This reference describes in detail the critical issue of frequency stabilization of semiconductor laser diodes, with emphasis on the practical frequency stabilization schemes of laser diodes and laser modules, and their applications to optical transmission systems, optical measurements, photonics switching systems, and more. Written by three of the world's foremost authorities on the topic, "Frequency Stabilization of Semiconductor Laser Diodes": provides an assessment of the current state of the art; shows the performance characteristics of semiconductor laser diodes; demonstrates how the operation frequency of semiconductor lasers can be stabilized; details the frequency references for the laser stabilization; and reveals how frequency stabilized lasers can be employed in a wide variety of applications in the optical communications areas. The book includes numerous references and features 137 equations and over 300 figures. This source is for engineers, scientists and others who want to systematically study the topic, learn how to fabricate novel devices, or develop advanced applications systems.
Part 1 Introduction: why frequency stabilization of semiconductor laser diodes now?; developmental history of frequency stabilized lasers; optical fibre communications and requirements for frequency stabilized lasers. Part 2 Semiconductor lasers: structure and operation of semiconductor lasers; dynamic characteristics of semiconductor lasers. Part 3 Fundamental concepts of frequency stabilization: line-width and frequency noise measurement; absolute frequency stability. Part 4 Frequency references: interferometers; atomic transitions; optogalvanic effect; gas molecule absorptions. Part 5 Frequency stabilization schemes and apparatus: compact frequency references; frequency stabilization and apparatus; stabilization schemes without frequency dithering; combined stabilization schemes; gas laser stabilization; solid-state laser stabilization. Part 6 Applications of frequency stabilized semiconductor lasers: multi-channel frequency stabilization schemes; demonstration of multi-channel FDM transmission and switching.