Intrinsically stable high-power single longitudinal mode laser using spatial hole burning free gain

Oliver Lux*, Soumya Sarang, Ondrej Kitzler, David J. Spence, Richard P. Mildren

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Abstract

A fundamental advantage of lasers is their ability to produce a large number of photons in a single optical mode, yet this is achieved in only a minor fraction of devices due to the instability mechanism called spatial hole burning. Here, we exploit the spatial hole burning free nature of a stimulated scattering gain medium to demonstrate single longitudinal mode (SLM) operation in a generic standing wave cavity. A continuous wave diamond Raman oscillator with multi-Watt-level output power and a frequency stability of 80 MHz is demonstrated without use of additional modeselective elements. Mode stability is addressed by considering the coupling of the Stokes power with thermally induced optical path length changes in the gain medium. The results foreshadow a novel approach for greatly extending the power and wavelength range of SLM laser sources, and with potential advantages for achieving sub-Poissonian intensity noise and sub-Schawlow–Townes linewidths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-881
Number of pages6
JournalOptica
Volume3
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2016

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