A review of different types of photonic MEMS tunable lasers

A. Q. Liu, H. Cai, Xuming Zhang, J. Tamil

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In this paper, four different types of miniaturized Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) based tunable lasers, from photonic MEMS laser designs to fabrication techniques, are introduced. These tunable lasers are MEMS external cavity laser, injection-locked laser, coupled-cavity laser, and dual-wavelength laser. The properties, functionalities and performances of the MEMS-based tunable lasers are individually discussed based on their experimental results. The potential applications in fiber optical communications are also identified. These tunable lasers, which are more innovative in terms of design, specifications and configurations compared to traditional lasers, also provide significant improvements in their functionalities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEMS/MOEMS Technologies and Applications III
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventMEMS/MOEMS Technologies and Applications III - Beijing, China
Duration: 12 Nov 200714 Nov 2007


ConferenceMEMS/MOEMS Technologies and Applications III


  • Coupled-cavity laser
  • Dual-wavelength laser
  • External-cavity laser
  • Injection-locked laser
  • Microelectromechanical systems
  • Tunable laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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