Abstract

A single nonlinear differential equation describing a cw synchronously pumped, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator is derived. This equation accounts for the important effects associated with this kind of ultrashort tunable-pulse generation, including the effects of phase mismatch, pulse walk-off, group-velocity dispersion, cavity-length detuning, and pump depletion. The various effects are investigated in detail through numerical solutions. The formalism is general enough that the results obtained are applicable to a wide variety of systems.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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