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Opt Express. 2009 Nov 23;17(24):21977-85. doi: 10.1364/OE.17.021977.

Thermo-optic locking of a semiconductor laser to a microcavity resonance.

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  • 1Department of Physics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. tmcrae@physics.otago.ac.nz


We experimentally demonstrate thermo-optic locking of a semiconductor laser to an integrated toroidal optical microcavity. The lock is maintained for time periods exceeding twelve hours, without requiring any electronic control systems. Fast control is achieved by optical feedback induced by scattering centers within the microcavity, with thermal locking due to optical heating maintaining constructive interference between the cavity and the laser. Furthermore, the optical feedback acts to narrow the laser linewidth, with ultra high quality microtoroid resonances offering the potential for ultralow linewidth on-chip lasers.

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