Abstract

A new method for measuring the linewidth enhancement factor of a laser is proposed. It is based on frequency-modulated optical injection, combined with dual-frequency laser operation. The linewidth enhancement factor α is deduced from the experimental data using a theoretical analysis based on a standard rate equation model. As the intracavity power is kept constant, the method frees the process from the thermal effects that are usually present in AM/FM techniques. Measurement of α=0.28±0.04 in a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser demonstrates that the method is well-suited for characterizing small values of α.

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