Abstract

We describe a simple electro-optically activated external-cavity diode laser designed to provide high-speed, high-coherence tuning over gigahertz frequency ranges. Tuning as fast as 23 GHz/µs is demonstrated. Coherence measurements indicate transform-limited quiescent laser linewidth in observation windows as wide as 100 µs and transform-limited chirps. A self-heterodyne, cross-correlation-based coherence diagnostic is developed for characterizing phase coherence during high-speed chirps.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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