Abstract

In this paper, a high-power and high-efficiency 4.3 µm mid-infrared (MIR) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on ZnGeP2 (ZGP) crystal is demonstrated. An acousto-optically Q-switched Ho:Y3Al5O12 laser operating at 2.1 µm with a maximum average output power of 35 W and pulse width of 38 ns at a repetition rate of 15 kHz is established and employed as the pump source. A doubly resonant OPO is designed and realized with the total MIR output power of 13.27 W, including the signal and idler output power of 2.65 W at 4.07 µm and 10.62 W at 4.3 µm. The corresponding total optical-to-optical and slope efficiencies are 37.9% and 67.1%, respectively. The shortest pulse width, beam quality factor, and output power instability are measured to be 36 ns, Mx2=1.8, My2=2.0, and RMS<1.9% at 8 h, respectively. Our results pave a way for designing high-power and high-efficiency 4–5 µm MIR laser sources.

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