sinusoidal modulation signal.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Simulation results of output signal versus different reflectivity r ext. Traces 1, 2 and 3 show the simulated output signal when r ext=0.1, 0.2, 0.3 respectively.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Simulation results versus different feedback level X. Traces 1, 2 and 3 show the simulated output signal when X=0.085, 0.86, 2.6 respectively.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Experiment system of self-mixing interference in DFB laser.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Experiment results versus different amplitude of Lext modulated by sinusoidal signal. Traces 1, 2 and 3 denote the output signal with the modulating voltage amplitude of 20V, 30V and 40V respectively, and trace 4 denotes the sinusoidal modulation signal.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Experiment results versus different reflectivity r ext of external reflector. Traces 1, 2 and 3 show the output signal when r ext=0.27, 0.35, 0.46 respectively.

Fig. 8.
Fig. 8.

Experiment results versus different feedback level. Traces 1, 2 show the detected output signal without and with incline, and trace 3 shows the detected output signal with branches.

Equations (3)

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Δ ω τ ext = 2 n ( 1 + α m 2 ) 1 2 C r · r ext L ext L sin [ ω τ ext arg ( C r ) arg ( r ext ) a tan ( α m ) ]
Δ G = 2 c n L C r · r ext cos [ ω τ ext arg ( C r ) arg ( r ext ) ]
X = 2 n ( 1 + α m 2 ) 1 2 C r · r ext L ext L

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