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High-Power 1.5 μm Tapered Distributed Bragg Reflector Laser Diodes for Eye-Safe LIDAR

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1252
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


A high-power InAlGaAs/InP tapered distributed Bragg reflector laser diode with narrow linewidth emission at 1.5μm is reported. The laser has a monolithic waveguide architecture comprising a third-order grating section for longitudinal mode selection, an index-guided gain section for lateral mode filtering, and a gain-guided tapered section for power scaling. An output power of 770 mW is reported for continuous wave operation at room temperature. In pulsed mode, the laser delivered a peak power of 4.6 W with a full width at half-maximum spectral linewidth of only 250 pm. In addition to the narrow linewidth and high-power features, the emission wavelength exhibits a temperature dependent shift of only 0.1 nm/°C. The parameters achieved suggest that these laser diodes would enable the realization of compact LIDAR systems with improved signal-to-noise ratio, owing to the high output power and the possibility to use narrow passband filters at receiver side, which is enabled by the narrow and temperature-stable emission spectrum. The wavelength range around 1.5μm also enables LIDAR systems with high output powers while maintaining eye safety, ultimately leading to improved system performance.


  • Diode lasers, distributed Bragg reflector, high power, LIDAR

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