We propose a novel and simple approach for tuning of the laser wavelength. A homogeneously aligned nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cell with 4′-n-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) is inserted in an external-cavity semiconductor laser as the fine-tuning element of wavelength. Varying the voltage biasing the NLC cell, its extraordinary index of refraction would change due to field-induced reorientation of the LC director. This is equivalent to tune the laser cavity length. As a result, the laser wavelength can be continuously tuned. With a NLC cell 35.5 μm in thickness, the output frequency of the present laser can be tuned over 4 GHz for a 30-cm-long laser cavity without hopping. The driving rms voltage was less than 2 volts.
|Journal||Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 2004|
|Event||Proceedings of the 19th International Liquid Crystal Conference, ILCC2002 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
Duration: 30 Jun 2002 → 5 Jul 2002
- External-cavity diode laser
- Intracavity tuning
- Nematic liquid crystal cell