Abstract

We report a high-average-power mid-infrared picosecond (ps) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on orientation-patterned gallium arsenide (OP-GaAs), with wide wavelength tunability. The OP-GaAs OPO is synchronously pumped by a thulium-doped-fiber (TDF) master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA), seeded by a gain-switched laser diode. At a pump power of 35.3 W and a repetition rate of 100 MHz, a maximum OPO total average output power of 9.7 W (signal 5.7 W (0.60 kW peak power), idler 4.0 W (0.42 kW peak power)) is obtained at signal and idler wavelengths of 3093 nm and 5598 nm, and a thermally induced power roll-off is observed. To mitigate the thermal effects, an optical chopper is placed before the OPO to provide burst mode operation and a reduced thermal load. We achieved a linear growth in OPO output power over the full range of available pump powers in this instance confirming thermal effects as the origin of the roll-off observed under continuous pumping. We estimate the maximum peak powers of the signal and idler are estimated to be over 0.79 kW and 0.58 kW, respectively in this instance. A wide mid-infrared wavelength tuning range of 2895-3342 nm (signal) and 4935-6389 nm (idler) is demonstrated.

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A. M. Heidt, Z. Li, and D. J. Richardson, “High power diode-seeded fiber amplifiers at 2 µm—from architectures to applications,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 20(5), 525–536 (2014).
[Crossref]

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Alam, S. U.

Alam, S.-u.

Arisholm, G.

Becouarn, L.

Bjork, B. J.

Bliss, D.

Bliss, D. F.

Boiko, ÉV

Bryan Changala, P.

Budni, P. A.

P. G. Schunemann, L. A. Pomeranz, S. D. Setzler, C. W. Jones, and P. A. Budni, “CW mid-IR OPO based on OP-GaAs,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2013 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2013), paper JSII_2_3.

Bui, T. Q.

Byer, R. L.

Chan, H.-Y.

Chinn, S.

Clément, Q.

Cole, B.

Dherbecourt, J. B.

Eichhorn, M.

A. Hildenbrand, C. Kieleck, E. Lallier, D. Faye, A. Grisard, B. Gérard, and M. Eichhorn, “Compact efficient mid-infrared laser source: OP-GaAs OPO pumped by Ho3+: YAG laser,” Proc. SPIE 8187, 81870H (2011).
[Crossref]

C. Kieleck, M. Eichhorn, A. Hirth, D. Faye, and E. Lallier, “High-efficiency 20–50 kHz mid-infrared orientation-patterned GaAs optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 2 µm holmium laser,” Opt. Lett. 34(3), 262–264 (2009).
[Crossref]

Eyres, L. A.

Faure, B.

Faye, D.

A. Hildenbrand, C. Kieleck, E. Lallier, D. Faye, A. Grisard, B. Gérard, and M. Eichhorn, “Compact efficient mid-infrared laser source: OP-GaAs OPO pumped by Ho3+: YAG laser,” Proc. SPIE 8187, 81870H (2011).
[Crossref]

C. Kieleck, M. Eichhorn, A. Hirth, D. Faye, and E. Lallier, “High-efficiency 20–50 kHz mid-infrared orientation-patterned GaAs optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 2 µm holmium laser,” Opt. Lett. 34(3), 262–264 (2009).
[Crossref]

Feaver, R. K.

Fejer, M. M.

Fermann, M.

Fermann, M. E.

French, D.

Fu, Q.

Gerard, B.

Gérard, B.

Godard, A.

Goldberg, L.

Grisard, A.

Harris, J. S.

Hartl, I.

Heckl, O. H.

Heidt, A. M.

A. M. Heidt, Z. Li, and D. J. Richardson, “High power diode-seeded fiber amplifiers at 2 µm—from architectures to applications,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 20(5), 525–536 (2014).
[Crossref]

Hildenbrand, A.

A. Hildenbrand, C. Kieleck, E. Lallier, D. Faye, A. Grisard, B. Gérard, and M. Eichhorn, “Compact efficient mid-infrared laser source: OP-GaAs OPO pumped by Ho3+: YAG laser,” Proc. SPIE 8187, 81870H (2011).
[Crossref]

Hirth, A.

Hoffmann, D.

Jiang, J.

Jones, C. W.

P. G. Schunemann, L. A. Pomeranz, S. D. Setzler, C. W. Jones, and P. A. Budni, “CW mid-IR OPO based on OP-GaAs,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2013 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2013), paper JSII_2_3.

Jovanovic, I.

Jung, Y.

Jungbluth, B.

Kieleck, C.

A. Hildenbrand, C. Kieleck, E. Lallier, D. Faye, A. Grisard, B. Gérard, and M. Eichhorn, “Compact efficient mid-infrared laser source: OP-GaAs OPO pumped by Ho3+: YAG laser,” Proc. SPIE 8187, 81870H (2011).
[Crossref]

C. Kieleck, M. Eichhorn, A. Hirth, D. Faye, and E. Lallier, “High-efficiency 20–50 kHz mid-infrared orientation-patterned GaAs optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 2 µm holmium laser,” Opt. Lett. 34(3), 262–264 (2009).
[Crossref]

Kuo, P. S.

Lallier, E.

Lee, K. F.

Leindecker, N.

Levi, O.

Li, Z.

A. M. Heidt, Z. Li, and D. J. Richardson, “High power diode-seeded fiber amplifiers at 2 µm—from architectures to applications,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 20(5), 525–536 (2014).
[Crossref]

Liang, S.

Marandi, A.

McCarthy, J.

Melkonian, J. M.

Mirov, S. B.

Nyga, S.

Peterson, R.

Peterson, R. D.

Petrishchev, N. N.

Pinguet, T. J.

Pomeranz, L. A.

B. Cole, L. Goldberg, S. Chinn, L. A. Pomeranz, K. T. Zawilski, P. G. Schunemann, and J. McCarthy, “Compact and efficient mid-IR OPO source pumped by a passively Q-switched Tm:YAP laser,” Opt. Lett. 43(5), 1099–1102 (2018).
[Crossref]

P. G. Schunemann, L. A. Pomeranz, S. D. Setzler, C. W. Jones, and P. A. Budni, “CW mid-IR OPO based on OP-GaAs,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2013 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2013), paper JSII_2_3.

Porat, G.

Powers, P. E.

Raybaut, M.

Richardson, D. J.

Schober, A.

Schunemann, P. G.

B. Cole, L. Goldberg, S. Chinn, L. A. Pomeranz, K. T. Zawilski, P. G. Schunemann, and J. McCarthy, “Compact and efficient mid-IR OPO source pumped by a passively Q-switched Tm:YAP laser,” Opt. Lett. 43(5), 1099–1102 (2018).
[Crossref]

O. H. Heckl, B. J. Bjork, G. Winkler, P. Bryan Changala, B. Spaun, G. Porat, T. Q. Bui, K. F. Lee, J. Jiang, M. E. Fermann, P. G. Schunemann, and J. Ye, “Three-photon absorption in optical parametric oscillators based on OP-GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 41(22), 5405–5408 (2016).
[Crossref]

V. O. Smolski, S. Vasilyev, P. G. Schunemann, S. B. Mirov, and K. L. Vodopyanov, “Cr:ZnS laser-pumped subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator with the spectrum spanning 3.6-5.6 µm,” Opt. Lett. 40(12), 2906–2908 (2015).
[Crossref]

N. Leindecker, A. Marandi, R. L. Byer, K. L. Vodopyanov, J. Jiang, I. Hartl, M. Fermann, and P. G. Schunemann, “Octave-spanning ultrafast OPO with 2.6-6.1 µm instantaneous bandwidth pumped by femtosecond Tm-fiber laser,” Opt. Express 20(7), 7046–7053 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. L. Vodopyanov, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and P. G. Schunemann, “Mid-IR frequency comb source spanning 4.4–5.4 µm based on subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 36(12), 2275–2277 (2011).
[Crossref]

P. G. Schunemann, “New nonlinear optical crystals for the mid-infrared,” in Advanced Solid State Lasers Conference, 2015 OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, 2015), paper AM2A.2.

P. G. Schunemann, L. A. Pomeranz, S. D. Setzler, C. W. Jones, and P. A. Budni, “CW mid-IR OPO based on OP-GaAs,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2013 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2013), paper JSII_2_3.

Serebryakov, V. A.

Setzler, S. D.

P. G. Schunemann, L. A. Pomeranz, S. D. Setzler, C. W. Jones, and P. A. Budni, “CW mid-IR OPO based on OP-GaAs,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - International Quantum Electronics Conference, 2013 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2013), paper JSII_2_3.

Shao, Z.

Shen, C.

Shen, D.

Shepherd, D. P.

Sigrist, M. W.

M. W. Sigrist, “Mid-infrared laser-spectroscopic sensing of chemical species,” J. Adv. Res. 6(3), 529–533 (2015).
[Crossref]

Sijan, A.

A. Sijan, “Development of military lasers for optical countermeasures in the mid-IR,” Proc. SPIE 7483, 748304 (2009).
[Crossref]

Simanovskii, D. M.

Skauli, T.

Smolski, V. O.

Sorokin, E.

Sorokina, I. T.

Souhaité, G.

Spaun, B.

Tang, J.

Vasilyev, S.

Vodopyanov, K. L.

V. O. Smolski, S. Vasilyev, P. G. Schunemann, S. B. Mirov, and K. L. Vodopyanov, “Cr:ZnS laser-pumped subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator with the spectrum spanning 3.6-5.6 µm,” Opt. Lett. 40(12), 2906–2908 (2015).
[Crossref]

N. Leindecker, A. Marandi, R. L. Byer, K. L. Vodopyanov, J. Jiang, I. Hartl, M. Fermann, and P. G. Schunemann, “Octave-spanning ultrafast OPO with 2.6-6.1 µm instantaneous bandwidth pumped by femtosecond Tm-fiber laser,” Opt. Express 20(7), 7046–7053 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. L. Vodopyanov, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and P. G. Schunemann, “Mid-IR frequency comb source spanning 4.4–5.4 µm based on subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 36(12), 2275–2277 (2011).
[Crossref]

P. S. Kuo, K. L. Vodopyanov, M. M. Fejer, X. Yu, J. S. Harris, D. F. Bliss, and D. Weyburne, “GaAs optical parametric oscillator with circularly polarized and depolarized pump,” Opt. Lett. 32(18), 2735–2737 (2007).
[Crossref]

P. S. Kuo, K. L. Vodopyanov, M. M. Fejer, D. M. Simanovskii, X. Yu, J. S. Harris, D. Bliss, and D. Weyburne, “Optical parametric generation of a mid-infrared continuum in orientation-patterned GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 31(1), 71–73 (2006).
[Crossref]

K. L. Vodopyanov, O. Levi, P. S. Kuo, T. J. Pinguet, J. S. Harris, M. M. Fejer, B. Gerard, L. Becouarn, and E. Lallier, “Optical parametric oscillation in quasi-phase-matched GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 29(16), 1912–1914 (2004).
[Crossref]

T. Skauli, K. L. Vodopyanov, T. J. Pinguet, A. Schober, O. Levi, L. A. Eyres, M. M. Fejer, J. S. Harris, B. Gerard, L. Becouarn, E. Lallier, and G. Arisholm, “Measurement of the nonlinear coefficient of orientation-patterned GaAs and demonstration of highly efficient second-harmonic generation,” Opt. Lett. 27(8), 628–630 (2002).
[Crossref]

I. T. Sorokina and K. L. Vodopyanov, Solid-State Mid-Infrared Laser Sources (Springer Science & Business Media, 2003).

Weyburne, D.

Winkler, G.

Wueppen, J.

Xu, L.

Yan, A. V.

Yao, W.

Ye, J.

Yu, X.

Zawilski, K. T.

Zhao, Y.

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A. M. Heidt, Z. Li, and D. J. Richardson, “High power diode-seeded fiber amplifiers at 2 µm—from architectures to applications,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 20(5), 525–536 (2014).
[Crossref]

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M. W. Sigrist, “Mid-infrared laser-spectroscopic sensing of chemical species,” J. Adv. Res. 6(3), 529–533 (2015).
[Crossref]

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Opt. Express (5)

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Q. Clément, J. M. Melkonian, J. B. Dherbecourt, M. Raybaut, A. Grisard, E. Lallier, B. Gérard, B. Faure, G. Souhaité, and A. Godard, “Longwave infrared, single-frequency, tunable, pulsed optical parametric oscillator based on orientation-patterned GaAs for gas sensing,” Opt. Lett. 40(12), 2676–2679 (2015).
[Crossref]

V. O. Smolski, S. Vasilyev, P. G. Schunemann, S. B. Mirov, and K. L. Vodopyanov, “Cr:ZnS laser-pumped subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator with the spectrum spanning 3.6-5.6 µm,” Opt. Lett. 40(12), 2906–2908 (2015).
[Crossref]

J. Wueppen, S. Nyga, B. Jungbluth, and D. Hoffmann, “1.95  µm-pumped OP-GaAs optical parametric oscillator with 10.6  µm idler wavelength,” Opt. Lett. 41(18), 4225–4228 (2016).
[Crossref]

O. H. Heckl, B. J. Bjork, G. Winkler, P. Bryan Changala, B. Spaun, G. Porat, T. Q. Bui, K. F. Lee, J. Jiang, M. E. Fermann, P. G. Schunemann, and J. Ye, “Three-photon absorption in optical parametric oscillators based on OP-GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 41(22), 5405–5408 (2016).
[Crossref]

