Abstract

A Ti:sapphire-pumped idler-resonant femtosecond tandem optical parametric oscillator is reported that is based on periodically poled lithium niobate and operates with wavelength tuning from 2.1 to 4.2 μm (idlers) and 1.25 to 1.40 μm (signal). The configuration uses two cascaded gratings arranged so that the nonresonant signal from the first grating acts as a pump for the second grating. Novel phase-matching behavior is described and explained, including full tandem operation, degenerate parametric downconversion of the signal pulses, and simultaneous tandem operation with seeded optical parametric amplification. Signal spectra show characteristic depletion profiles, implying substantial conversion from the signal to the tandem idler output.

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2003 (1)

K. J. McEwan, “Synchronously pumped tandem OPO and OPO/DFM devices based on a single PPLN crystal,” in Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications II, K. L. Schepler, D. D. Lowenthal, and J. W. Pierce, eds., Proc. SPIE 4972, 1–12 (2003).

2002 (1)

D. Artigas and D. T. Reid, “High idler conversion in femtosecond optical parametric oscillators,” Opt. Commun. 210, 113–120 (2002).

2000 (1)

K. J. McEwan and J. A. C. Terry, “A tandem periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric oscillator (OPO),” Opt. Commun. 182, 423–432 (2000).

1999 (1)

1998 (3)

1997 (1)

1996 (1)

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “The tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085–2094 (1996).

1995 (1)

1994 (1)

1993 (1)

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “Optical parametric oscillation with intracavity sum-frequency generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 961–969 (1993).

Alexander, J. I.

Artigas, D.

D. Artigas and D. T. Reid, “High idler conversion in femtosecond optical parametric oscillators,” Opt. Commun. 210, 113–120 (2002).

Becouarn, L.

Bosenberg, W. R.

Cheung, E. C.

Dearborn, M. E.

M. E. Dearborn, K. Koch, G. T. Moore, and J. C. Diels, “Greater than 100% photon-conversion efficiency from an optical parametric oscillator with intracavity difference-frequency mixing,” Opt. Lett. 23, 759–761 (1998).

G. T. Moore, K. Koch, M. E. Dearborn, and M. Vaidyanathan, “A simultaneously phase-matched tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 803–810 (1998).

Delacourt, D.

Diels, J. C.

Dominic, V.

Eckardt, R. C.

Grayson, T. P.

Koch, K.

G. T. Moore, K. Koch, M. E. Dearborn, and M. Vaidyanathan, “A simultaneously phase-matched tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 803–810 (1998).

M. E. Dearborn, K. Koch, G. T. Moore, and J. C. Diels, “Greater than 100% photon-conversion efficiency from an optical parametric oscillator with intracavity difference-frequency mixing,” Opt. Lett. 23, 759–761 (1998).

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “The tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085–2094 (1996).

K. Koch, G. T. Moore, and E. C. Cheung, “Optical parametric oscillation with intracavity difference-frequency mixing,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2268–2273 (1995).

E. C. Cheung, K. Koch, and G. T. Moore, “Frequency up-conversion by phase-matched sum-frequency generation in an optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 19, 1967–1969 (1994).

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “Optical parametric oscillation with intracavity sum-frequency generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 961–969 (1993).

Lallier, E.

McEwan, K. J.

K. J. McEwan, “Synchronously pumped tandem OPO and OPO/DFM devices based on a single PPLN crystal,” in Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications II, K. L. Schepler, D. D. Lowenthal, and J. W. Pierce, eds., Proc. SPIE 4972, 1–12 (2003).

K. J. McEwan and J. A. C. Terry, “A tandem periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric oscillator (OPO),” Opt. Commun. 182, 423–432 (2000).

Moore, G. T.

M. E. Dearborn, K. Koch, G. T. Moore, and J. C. Diels, “Greater than 100% photon-conversion efficiency from an optical parametric oscillator with intracavity difference-frequency mixing,” Opt. Lett. 23, 759–761 (1998).

G. T. Moore, K. Koch, M. E. Dearborn, and M. Vaidyanathan, “A simultaneously phase-matched tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 803–810 (1998).

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “The tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085–2094 (1996).

K. Koch, G. T. Moore, and E. C. Cheung, “Optical parametric oscillation with intracavity difference-frequency mixing,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2268–2273 (1995).

E. C. Cheung, K. Koch, and G. T. Moore, “Frequency up-conversion by phase-matched sum-frequency generation in an optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 19, 1967–1969 (1994).

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “Optical parametric oscillation with intracavity sum-frequency generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 961–969 (1993).

Myers, L. E.

Papuchon, M.

Reid, D. T.

D. Artigas and D. T. Reid, “High idler conversion in femtosecond optical parametric oscillators,” Opt. Commun. 210, 113–120 (2002).

Terry, J. A. C.

K. J. McEwan and J. A. C. Terry, “A tandem periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric oscillator (OPO),” Opt. Commun. 182, 423–432 (2000).

Vaidyanathan, M.

G. T. Moore, K. Koch, M. E. Dearborn, and M. Vaidyanathan, “A simultaneously phase-matched tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 803–810 (1998).

M. Vaidyanathan, R. C. Eckardt, V. Dominic, L. E. Myers, and T. P. Grayson, “Cascaded optical parametric oscillations,” Opt. Express 1 (2), 49–53 (1997).

Wallace, R. W.

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “Optical parametric oscillation with intracavity sum-frequency generation,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 961–969 (1993).

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, “The tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085–2094 (1996).

G. T. Moore, K. Koch, M. E. Dearborn, and M. Vaidyanathan, “A simultaneously phase-matched tandem optical parametric oscillator,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 34, 803–810 (1998).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Opt. Commun. (2)

K. J. McEwan and J. A. C. Terry, “A tandem periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric oscillator (OPO),” Opt. Commun. 182, 423–432 (2000).

D. Artigas and D. T. Reid, “High idler conversion in femtosecond optical parametric oscillators,” Opt. Commun. 210, 113–120 (2002).

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Proc. SPIE (1)

K. J. McEwan, “Synchronously pumped tandem OPO and OPO/DFM devices based on a single PPLN crystal,” in Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications II, K. L. Schepler, D. D. Lowenthal, and J. W. Pierce, eds., Proc. SPIE 4972, 1–12 (2003).

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