We demonstrate a widely tunable vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) with a W-shaped cavity, in which two VECSEL chips serve as fold mirrors and a birefringent filter is inserted at Brewster's angle. These two chips provide much higher modal gain and broader bandwidth of the gain than a single chip does, enhancing the VECSEL tuning range and reducing the variation of tunable output power with the tuned wavelength. This two-chip VECSEL configuration makes it possible to shape the modal gain spectra of the laser or to manipulate the tuning curve of the laser by two different chips with certain gain peak detuning (offset). Multiwatts high-brightness linearly polarized output with a tuning range of 33 nm is demonstrated in such a two-chip VECSEL.
- Birefringent filter (BF)
- Optically pumped semiconductor laser
- Tunable linearly polarized vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering