Abstract

Characteristics of intensity noise of optically pumped vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and solid-state lasers, induced by the beating of the main lasing mode and non-lasing side modes and its reduction, have been reported in recent years. The mode beating noise of an external cavity diode laser composed of an electrically pumped edge-emitting laser diode chip is studied experimentally in this Letter. The noises due to the beating of the main mode with the first- to third-order side modes are observed, and multiple sub-peaks in the beating noise are measured. It is assumed that the new phenomena are coming from the enhanced four-wave mixing in the longer-active medium. Intensity noise reduction is also demonstrated by using the second harmonic generation of a beta barium borate crystal as a nonlinear absorber.

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