Abstract

A singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on periodically poled LiNbO3 is pumped by a Nd:YAG-based oscillator–modulator–amplifier source. This pump source, operating at 1.064 μm, provides the ability to control the temporal characteristics of the OPO waveform. We illustrate pulse tailoring by demonstrating three pulse formats: a pulse with a sharply rising edge, a square pulse, and an amplitude-modulated square pulse. The OPO output is tuned over 1.45–1.67-μm (signal) and 2.9–4.0-μm (idler). We demonstrate a 7-μJ, 2-μs square pulse with 5-MHz sinusoidal amplitude modulation.

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  1. L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef]
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1996 (2)

1995 (2)

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. S. J. Russell, D. C. Hanna, “532 nm pumped optical parametric oscillator in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

1982 (1)

S. Guha, F. J. Wu, J. Falk, “The effects of focusing on parametric oscillation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907–912 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Alexander, J. I.

Alonis, J. J.

Bosenberg, W. R.

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, “Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 519–593 (1996).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, J. I. Alexander, L. E. Myers, R. L. Byer, “Continuous-wave, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 713–715 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

Byer, R. L.

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, J. I. Alexander, L. E. Myers, R. L. Byer, “Continuous-wave, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 713–715 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, “Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 519–593 (1996).
[CrossRef]

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

Dominic, V.

T. P. Grayson, L. E. Myers, M. D. Nelson, V. Dominic, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 71.

Drobshoff, A.

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, J. I. Alexander, L. E. Myers, R. L. Byer, “Continuous-wave, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 713–715 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

Eckardt, R. C.

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, “Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 519–593 (1996).
[CrossRef]

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

Falk, J.

S. Guha, F. J. Wu, J. Falk, “The effects of focusing on parametric oscillation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907–912 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Fejer, M. M.

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, “Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 519–593 (1996).
[CrossRef]

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

Gerstenberger, D. C.

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

Grayson, T. P.

T. P. Grayson, L. E. Myers, M. D. Nelson, V. Dominic, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 71.

Grossman, W. M.

Guha, S.

S. Guha, F. J. Wu, J. Falk, “The effects of focusing on parametric oscillation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907–912 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, D. C.

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. S. J. Russell, D. C. Hanna, “532 nm pumped optical parametric oscillator in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Myers, L. E.

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, “Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 519–593 (1996).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, J. I. Alexander, L. E. Myers, R. L. Byer, “Continuous-wave, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled LiNbO3,” Opt. Lett. 21, 713–715 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

T. P. Grayson, L. E. Myers, M. D. Nelson, V. Dominic, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 71.

Nelson, M. D.

T. P. Grayson, L. E. Myers, M. D. Nelson, V. Dominic, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 71.

Pierce, J. W.

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Plaessmann, H.

Pruneri, V.

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. S. J. Russell, D. C. Hanna, “532 nm pumped optical parametric oscillator in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Ré, S. A.

Russell, P. S. J.

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. S. J. Russell, D. C. Hanna, “532 nm pumped optical parametric oscillator in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Vecht, D. L.

Webjorn, J.

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. S. J. Russell, D. C. Hanna, “532 nm pumped optical parametric oscillator in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Wu, F. J.

S. Guha, F. J. Wu, J. Falk, “The effects of focusing on parametric oscillation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907–912 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. S. J. Russell, D. C. Hanna, “532 nm pumped optical parametric oscillator in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

S. Guha, F. J. Wu, J. Falk, “The effects of focusing on parametric oscillation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907–912 (1982).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. (1)

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, W. R. Bosenberg, J. W. Pierce, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators in bulk periodically poled LiNbO3,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B. 12, 2102–2116 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

T. P. Grayson, L. E. Myers, M. D. Nelson, V. Dominic, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 71.

W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, D. C. Gerstenberger, L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), pp. 42–44.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

System layout. A nonplanar ring oscillator (NPRO) laser is focused through an acousto-optic modulator (AOM). The first-order diffracted beam is directed into the 16-pass amplifier.7 The amplifier output beam is directed through an optical isolator and is mode matched to periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) OPO. HWP, half wave plate; M, 1.064-μm mirror; fl, focal length.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Waveforms for square pulse input to amplifier. Gain saturation in the amplifier alters the input pulse shape to one with a sharp leading edge, followed by a more slowly decaying tail. The pump pulse energy is 171 μJ, and OPO output at 1.67 μm is 12.5 μJ. Total pump depletion is ~20%. The last 4 μs of pump do not contribute to the OPO output, because the peak power of the pump falls below the OPO threshold, terminating the OPO operation.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Waveforms for square output from the OPO. Pump pulse energy is 72 μJ, and OPO output at 1.67 μm is 9.8 μJ. Pulse duration is 2 μs. Pump depletion is approximately 30%.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Waveforms of the amplitude-modulated square pulses output from OPO. Pump pulse energy is 93 μJ, and OPO output is 7 μJ. Pump depletion is 20%, and peak-to-peak amplitude noise is of the order of 10%.

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