Archive for the ‘Holography’ Category

General Technical Discussions

October 24, 2010

The original post was about the closure of the holography forum, which has now been replaced by the holoforum created by Ahmet.

I changed the title and topic of the thread, as various general and interesting comments were made that had nothing to do with the closure of the forum. I think in this way the information will be easier accessible.

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ECDL reloaded

June 3, 2009

My first attempt at an external cavity diode laser (ECDL) didn’t work nicely at all, it didn’t run single longitudinal mode and thus was completely useless for holography purposes. Recently I just put in other types of diodes, notably a high power “open can” DVD burner diode, and immediately things worked out perfectly! See for details here. I wonder about the great difference – perhaps it is just the missing output window of the diode?

I also used another sample of those diodes in an commercial ECDL laser that was originally designed for 780nm. And voila, it worked again very well. Some info on this (quite simple) conversion of this laser is here.

Finally, I wanted to see how a “blu-ray” 406nm diode works in an ECDL setup; before I had found that the bare diode by itself is totally unsuitable. I found that in my ECDL configuration the diode can run single longitudinal mode but only to powers of approx 15mW. See for details here.

PS. Aug 28: I was playing with a Mitsubishi ML101J27 in an ECDL and it worked fine .. until I changed polarization and the stronger feedback killed the diode despite I thought was careful. Good that I learned this lesson with that diode and not with an Opnext HL6285… one lesson is to determine the diffraction efficiency of the grating, for both polarizations, and then estimate the maximal drive beforehand. But there is no really safe way to find out what the maximal power of an ECDL is. At any rate, I plan to try an Opnext soon.