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Keywords:

  • Diode laser;
  • distributed Bragg reflector (DBR);
  • 671 nm;
  • Y-branch;
  • Raman spectroscopy;
  • shifted excitation Raman difference spectroscopy;
  • SERDS

Abstract

A dual-wavelength monolithic Y-branch distributed Bragg reflection (DBR) diode laser at 671 nm is presented. The device is realized with deeply etched surface DBR gratings by one-step epitaxy. A maximum optical output power of 110 mW is obtained in cw-operation for each laser cavity. The emission wavelengths of the device are 670.5 nm and 671.0 nm with a spectral width of 13 pm (0.3 cm−1) and a mean spectral distance of 0.46 nm (10.2 cm−1) over the whole operating range. Together with a free running power stability of ± 1.1% this most compact diode laser is ideally suited as an excitation light source for portable shifted excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS).