Abstract

We report a diode-pumped continuous wave (cw) orthogonally polarized dual-wavelength laser at 1339 and 1341 nm with a single b-cut Nd:YAlO3 (Nd:YAP) crystal. By adjusting the tilt angle of the uncoated glass plate inserted in the laser cavity, we can control the cavity losses of two polarized directions. The output wavelengths are 1339 nm in a-axis polarization and 1341 nm in c-axis polarization, respectively, which are orthogonal to each other. At an incident pump power of 17.3 W, the cw output power obtained at 1339 and 1341 nm is 1.6 and 2.3 W, respectively. Furthermore, intracavity sum-frequency mixing at 1339 and 1341 nm was then realized in a KTiOPO4 (KTP) crystal to reach the red range. To our knowledge, this is the first work realizing an orthogonally polarized dual-wavelength Nd:YAP laser based on the F43/24I13/2 transition. Such a dual-wavelength laser would be especially valuable as a compact laser source to generate terahertz emission because the frequency difference between 1339 and 1341 nm is about 0.9 THz.

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