L. Xu, Q. Fu, S. Liang, D. P. Shepherd, D. J. Richardson, and S. U. Alam, “Thulium-fiber-laser-pumped, high-peak-power, picosecond, mid-infrared orientation-patterned GaAs optical parametric generator and amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 42(19), 4036–4039 (2017).
[Crossref]

B. Cole, L. Goldberg, S. Chinn, L. A. Pomeranz, K. T. Zawilski, P. G. Schunemann, and J. McCarthy, “Compact and efficient mid-IR OPO source pumped by a passively Q-switched Tm:YAP laser,” Opt. Lett. 43(5), 1099–1102 (2018).
[Crossref]

T. Skauli, K. L. Vodopyanov, T. J. Pinguet, A. Schober, O. Levi, L. A. Eyres, M. M. Fejer, J. S. Harris, B. Gerard, L. Becouarn, E. Lallier, and G. Arisholm, “Measurement of the nonlinear coefficient of orientation-patterned GaAs and demonstration of highly efficient second-harmonic generation,” Opt. Lett. 27(8), 628–630 (2002).
[Crossref]

K. L. Vodopyanov, O. Levi, P. S. Kuo, T. J. Pinguet, J. S. Harris, M. M. Fejer, B. Gerard, L. Becouarn, and E. Lallier, “Optical parametric oscillation in quasi-phase-matched GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 29(16), 1912–1914 (2004).
[Crossref]

P. S. Kuo, K. L. Vodopyanov, M. M. Fejer, D. M. Simanovskii, X. Yu, J. S. Harris, D. Bliss, and D. Weyburne, “Optical parametric generation of a mid-infrared continuum in orientation-patterned GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 31(1), 71–73 (2006).
[Crossref]

P. S. Kuo, K. L. Vodopyanov, M. M. Fejer, X. Yu, J. S. Harris, D. F. Bliss, and D. Weyburne, “GaAs optical parametric oscillator with circularly polarized and depolarized pump,” Opt. Lett. 32(18), 2735–2737 (2007).
[Crossref]

C. Kieleck, M. Eichhorn, A. Hirth, D. Faye, and E. Lallier, “High-efficiency 20–50 kHz mid-infrared orientation-patterned GaAs optical parametric oscillator pumped by a 2 µm holmium laser,” Opt. Lett. 34(3), 262–264 (2009).
[Crossref]

D. French, R. Peterson, and I. Jovanovic, “Energy-scalable pulsed mid-IR source using orientation-patterned GaAs,” Opt. Lett. 36(4), 496–498 (2011).
[Crossref]

K. L. Vodopyanov, E. Sorokin, I. T. Sorokina, and P. G. Schunemann, “Mid-IR frequency comb source spanning 4.4–5.4 µm based on subharmonic GaAs optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 36(12), 2275–2277 (2011).
[Crossref]

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A. Hildenbrand, C. Kieleck, E. Lallier, D. Faye, A. Grisard, B. Gérard, and M. Eichhorn, “Compact efficient mid-infrared laser source: OP-GaAs OPO pumped by Ho3+: YAG laser,” Proc. SPIE 8187, 81870H (2011).
[Crossref]

A. Sijan, “Development of military lasers for optical countermeasures in the mid-IR,” Proc. SPIE 7483, 748304 (2009).
[Crossref]

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1. Schematic of the TDF MOPA system and the OP-GaAs OPO. LD: laser diode; ISO: isolator; TDF: thulium doped fiber; WDM: wavelength-division multiplexer; EYDFL: erbium/ytterbium co-doped fiber laser; FBG: fiber Bragg grating; PC: polarization controller; PM: polarization maintaining; LMA: large-mode-area; HWP: half-wave plate; PBS: polarizing beam splitter; M1, M2: mirror 1,2; LPF1,2: long-pass filter 1,2.
Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. Spectra of the gain-switched seed diode, and spectra at the outputs of the 0.2-nm and 0.5-nm spectral filter.
Fig. 3.
Fig. 3. (a) Output powers from TDFA4 and an associated linear fit. Inset: Temporal profile of the pulses from TDFA4 at maximum output power; (b) TDFA4 spectra at different output power levels. Inset: TDFA4 spectra at maximum output power shown for a wider wavelength range.
Fig. 4.
Fig. 4. (a) Output powers and conversion efficiencies from the OP-GaAs OPO; (b) OPO output powers comparison with chopper and without chopper.
Fig. 5.
Fig. 5. (a) Tunability of the signal and idler from the OP-GaAs OPO; (b) Typical spectra of generated signal and idler.
Fig. 6.
Fig. 6. Beam qualities of generated signal and idler both at low and high pump power.

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