Abstract

Techniques are presented for obtaining stable, single mode output from an optical parametric oscillator and for aligning such an oscillator with a molecular or atomic transition. A line width of 10−3 cm−1 or less was obtained with a long term frequency stability of 10−3 cm−1 or better. It has been demonstrated that an OPO can stay aligned for several hours with an absorption line of half-width 0.01 cm−1.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

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  6. P. B. Sackett, to be published.

1973 (2)

S. R. Leone, C. B. Moore, Chem. Phys. Lett. 19, 340 (1973).
[CrossRef]

P. B. Sackett, A. Hordvik, H. Schlossberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 22, 367 (1973).
[CrossRef]

1971 (1)

See, for example, review articles by C. B. Moore, Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. 22, 387 (1971); Acc. Chem. Res., 6, 323 (1973).
[CrossRef]

1969 (1)

S. E. Harris, Proc. IEEE 57, 2096 (1969).
[CrossRef]

1965 (1)

J. A. Giordmaine, R. C. Miller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 14, 973 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Giordmaine, J. A.

J. A. Giordmaine, R. C. Miller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 14, 973 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Harris, S. E.

S. E. Harris, Proc. IEEE 57, 2096 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Hordvik, A.

P. B. Sackett, A. Hordvik, H. Schlossberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 22, 367 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Leone, S. R.

S. R. Leone, C. B. Moore, Chem. Phys. Lett. 19, 340 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Miller, R. C.

J. A. Giordmaine, R. C. Miller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 14, 973 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Moore, C. B.

S. R. Leone, C. B. Moore, Chem. Phys. Lett. 19, 340 (1973).
[CrossRef]

See, for example, review articles by C. B. Moore, Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. 22, 387 (1971); Acc. Chem. Res., 6, 323 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Sackett, P. B.

P. B. Sackett, A. Hordvik, H. Schlossberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 22, 367 (1973).
[CrossRef]

P. B. Sackett, to be published.

Schlossberg, H.

P. B. Sackett, A. Hordvik, H. Schlossberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 22, 367 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. (1)

See, for example, review articles by C. B. Moore, Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. 22, 387 (1971); Acc. Chem. Res., 6, 323 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

P. B. Sackett, A. Hordvik, H. Schlossberg, Appl. Phys. Lett. 22, 367 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Chem. Phys. Lett. (1)

S. R. Leone, C. B. Moore, Chem. Phys. Lett. 19, 340 (1973).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

J. A. Giordmaine, R. C. Miller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 14, 973 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Proc. IEEE (1)

S. E. Harris, Proc. IEEE 57, 2096 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

P. B. Sackett, to be published.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

FP scans of unnarrowed OPO output with (a) crystal aligned with pump beam and (b) crystal tilted 4 mrad. Note that the position of the frequency markers has shifted from one scan to the other due to thermal drift.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

OPO gain curve (1), OPO etalon transmission curve (2), and OPO cavity transmission curve (3). For stable, single mode operation the center frequency of each curve must coincide.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Average idler power during single mode operation.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Two consecutive FP scans of the single mode idler out-put. Each scan lasted about 4 min.

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