In this paper, we investigate modulation transfer in an injection-locked diode laser when the master laser frequency or intensity is modulated. The modulation transfer properties of injection-locked diode lasers are shown to depend on frequency detuning between the master and slave lasers. This observation is of practical importance, since the laser frequencies are typically prone to ambient conditions. Also conversion of the master laser frequency modulation to slave laser intensity modulation is shown to be of importance if large frequency modulation amplitudes and small intensity modulation amplitudes of the master laser are used. On the other hand, the injection-locking technique is proved to be an effective way to suppress spurious intensity modulation in certain operational conditions.
- diode laser
- injection locking