Enhanced wavelength tuning of a distributed-feedback InGaAsP diode laser is demonstrated by use of rapid temperature cycling. The laser-active region is cycled from to (scanning the output from 1399 to 1403 nm) at kilohertz rates by pulsed heating with an auxiliary 532-nm laser. Such 4-nm scans represent a ten-fold increase in the wavelength-scanning range offered by standard current-tuning techniques and thus extend the capabilities of scan-wavelength sensors and systems. As an example application, we demonstrate absorption spectroscopy of vapor at a pressure of 10 atm.
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